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This week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 has us feeling empowered! Despite polarizing reviews, that err more on the negative side, members opted for films that didn’t exactly kill at the box office. We’re proud to see that you guys were not deterred. We’re also proud to see the abundance of female led films that make our list. Whether it’s a horror(ish) flick, comedy, or a shark thriller, female led films dominate this week’s MoviePass Member Top 5.

#1: ROUGH NIGHT

Synopsis: Five best friends (Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoë Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon) from college reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amid the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.

Starting off this week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is the star-studded, raunchy female comedy, Rough Night. Claiming 22.12% of check-ins, the film beat newcomers, 47 Meters DownCars 3, and All Eyez on Me, which doesn’t exactly reflect its box office success. Domestically, the feature debuted at #7, earning $8.04 million. Overseas, the film earned $4.2 million, bringing its total gross to $12.2 million on a $20 million budget.

Are polarizing reviews the culprit here? With a 49% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is pretty divisive among critics. Giving it 3/4 stars, James Berardinelli of Reelviews writes, “There’s enough variety here that everyone’s funny bone should be tickled from time-to-time.” On the other hand, Thelma Adams of the New York Observer writes, “Formulaic feminism is a clear and present danger as Hollywood decides how to handle their “women problem.” In the meantime, we’ve got a one step forward, two steps back situation with Director Lucia Aniello’s The Hangover retread, Rough Night.” Ouch. Fans of Broad City may be more likely to side with Berardinelli. After all, Aniello is a writer for the acclaimed television series and Broad City star, Ilana Glazer is sure to provide some laughs. And let’s not forget SNL’s Kate McKinnon!

#2: 47 METERS DOWN

Synopsis: Young sisters Kate and Lisa and travel to Mexico for a vacation filled with sun, fun and adventure. Lisa needs some extra persuasion when Kate suggests that they go diving in shark-infested waters. Safe in their protective cage, the thrill-seeking siblings come face to face with a group of majestic great whites. Their worst fears soon become a reality when the cage breaks away from their boat, sending them plummeting to the ocean floor with a dwindling supply of oxygen.

At #2 on our list is the undersea thriller (à la Jaws), 47 Meters Down. Starring former teen heartthrob, Mandy Moore and character actor, Matthew Modine, the film was actually slated for a DVD and VOD release last summer. However, a change of distribution company, gave the film a theatrical release, which looks like a smart play. In its debut weekend, the feature earned $11.5 million, giving it a #5 ranking at the box office.

Critically, the movie has faired as well as you’d think this sorta genre film would. With a 53% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the thriller finds more favor among critics than the star-studded, Rough Night. Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly writes, “despite the barebones premise, [director] Roberts manages to cough up just enough tense, nail-biting moments while the clock is ticking.” In a more negative review, Peter Sobczynski of RogerEbert.com writes, “Considering the number of primal fears that the premise of the film taps into, you would think that “47 Meters Down” would have no trouble making viewers squirm in their seats. But the film never quite manages to make them pay off.” In any case, we’d argue that a shark movie is always welcomed during this especially warm season. So, why not take a dip with 47 Meters Down?

#3: CARS 3

Synopsis: Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning. With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns, No. 95 prepares to compete on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage.

Taking this week’s #3 spot is the Disney-Pixar animated film, Cars 3. Accounting for 10.94% of member check-ins, the family feature performed better at the domestic box office where it knocked Wonder Woman out of the top spot. Debuting at #1, Cars 3 earned $53.55 million in its opening weekend. Overseas, it grossed an additional $21.3 million, bringing its gross to $74.85 million. It’s worth mentioning that the latest entry in the series actually outperformed its predecessor, Cars 2, which earned $66.14 million in its opening weekend. And with that film earning a total of $562.11 million worldwide, we can expect a pretty strong performance from Cars 3.

Among critics, the film has garnered relatively positive reviews with a 66% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Giving it 2.5/4 stars, Matt Brunson of Creative Loafing writes, “the movie is always agreeable if rarely exciting, and it does kick into high gear for the final stretch, which offers a pleasing plot pirouette.” On the other hand, Michael Arbeiter of Nerdist gives the film 2.5/5 burritos stating, “Cars 3 prompts a lot of fascinating questions that it refuses to answer.” Regardless of the critical reviews, the film has gotten some attention for its strong female characters, according to The Daily NewsIn the age of the record-breaking Wonder Woman, strong female characters are more than welcomed.

#4: THE MUMMY

Synopsis: Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her powers constantly evolving, Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a furious rampage through the streets of London.

At #4 on our list is the Tom Cruise-headlined reboot of The Mummy, which kicks off Universal’s Dark Universe franchise. This weekend, the film claims 7.48% of member check-ins. Domestically, the feature fell in ranking from #4 to #2, earning $13.92 million in its second weekend in theaters. To date, the film has grossed $56.53 million stateside and $239.1 million overseas, for a combined total of $295.63 million on a $125 million budget. As we mentioned last week, the film has been the subject of overwhelmingly negative reviews, with a 16% score on Rotten Tomatoes. However, if you’re looking forward to the rest of the Dark Universe (after all, who can resist Dr. Jekyll and the Bride of Frankenstein on screen?), then you should probably give the first film in this franchise a chance.

 #5: ALL EYEZ ON ME

Synopsis: The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), from his early days in New York to his status as one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mindset establish him as a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his death.

Rounding out this week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is the Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me. Surprisingly, the film only claims 7.44% of check-ins, narrowly defeated by The Mummy. At the domestic box office, the feature debuted at #3, earning $27.05 million. With such a massive cultural icon at its center, how does a film like All Eyez On Me, fall short of Straight Outta Compton status?

Maybe critical reviews are to blame? With a 23% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has suffered pretty harsh criticism. Emily Yoshida of Vulture writes, “At the very least, Tupac deserved a storyteller as good as himself. It’s a shame he didn’t get one.” On the other hand, Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times gives the film an impressive 3.5/4 stars writing, “‘All Eyez On Me’ is enthralling, exhilarating and at times maddening.” Not sure which review holds true? If it helps, the film has an audience score of 69%. Maybe that’ll persuade you?

 

IN THEATERS THIS WEEK

Gotta love cars that turn into giant robots, right? So, we’ll be sure to check out Transformers: The Last Knight on Wednesday! This weekend, we’re excited to see Cannes winner, The Beguiled. And we’ll follow it up with two other highly anticipated indie features: Ana Lily Amirpour’s (A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightThe Bad Batch and the rom-com gem, The Big Sick. 

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Synopsis: Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.

THE BEGUILED

Synopsis: An injured Union soldier arrives at an all-female Southern boarding school during the Civil War. Soon, sexual tensions lead to dangerous rivalries as the women tend to his wounds and offer him shelter and companionship.

THE BAD BATCH

Synopsis: Arlen is abandoned in a Texas wasteland that is fenced off from civilization. While trying to navigate the unforgiving landscape, Arlen is captured by a savage band of cannibals led by the mysterious Miami Man. With her life on the line, she makes her way to The Dream. As she adjusts to life in the bad batch, Arlen discovers that being good or bad mostly depends on who’s standing next to you.

THE BIG SICK

Synopsis: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts an illness, Kumail navigates the crisis with her parents and has an emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

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