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We went apesh*t at the theater! Are these puns doing anything for you? Despite last weekend’s release of a major comic book film, this weekend, members flocked to their local cinema to witness the third chapter in the Planet of the Apes reboot. Joining the critically-acclaimed feature, are a few other highly-praised films. Let’s get to it.

#1: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Synopsis: Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.

So, what does it take to dethrone a Marvel comic book movie? Apparently, a badass reboot! Despite critics’ and audiences’ high praise for Spider-Man Homecoming, the superhero flick was surpassed by the third installment in the latest Planet of the Apes series, both on our list and at the box office. This weekend, War for the Planet of the Apes claimed 34.94% of member check-ins. Domestically, the film earned $56.5 million during its debut weekend, bringing its worldwide total to $102.5 million on a $150 million budget.

Critically, the feature has garnered glowing reviews with a 95% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Giving it an A-, James Verniere of the Boston Herald calls it “the best summer movie of the 2017 blockbuster season.” Fortunately for fans of the series, War for the Planet of the Apes strengthens the trilogy’s legacy, with the previous two films, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, also scoring well among critics–81% and 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively.

#2: THE BIG SICK

Synopsis: Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father.

On our list for the third week in a row, indie rom-com The Big Sick claims 12.07% of this weekend’s check-ins. Written by real life couple, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the feature continues to climb, not only the MoviePass Member Top 5, but the box office charts, as well. During its fourth weekend in theaters, The Big Sick earned $7.6 million, due in large part, to its expansion to an additional 2,271 theaters. Then, there are the rave reviews, as the film currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97%. Giving it 4/4 stars, Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times writes, “It is funny and smart and wise and silly.” It’s also incredibly topical. For those interested, check out this interview with the writers.

 

#3: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

Synopsis: Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

At #3 on this week’s list is our favorite teenage superhero, Spider-Man. Claiming 11.85% of this weekend’s check-ins, Spider-Man: Homecoming has experienced a pretty significant decline. Last week, the film debuted at #1 with 43.73% of member check-ins, so it’s second week performance is a bit surprising. Even its domestic box office numbers reflect this sentiment. Bested by The War for the Planet of the Apes, the comic book feature, earned $45.2 million, giving it the #2 spot. Forbes notes that this is Marvel’s worst second-weekend drop, which surprises us, considering its solid critical performance. Spider-Man: Homecoming currently holds a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes with Tufayel Ahmed of Newsweek calling it “the best Spider-Man movie to date.”

#4: WISH UPON

Synopsis: Jonathan Shannon (Ryan Phillippe) gives his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) an old music box that promises to grant its owner seven wishes. Skeptical at first, Clare becomes seduced by its dark powers when her life starts to radically improve with each wish. Everything seems perfect until she realizes that every wish she makes causes the people who are closest to her to die in violent and elaborate ways.

Making its list debut, Wish Upon manages to claim this week’s #4 spot, accounting for 8.44% of weekend check-ins. We get it: horror isn’t for everyone, but teenage horror flicks are sorta the bees-knees. Films like Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th have cemented themselves in American cinema. So, there’s clearly something to the adolescent angst and horror combo. Yet, Wish Upon doesn’t seem to capitalize on this troupe. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 19%, the film is called, “A bland B-movie that begs the question: How did this get made when so many good films never escape development purgatory?” by Thelma Adams of the New York ObserverHowever, all is not lost: Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times gives it a solid review writing, “‘Wish Upon’ would rather make you jump than gag.” In its opening weekend, the film earned $5.6 million, debuting at #7 domestically.

#5: BABY DRIVER

Synopsis: Talented getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman (Lily James) of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. Coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Rounding out this week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is the slick, sleek, genre hybrid, Baby Driver. During its third week on our list, the film claims 5.20% of weekend check-ins. Domestically, it still holds strong at #4 with a weekend gross of $8.75 million. To date, the feature has earned $96.3 million globally, on a production budget of $34 million. Though Baby Driver may not make next week’s list (especially with the release of Dunkirk and Valerian), we’re confident that it will continue to hold strong at the box office. With a 95% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it most likely won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND

We know it’s only Monday, but we can’t wait until the weekend. With films like Dunkirk and Valerian in theaters, Thursday night cannot come fast enough. And since we can use a few laughs, we’ll also be sure to catch Girl’s Trip.

DUNKIRK 

Synopsis: In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

Synopsis: In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe.

GIRLS TRIP

Synopsis: Best friends Ryan, Sasha, Lisa and Dina are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild side by doing enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

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