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We don’t think we’ve ever had a stronger case of déjà vu. For the third week in a row, the same films make our MoviePass Member Top 5. And it’s not hard to see why. The previous 2 weekends have been incredibly sloooow, with no new major releases. In fact, despite audience favorites like Baby Driver and Dunkirk, summer 2017 has experienced the worst box office gross in 11 years. On the bright side, summer’s slow ending gives some films more exposure and an expansion in earnings. Without further delay, let’s take a look at this week’s list.


Synopsis: The world’s top protection agent is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their journey from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator who is out for blood.

For the third weekend in a row, the Samuel L. Jackson/Ryan Reynolds comedy makes our MoviePass Top 5. Claiming 10.79% of member check-ins, the feature reclaims the #1 spot, after being bested by Logan Lucky last week. Domestically, The Hitman’s Bodyguard has not loosened its hold on the top spot, since its August 18th release. In fact, it made slightly more (+2.6%) this Labor Day weekend than it did last weekend, with a gross of $10.53 million.To date, the film has earned $58.07 million on a $30 million budget. However, this “success” is actually bittersweet. After all, this weekend’s box office has the lowest Labor Day earnings since 1999. Sheesh.  Critically, The Himtan’s Bodyguard has garnered pretty lukewarm reviews with Vulture’s Emily Yoshida writing, ” It was cute. I smiled, and thought, ‘In a week, it will be like none of this ever happened.'” On the other hand, Soren Andersen of The Seattle Times gives the film 3/4 stars writing, “Standard stuff. But it’s got more humor and zest than most movies of its kind. And that makes it pretty darn enjoyable.” Star power definitely propels this film with Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman adding more shine to the already blazing Jackson and Reynolds.


Synopsis: West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jimmy also recruits demolition expert Joe Bang to help them break into the track’s underground system. Complications arise when a mix-up forces the crew to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while also trying to dodge a relentless FBI agent.

Narrowly defeated by The Hitman’s BodyguardLogan Lucky claims the #2 spot with 10.64% of weekend check-ins. Much like this week’s #1, the film experienced an increase in third weekend earnings with a gross of $4.46 million (+5.1%). Again, a pretty uneventful Labor Day weekend is the culprit here, not that we’re complaining. With Logan Lucky, director Steven Soderbergh took a bold approach, going around the studios to get the feature made. And with stellar performances and glowing accolades, the film deserves to benefit from the lack of new releases. In a rave review, Richard Brody of The New Yorker calls the feature “extraordinarily jazzy” with a script that is “taut and intricate.” To date, Logan Lucky has earned $25.85 million on a $29 million budget and maintains its #5 placement at the domestic box office.


Synopsis: Cory Lambert is a wildlife officer who finds the body of an 18-year-old woman on an American Indian reservation in snowy Wyoming. When the autopsy reveals that she was raped, FBI agent Jane Banner arrives to investigate. Teaming up with Lambert as a guide, the duo soon find that their lives are in danger while trying to solve the mystery of the teen’s death.

With 10.59% of member check-ins, Wind River runs neck-and-neck with the other 2 entries on our list. A slow weekend allows the film to keep its grasp on the #3 spot, but the domestic box office tells a different tale. Earning $6.24 million, the indie feature has experienced one of the more dramatic jumps (+35.6%) in revenue, helping it climb from #4 to #3. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: keep your eyes on this gem. As acclaimed screenwriter, Taylor Sheridan’s (Hell or High Water) directorial debut, you could see a lot more of this film during awards season. After all, much like Sheridan’s other works, it is racking up critical acclaim. Giving it an “A” rating, Adam Graham of The Detroit News writes, “Taylor Sheridan…continues his hot streak here and shows his knack for richly written characters, a detailed sense of environment and sharp dialogue.”


Synopsis: In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

After a 2 week hiatus, it’s nice to see Dunkirk on our list, again. During its 7th weekend in theaters, the film claims 5.99% of member check-ins and continues to fare well nationwide. Despite a decrease in theaters (-22), it maintains its #6 placement with a weekend gross of $4.37 million. To date, the period piece has earned $460.25 million on a $100 million budget. From the cinematic genius of Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk has been called an epic by many critics, noted for its beautiful and effective structure. Giving it 3.5/4 stars, Matt Zoller Seitz of calls it “Lean and ambitious, unsentimental and bombastic.”


Synopsis: Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own.

Finally, bringing our MoviePass Top 5 to a close is the Blumhouse horror feature, Annabelle: Creation, which claims 5.54% of member check-ins. Since its release 4 weekends ago, the film hasn’t fallen lower than #2 at the domestic box office. To date, it’s grossed $255.38 million on a $15 million budget, putting it on track to become more profitable than this year’s horror hit, Get Out. As the article states, possible reasons why include its international marketability. Though, its critical praise isn’t as strong as that of its aforementioned Blumhouse predecessor, it’s still solid. Zachary Doiron of Film Inquiry writes, “Annabelle: Creation may be tugging too much on the James Wan formula, but the excellent craftsmanship and engaging character drama make it a solid entry into The Conjuring universe.” We’re already sold on this terrifying franchise. With a strong track record, Blumhouse and James Wan are sure to deliver plenty of more scares.


What’s with all the horror flicks? We’re not complaining, just noticing a trend. We’ve already delved into The Conjuring universe, which has prepared us for IT! We’re as giddy as a kid on Halloween. So, why not continue to binge with foreign export, The Limehouse Golem? And after a few nightmares, we’ll mellow out with the Reese Witherspoon romance drama, Home Again.


Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise, an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.


Synopsis: Victorian London is gripped with fear as a serial killer is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in the blood of his victims. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare, a seasoned detective who has a sneaking suspicion that he’s being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, Kildare must rely on help from a witness to stop the murders and bring the maniac to justice.


Synopsis: A recently separated mother of two starts a new life in Los Angeles, which is complicated by her decision to house three young, charismatic guys.

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