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There’s one word that can completely describe this week’s MoviePass Top 5: horror. Whether it’s a possessed doll, neglectful parents, or a violent historical event, the films on the week’s list show that horror comes in many forms. Let’s get started!

#1: ANNABELLE

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.

This week, you guys were in the mood for a bit of horror and with solid critical reviews, Annabelle: Creation seems to have done the trick. With a 69% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a B- from IndieWire’s Jamie Righetti who writes, “Even when you can spot the gimmicks from a mile away, “Annabelle: Creation” hits the horror notes it’s aiming for.” Among MoviePass members, the feature accounts for 17.23% weekend check-ins, giving it the #1 spot on our list. During its opening weekend in theaters, Annabelle: Creation debuted at #1 domestically, with a gross of $35.04 million on a $15 million budget. Personally, we’re fans of James Wan’s Conjuring universe, so we’re delighted that you guys share our sentiments.

#2: THE GLASS CASTLE

Synopsis: Based on a memoir, four siblings must learn to take care of themselves as their responsibility-averse, free-spirit parents both inspire and inhibit them. When sober, the children’s brilliant and charismatic father captured their imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Meanwhile, their mother abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want to take on the work of raising a family.

At #2 on our list is the highly-anticipated film adaptation of Jeannette Walls acclaimed book, The Glass Castle. Looks like the old saying rings true here: “the book is always better than the movie.” With a 48% score on Rotten TomatoesThe Glass Castle hasn’t garnered the same esteem as its source material. Giving it 2/4 stars, Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times writes, “It’s a well-made film with strong performances…But when ‘The Glass Castle’ reaches for late-movie moments of closure and self-revelations and forgiveness…it rings sour and false.” On the other hand, moviegoers seemed to enjoy the film, with an audience score of 76%. During its opening weekend, the film accounts for 9.83% of member check-ins. Domestically, it debuted at #9, earning $4.88 million.

#3: THE DARK TOWER

Synopsis: Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

At #3 on this week’s MoviePass Top 5 is the star-studded adaptation of Stephen King’s epic series, The Dark Tower. Last week, we touched on the underwhelming reception of the film. With heavily negative critical reviews, (18% score on Rotten Tomatoes), the feature hasn’t held up to to the iconic status of its predecessor, or has it? After all, 60% of audience members seemed to enjoy it. During its second weekend in theaters, The Dark Tower claims 7.51% of member check-ins. Domestically, it has decreased its ranking at the box office, where it currently holds the #4 spot (down from last week’s #1). To date, the film has grossed $53.6 million on a $60 million budget.

#4: DETROIT

Synopsis: In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the nearby Algiers Motel. Several policemen start to flout procedure by forcefully and viciously interrogating guests to get a confession. By the end of the night, three unarmed men are gunned down while several others are brutally beaten.

It’s especially interesting to monitor Detroit’s performance. Despite stellar critical reviews, (84% score on Rotten Tomatoes), the film has not exerted a strong presence at the domestic box office. Earning $3.01 million in its third weekend, the historical pic has fallen 5 spots in ranking, from #8 to #13. As we mentioned last week, one of the reasons for the lackluster performance seems to be the controversy surrounding the feature. In an era when the depiction of racial tensions seems to be more prominent (or perhaps more welcomed) on the big screen, there are questions regarding who should be able to tell specific stories. Helmed by a white director, Detroit is being examined for its authorship and perspective, while critics ask: who is this story for? What once seemed like an Oscar contender is now faltering, but among MoviePass members, it still holds strong, accounting for 5.66% of this weekend’s check-ins.

#5: ATOMIC BLONDE

Synopsis: Sensual and savage, Lorraine Broughton is the most elite spy in MI6, an agent who’s willing to use all of her lethal skills to stay alive during an impossible mission. With the Berlin Wall about to fall, she travels into the heart of the city to retrieve a priceless dossier and take down a ruthless espionage ring. Once there, she teams up with an embedded station chief to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

And rounding out this week’s MoviePass Top 5 is the kickass action flick, Atomic Blonde. Now, at its third week on our list, it accounts for 5.62% of weekend check-ins. As a brief summary, the Charlize Theron feature has had a solid performance among critics, with a 76% score on Rotten Tomatoes. In a positive review of the film, BuzzFeed’s Alison Willmore writes, ” It’s a calorie-free serving of simple pleasures, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.” To date, Atomic Blonde has grossed $61.62 million on a $30 million budget.

IN THEATERS THIS WEEK

This weekend offers a few fun films that we’re pretty excited about! Luckily, we’ve caught a sneak peak of Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky and we may say that it is definitely worth a trip to the movies! When we’re done laughing it up with Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, we’ll get a few more laughs from Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Finally, we’re super excited about the Sundance hit, Patti Cake$. 

LOGAN LUCKY

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.

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD

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.

PATTI CAKE$

Synopsis: Fed up with life in her New Jersey hometown, Patricia Dombrowski, aka Patti Cake$, hopes to follow in the footsteps of her idol and hit the road to achieve stardom as a rapper. With help from her best friend, a mysterious musician and her loving grandmother, Patti leads the charge against an army of haters, unpaid bills and the broken dreams that are holding her back.

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