The sci-fi action blockbuster “Men in Black 3” sailed into a No. 1 debut for movies on demand from November 26 to December 2, 2012, according to Rentrak. Agent J (played by Will Smith) and Agent K (played by Tommy Lee Jones) are back in their mission to save Earth from menacing alien forces. This time, J has to go back to 1969 to meet a young J (played by Josh Brolin) to change past events in order to prevent him from being killed in the future by an enemy assassin (played by Jemaine Clement) who plans to take over the world. “Men in Black 3” was a worldwide smash and got good reviews from critics, most of whom said the “Men in Black 3” is far superior to “Men in Black 2.”
“Lawless” debuted at No. 2. In this drama, three bootlegger brothers (Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jason Clark) in Prohibition-era Virginia fight to stay in business as a corrupt lawman (played by Guy Pearce) targets them. Meanwhile, two of the brothers find themselves falling for two very different women (played by Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska), who are both attracted to the brothers’ outlaw lifestyle. The movie got mixed reviews and had mediocre returns at the box office.
“The Expendables 2” dropped from No. 1 to No. 3. Sylvester Stallone leads a cast of action stars in this sequel to the 2010 worldwide blockbuster “The Expendables.” Also returning to the sequel are Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger (The latter two have larger roles in “The Expendables 2” than they did in the first “Expendables” movie.) New cast members include Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Liam Hemsworth. The movie got mixed reviews but was a big hit at the box office, especially outside the United States.
“Step Up Revolution” debuted at No. 4. This is the fourth movie in the “Step Up” series, which all stick to the same formula: Attractive young people are aspiring urban dancers; at least two of them fall in love with each other; and there’s plenty of flashy choreography and dance scenes. The cast of “Step Up Revolution,” which is set in Miami, includes Kathryn McCormick, Misha Gabriel and Ryan Guzman. The “Step Up” movies are generally hated by critics. “Step Up Revolution” did lukewarm business at the box office.
The sci-fi comedy “The Watch,” which dropped from No. 4 to No. 5, 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.
Here are the Top 5 movies on demand for November 26 to December 2, 2012:
1. Men in Black 3 (debut)
2. Lawless (debut)
3. The Expendables 2 (No. 1 in the previous week)
4. Step Up Revolution (debut)
5. The Watch (No. 4 in the previous week)