Once again, this weekend, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, claimed the top spot at the domestic box office. Earning approximately $16.68 million, the horror/comedy continues its winning streak for the second weekend in a row. However, despite the film’s nationwide popularity, it did not make this weekend’s MoviePass Member Top 5. So, let’s see what did.
Synopsis: Famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman (Ben Foster) from unleashing a virus that could wipe out half of the world’s population.
Taking this weekend’s #1 spot is the Dan Brown thriller, Inferno. Accounting for 20.49% of member check-ins, the film’s closest competition earned approximately 12% less of this weekend’s reservations. The latest installment in the series features a star-studded cast that includes not only Tom Hanks–an American treasure–but an array of international actors—Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, and Irrfan Khan. Despite overwhelmingly negative reviews, the film debuted at #2, domestically, earning $15 million. Let’s be honest: Dan Brown novels/film adaptations are a guilty pleasure, except we’re proud to own our fandom. And we’re with Deadline Hollywood when they say, “what is wrong with some good old fashioned fun and a gorgeous swing through beautiful European locations?”
Synopsis: Investigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) springs into action after the arrest of Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), an Army major accused of treason. Suspecting foul play, Jack embarks on a mission to prove that the head of his old unit is innocent. After crossing paths with the law, Reacher must now go on the lam to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy that involves the death of U.S. soldiers.
At #2 on our list is last week’s favorite, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Claiming 8.74% of this weekend’s check-ins, the second installment to the Jack Reacher saga continues to be a popular pick among MoviePass members. At the domestic box office, the film holds the #3 ranking, earning $9.55 million during its second weekend in theaters. Critically, the film hasn’t faired well, with a 47% score on Metacritic, but of the 41 reviews included, 25 were mixed and 9 were positive. So, the film definitely deserves a chance. And if you’re still not convinced, Empire gives the film, 4/5 stars.
Synopsis: In 1967 Los Angeles, widowed mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) unwittingly invites authentic evil into her home by adding a new stunt to bolster her séance scam business. When the merciless spirit overtakes her youngest daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson), the small family must confront unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Claiming the #3 spot is Mike Flanagan’s critically acclaimed, Ouija: Origin of Evil. With 6.66% of member check-ins, the film delivered devilish frights this Halloween weekend. At the domestic box office, it dropped two rankings, as it currently holds 5th place, with a weekend gross of $7.07 million. Last week, we mentioned the drastic difference between this sequel and its 2014 predecessor. While the first installment has a 7% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the latest film has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 82%. The film has had a solid financial performance, with a worldwide gross of $43.74 million on a $9 million budget. If you’re looking for a chill(ing) way to spend Halloween, we’d recommend Ouija: Origin of Evil. If you need a bit of courage before making your way to the theater, perhaps this IndieWire review can help.
Synopsis: The Gaffneys’ lives are interrupted by the arrival of new neighbors, whose stunning looks are matched only by the worldly sophistication of their lives. Tim Jones is an accomplished travel writer whose hobbies include blowing glass, and his wife, Natalie, is a social media consultant, cooking blogger and heroine to Sri Lankan orphans. The Gaffneys soon find themselves in the center of a storm of international espionage that gives them a breathtaking glimpse of life outside their cul-de-sac.
Entering this weekend’s list at #4 is the Zach Galifianakis comedy, Keeping Up with the Joneses. Accounting for 6.49% of this weekend’s member check-ins, the comedy maintains placement in our MoviePass Member Top 5 for the second weekend in a row. At the domestic box office, the film currently holds the #8 spot, with a weekend gross of approximately, $3.38 million. Overall, the film has not faired well, financially nor critically. With a worldwide gross of $15.84 million, the comedy currently has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 21%. Yet, despite the harsh reviews, Keeping Up with the Joneses has found an audience, including Australia’s Herald Sun which gives the film three stars.
Synopsis: Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. With a Treasury agent (J.K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.
Rounding out this weekend’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is the Ben Affleck action/crime thriller, The Accountant. Since its opening, three weekends ago, the film has maintained a position on our list. At the domestic box office, the film has held its top 10 placement and is currently ranked at #4, with a weekend gross of $8.48 million. To date, the film has grossed $81.86 million, worldwide, on a $44 million production budget. Critically, the film has received mixed reviews, though filmgoers seem to enjoy it, with an 85% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. MoviePass Member, Ilona P writes, “I really loved this film!…It keeps you guessing, it’s funny, and the acting is excellent. Don’t miss out!” Looks like there’s a reason this film remains on our list.
IN THEATERS THIS WEEK
DOCTOR STRANGE!!!!! Wait, we didn’t even give ourselves time to pose the question. Ok, here it is: So, what are we seeing this week? DOCTOR STRANGE!!!! And when we’re done with what promises to be 1 hour and 55 minutes of glorious adventure, we’ll be sure to see Mel Gibson’s critically acclaimed, Hacksaw Ridge starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, and Sam Worthington. And for some family fun and a little childhood nostalgia, we’re definitely going to see the latest DreamWorks animation, Trolls. Click the title for trailers!
Synopsis: Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
Synopsis: The true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who won the Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms during WWII on religious grounds. Doss was drafted and ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance but went on to earn respect and adoration for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life — without firing a shot — to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa.
Synopsis: Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the optimistic leader of the trolls, and Branch (Justin Timberlake), her polar opposite, embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known.