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This Memorial Day weekend, we got plenty of sun! Ok. Ok. So, we weren’t lying on a beach, soaking in the rays. Let’s be honest, May isn’t really the best month to do it anyway. Instead, we went to the movies! And with films like Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, we definitely rode quite a few waves.


Synopsis: Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) and a brash new recruit (Zac Efron) uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the bay.

Claiming the #1 spot on this week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is Baywatch, which accounts for 26.61% of member check-ins. We’re excited to see the film top our list. With a 19% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the critics have been pretty harsh, but you guys have not been deterred!!! Besides, the movie has an audience score of 70%. Clearly, it’s doing something right. Giving it a rather lukewarm review, Vulture’s David Edelstein writes, “The idea of lifeguards playing detective is so fundamentally ridiculous that making fun of it never gets old.” Add names like Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, and Priyanka Chopra to the mix, and you’re sure to have a few chuckles, heavy-action, and—let’s be honest—a bunch of onscreen eye candy.

In its opening weekend, the film debuted at #3, earning $18.57 million. To date, the film has grossed $28.48 million on a $69 million production budget.


Synopsis: Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy.

At an incredibly close #2 on our list is the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Though it claims 24.42% of member check-ins, bested by Baywatch’s 26.61%, the fantasy-adventure currently dominates the domestic box office. In its opening weekend, the film earned approximately $77 million domestically, with an overseas take of $208.4 million, bringing its worldwide total to $285.4 million on a $230 million budget.

Critically, Dead Men Tell No Tales holds a 31% score on Rotten Tomatoes. A positive review of the film comes from Jackie K. Cooper of The Huffington Post who writes, “There is no better adventure with which to kick off the summer season than this fifth episode in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ saga.” We’d argue that $285.4 million in ticket sales can’t be wrong. After all, the film does have a 75% audience score.


Synopsis: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.

At #3 on our list is Alien: Covenant, the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Prometheus. Claiming 9.96% of member check-ins, the film holds strong during its second weekend in theaters, despite its new star-studded competition. Domestically, the film earned $10.55 million this Memorial Day weekend, bringing its stateside total to $59.97 million. Overseas, the film has grossed $101 million, giving it a worldwide total of $160.98 million on a $97 million budget.

Luckily for viewers, Alien: Covenant lives up to its predecessor, with a 71% score on Rotten Tomatoes. In a positive review, Christopher Orr of The Atlantic writes, “Alien: Covenant is actually pretty darn good. Not Alien good or Aliens good—that would have been far too much to hope for—but better than any of the intervening installments.” If you haven’t seen it yet, we’d recommend checking out Prometheus first, then making your way to the theater for Alien: Covenant! You won’t be disappointed!


Synopsis: Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.

During its fourth weekend in theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 still holds strong. Among MoviePass members, it claims 4.24% of this weekend’s check-ins—not bad considering the fact that we’re officially in the midst of summer blockbuster season! The second entry in the series has actually bested its predecessorearning $788.57 million worldwide on a $200 million production budget. At the domestic box office, the film continues to cling to the #2 spot with a weekend gross of $20.64 million. However, you can expect Wonder Woman to shake things up this coming weekend. 

Since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has consistently held a place on our list since its early May release, we won’t get too bogged-down by critical reviews. To recap, the film holds an 81% score on Rotten Tomatoes with a 90% audience score.


Synopsis: After the murder of his father, young Arthur’s power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright, he grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city, not knowing who he truly is. When fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from stone, Arthur embraces his true destiny to become a legendary fighter and leader.

Rounding out this week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is Guy Ritchie’s (SnatchThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.) action-adventure, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Earning 3.66% of this weekend’s check-ins, the film is a popular pick among members, despite its negative critical reviews. With a 28% score on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences seemed to like the fantasy feature, giving it a score of 77%. Among the positive reviews is one from Vicky Roach of Australia’s Daily TelegraphRoach writes, “Ritchie directs proceedings with his customary hyperactive swagger and the CGI is impressive.” Roach even argues that other critics “have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword all wrong.” As much as we appreciate critical reviews, by now, we hope that you know where we stand: it’s always worth seeing a film yourself and developing your own opinion of it.


It’s (almost) here….WONDER WOMAN!!! We’ve waited sooooo looong for it! A few more days won’t hurt. Then , when we’re done geeking out, we’ll continue to rev up the excitement with Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie! Finally, we’ll end things on a quieter note with the highly acclaimed I, Daniel Blake.


Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.


Synopsis: George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two overly imaginative pranksters who spend hours in a treehouse creating comic books. When their mean principal threatens to separate them into different classes, the mischievous boys accidentally hypnotize him into thinking that he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

I, Daniel BlakeI, DANIEL BLAKE

Synopsis: Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a 59-year-old widowed carpenter who must rely on welfare after a recent heart attack leaves him unable to work. Despite his doctor’s diagnosis, British authorities deny Blake’s benefits and tell him to return to his job. As Daniel navigates his way through an agonizing appeal process, he begins to develop a strong bond with a destitute, single mother (Hayley Squires) who’s struggling to take care of her two children.

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