Happy Monday and welcome to the post-Oscar Box Office Breakdown! Surprisingly enough, our list this week includes absolutely none of last night’s Oscar nominees. And with that, let’s get crackin’!
#1: GET OUT
Synopsis: Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with her parents, Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
Get Out should actually be referred to as “Beat Out,” due to the fact that it dominated this weekend’s member check-ins, by a whopping 29%; the horror film received 35.57% percent of all member check-ins this weekend. Amazingly enough, it also received an impressive score of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics are calling it everything from hilarious and terrifying to thought-provoking. It is not often that films are labeled all three!
Though the reviews are positive, they’re scattered in their categorization of the feature, ranging from “an absolute horror film” to “a comedic spoof on race relations.” Matthew Lickona of the San Diego Reader writes, “Cultural appropriation shifts from ‘problematic’ to ‘horrific’ in writer-director Jordan Peele’s sharp take on the scary world of stuff white people like.” Amy Nicholson of MTV writes, “In most slasher flicks, a guy like Chris would die first. Peele’s joke is that the cliché has it backwards. Young black men know their lives are in peril from the first frame.” This is a must-see, a film that so rarely covers so many genres, and challenges so many stereotypes.
Synopsis: To pay for his girlfriend’s (Felicity Jones) medical emergency while abroad, a desperate man (Nicholas Hoult) hatches a scheme to pull off a drug heist for an eccentric gangster (Anthony Hopkins). After a failed attempt, he must now race across Europe and against time to save the life of the woman he loves.
On the other side of the Rotten Tomatoes spectrum, we have Collide coming in at only 18%, and claiming 6.22% of member check-ins. This is a huge drop from the previously mentioned Get Out. With so many elements that film-goers love—romance, action, thrill–it is a wonder as to why this film did not do better with the critics.
On the more negative side of reviews, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of AV Club writes, “Unexceptional, a hodgepodge of corny voice-over and repetitive, anticlimactic plotting, with Hoult and Jones miscast as a couple of party-hardy American expats.” Not all reviews were as terrible though, with Eric D. Snider of EricDSnider.com stating, “Breezily paced, no frills, mildly ludicrous but perfectly watchable, and buoyed by hammy villains.” What did you think of this film? Did you enjoy it or were you disappointed?
#3: THE GREAT WALL
Synopsis: In this action-fantasy epic set in 11th century China, two mercenaries from the West (Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal) are captured by a military organization that is headquartered in a fortress on the Great Wall. In time, the duo get caught up in a battle between the Chinese warriors and a supernatural menace that the Great Wall was built to repel. Jing Tian, Andy Lau, Zhang Hanyu, Willem Dafoe, and Eddie Peng co-star. Directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), this collaboration with Hollywood is the most expensive Chinese film to date.
MoviePass members are still enjoying The Great Wall, coming in at number three on this weekend’s box office breakdown. The film came in as our #1 pick last week with 15.42% of check-ins. Unfortunately, in its second weekend, its popularity has decreased, with the film claiming 5.30% of member check-ins. The Great Wall’s relative failure was great fun for Jimmy Kimmel at the last night’s Oscars. We don’t know about you, but we personally love the hilarious fake feud between Matt Damon and Jimmy Fallon. Not everyone disliked the feature however, with Bilge Ebiri of The Village Voice stating, “As pure spectacle, The Great Wall is absolutely dazzling.” If you haven’t already, check out this “dazzling” piece this week and let us know whose team you are on!
#4: FIST FIGHT
Synopsis: A mild-mannered high-school teacher (Charlie Day) is accused of getting a fellow teacher (Ice Cube) fired, and is challenged to a fight after the school day ends in this comedy directed by Richie Keen.
Another repeat from last week’s box office breakdown, Fist Fight has dropped from our number two spot with 14.39% check-ins to our #4 slot with 5.01% of member check-ins. This week, we’ve seen several different articles about the comedy including a Variety piece (among others) calling the film racist. As a movie that was supposedly filling the “goofy comedy” hole, this does not seem so goofy. This is an interesting twist for an otherwise standard film. We are curious to see whether or not this controversy will bring more publicity to the feature, causing its box office numbers to rise.
#5: A CURE FOR WELLNESS
Synopsis: A Wall Street stockbroker (Dane DeHaan) travels to a remote location in the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company’s CEO (Harry Groener) from an idyllic but mysterious wellness center. He soon suspects that the miraculous treatments are not what they seem. His sanity is tested when he unravels the spa’s terrifying secrets and finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all of the guests there longing for a cure.
The last spot on this week’s box office breakdown was also featured on last week’s list: A Cure for Wellness rounds out our MoviePass Member Top 5 – dropping from 14.38% of member check-ins to 4.15%. The movie has tons of mixed reviews, ranging from that of Amy West of the International Business Times who states that it’s, “Sometimes overwrought yet unrelentingly absorbing” to Jim Lane of The Sacramento News & Review who writes, “It’s almost hypnotically beautiful and you can’t look away, right up to the off-the-wall ending. Verbinski delivers the goods on that score.” Ironically, the issue that the critics found most pertinent is the feature’s ending. Did you take issue with it? If so, share your opinion, but please, no spoilers.
IN THEATERS THIS WEEK (Be sure to visit our Trailer Gallery)
We all know what we’re excited to see: Logan! From all of the amazing reviews that we’ve read, we’re sure that it’ll be a bittersweet ending to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Then, after we’re done crying (from both, excitement and sentimentality), we’ll be sure to check out the rest of the weekend’s slate.
Synopsis: In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.
Synopsis: Ex-maid of honor Eloise – having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text – decides to hold her head high and attend her oldest friend’s wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the random table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers, most of whom should have known to just send regrets. As everyone’s secrets are revealed, Eloise learns a thing or two from the denizens of Table 19.
Synopsis: The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.