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Who doesn’t love a good superhero film? Whether it’s the badass Wonder Woman or the hilarious Captain Underpants, superheroes have a way of captivating our attention. Perhaps, it’s because we’re looking for a hero? Or maybe, it’s because we just enjoy seeing the good guys serve up justice.

#1: WONDER WOMAN

Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

This week’s #1 film is no surprise, just look at the domestic box office. In its opening weekend, Wonder Woman earned $100.5 million stateside, making it the biggest debut weekend for a female-directed feature. Overseas, the film earned $122.5 million, bringing its global gross to a whopping $223 million on a $149 million budget. The movie performed just as well among MoviePass members, accounting for 49.69% of weekend check-ins.

So, why has the film been so massively successful? As the first major female superhero, we’ve all been waiting anxiously for Wonder Woman’s release, especially after 2016’s Batman v Superman. Luckily, the wait’s paid off, with the feature generating overwhelmingly positive reviews. An impressive 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes validates the film’s success, which is mirrored among filmgoers with a 93% audience score. Christopher Orr of The Atlantic writes, “Directing from a script by Allan Heinberg, Patty Jenkins favors character over conflict, an approach that yields precisely the happy results one might have anticipated.” In an era where women are too often used as plot devices, it’s a relief to hear that our Wonder Woman is fleshed out character with agency. Despite the mostly positive reviews, we should mention that there are a couple of critics that did not favor the feature. Jackie K. Cooper of The Huffington Post writes, “‘Wonder Woman’ is not one of those movies that swallow you up in the glory of her determination to save mankind. Since it is all played out against a background of mythology her aim to defeat the god Aries is just a weak motive.” Let’s be honest, we’re in the midst of a cultural phenomenon. So, in any case, Wonder Woman is definitely worth your time!

#2: CAPTIAN UNDERPANTS 

Synopsis: George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two overly imaginative pranksters who spend hours in a treehouse creating comic books. When their mean principal threatens to separate them into different classes, the mischievous boys accidentally hypnotize him into thinking that he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

At #2 on this week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is the film adaptation of our favorite underwear-clad superhero, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. With 7.64% of weekend check-ins, this childhood hero held its own against Wonder Woman, especially in the context of the rest of the films that make our list. Domestically, the animated feature debuted with a box office take of $23.5 million, claiming the #2 spot.

Critically, Captain Underpants, much like Wonder Woman has faired pretty well. With an 85% score on Rotten Tomatoes, we’re gonna argue that the comedic talents of Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, and Jordan Peele definitely factor into that rating. Giving he film a B+, Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly writes, “It’s a kids’ movie that won’t make grownups want to manually remove their own toenails!” On the other hand, Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle gives the film 1/4 stars, writing, “In the end, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that this feature is devoid of even the simplest positive morals or takeaways. And it’s not quite funny or wry enough to forgive its weaknesses.” Superhero flicks + nostalgia? How can you turn that down?

#3: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

Synopsis: Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy.

 

Returning to our list, is last week’s #2 film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. With 6.78% of check-ins, the feature comes in at a close third to Captain Underpants. In its second weekend in theaters, the film fell from #1 to #3 earning $21.6 million domestically. To date, the film has earned $114.6 million stateside and $392.9 million overseas, bringing its total gross to $507.5 million!

It’s interesting to see the film fair so well, despite its critical performance. With a 29% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the fifth installment in the franchise has been called, “a dreary, dispiriting voyage” by Christopher Orr of The Atlantic.  On the other hand, Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor writes, “I sort of enjoyed parts of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” I say this as someone who tolerated the first installment and groaned through the subsequent three episodes.” Okay, so maybe this review isn’t incredibly favorable either, but if you’re still on the fence, the film does have a 70% audience score. So, it’s gotta be amusing to say the least.

#4: BAYWATCH

Synopsis: Matt Brody is a former Olympic swimmer who wants to join an elite team of lifeguards led by the hulking Mitch Buchannon. Brody thinks he’s a shoo-in, but his casual attitude starts to instantly rub Mitch the wrong way. When drugs and a shady resort owner pose a threat to the bay, Mitch and Matt must put their differences aside to spring into action and save the day.

At #4 on this week’s list is the Dwayne Johnson-Zac Efron comedy, Baywatch. Earning 6.65% of member check-ins, the film, which surpassed Pirates on last week’s list, actually takes a backseat to the fantasy/adventure. Domestically, the movie earned $8.7 million in its second weekend in theaters, bringing its domestic total to approximately $42 million. Globally, the movie has earned $68.9 million on a $69 million. So, its steadily making back its expenses. If you’ve been reading the news, critically, the film hasn’t faired well with a 20% score on Rotten Tomatoes. However, in a positive review of the film, Stephen Romei of The Australian writes, “while this Baywatch is perhaps a bit blokier than the TV show of teen memory, it’s well worth a dip.” Why not, right?

#5: ALIEN: COVENANT

Synopsis: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.

Rounding out this week’s MoviePass Top 5 is the member favorite, Alien: Covenant. Claiming 4.12% of weekend check-ins, the film has maintained a position of on our list since its May 19th release. To date, the second installment in Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel series has earned $174.1 million worldwide. Critically, it holds a 71% score on Rotten Tomatoes. For those who haven’t seen the film, we feel like the Alien legacy should be enough to convince you to run to the theater. However, if you still need a bit more persuasion, Alison Willmore of BuzzFeed writes, “It’s an Alien movie for our times, one in which mankind isn’t just under the thumb of an oppressive corporation but sowing the seeds of its own destruction on a more sweeping scale.” Consider indulging in this film, as keeping up with current events.

IN THEATERS THIS WEEK

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.

IT COMES AT NIGHT

Synopsis: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous order a man (Joel Edgerton) has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within the man as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.

MEGAN LEAVEY

Synopsis: When young Marine Cpl. Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) is assigned to clean up the K-9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, she identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Megan and Rex complete more than 100 missions, but an IED explosion injures them and puts their fate in jeopardy.

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