The Pixar blockbuster “Brave” sailed past the competition to debut at No. 1 spot for movies on demand from November 12 to November 18, 2012, according to Rentrak. In this animated film, a rebellious, tomboyish Scottish princess name Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) with a passion for archery must find her inner warrior when a family member falls victim to a witch’s spell. The voice cast also includes Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson and Billy Connolly. “Brave” got mixed-to-good reviews and continued the trend of a Pixar movie being the biggest animated film of the year at the box office.
The sci-fi comedy “The Watch,” which debuted at No. 2, features Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade as a group of neighbors who team up to form a neighborhood-watch committee after a series of mysterious break-in. The group then finds out that the intruders are space aliens that want to take over the world. “The Watch” was a flop with critics and in cinemas.
“Savages,” a graphically violent film from Oliver Stone, debuted at No. 3. The drama is about two best friends who are drug dealers (played by Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and who share the same girlfriend (played by Blake Lively) and seem to live a blissful existence in Orange County, California. Their lives are thrown into turmoil when she’s kidnapped by a Mexican drug lord who wants to take over the friends’ lucrative business. “Savages” got mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and had lukewarm sales at the box office.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” dropped from No. 2 to No. 4. If the movie had been released on a Tuesday, it would have likely debuted at No. 1. This blockbuster reboot of the Spider-Man saga stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as his love interest Gwen Stacy. The movie’s villain is a brilliant scientist-gone-wrong Curt Connors (played by Rhys Ifans), who morphs into The Lizard. The movie got mostly good reviews and is one of the biggest box-office hits of 2012.
The raunchy political comedy “The Campaign” plummeted from No. 1 to No. 5. Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis star in “The Campaign” as two very different political candidates vying for the same congressional seat in North Carolina. Ferrell is incumbent Cam Brady, a corrupt career politician, who is battling against idealistic political newcomer Marty Huggins (played by Galifianakis). Both men get caught up in outdoing each other and increasing the outrageous stakes in what they’re willing to do to win the election. “The Campaign” got mixed reviews and did mediocre business at the box office.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for November 12 to November 18, 2012:
1. Brave (debut)
2. The Watch (debut)
3. Savages (debut)
4. The Amazing Spider-Man (No. 2 in the previous week)
5. The Campaign (No. 1 in the previous week)