During the past few weeks, we’ve discussed one of fall’s prominent film trends–movies based on true events. Last month, Clint Eastwood’s Sully dominated the MoviePass Member Top 5, while Oliver Stone’s Snowden, also experienced popularity among members. This trend is reflected in this week’s Monday Box Office Breakdown, where three of the five featured films are based on true stories. So, what movies riveted filmgoers this weekend?
Synopsis: On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams and his colleagues now find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming. Banding together, the co-workers must use their wits to make it out alive amid all the chaos.
This weekend’s MoviePass Member Top Spot goes to the Mark Wahlberg thriller, Deepwater Horizon. Claiming 21.17% of check-ins, the film’s popularity among members is no surprise, considering this season’s biographical drama trend. Domestically, the film actually debuted at #2, earning $20.6 million. Critically, the film has received generally positive reviews with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 82%. The film’s director, Peter Berg, is definitely a contributing factor to its success. After all, Berg has a number of high profile films under his belt including, Lone Survivor (also starring Wahlberg) and Friday Night Lights—the film that inspired the television series. Remarking on the effectiveness of Deepwater Horizon, Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers states, “The film depicts the worst oil spill in American history…Berg creates the cataclysm of that day with unbearable tension and healing compassion.“
Synopsis: When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers – and their terrifying enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends. Based on the novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children,” written by Ransom Riggs.
At #2 this weekend, is Tim Burton’s latest feature, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Accounting for 18.76% of member check-ins, the Eva Green-Samuel L.Jackson fantasy/adventure, came in a close second. And it’s not difficult to see why. With two years since Tim Burton’s last film, Big Eyes, fans of the director’s delightfully strange style, were all too excited for his new movie. This excitement was reflected at the box office, where Miss Peregrine debuted at #1, earning $28.5 million during its opening weekend. Critically, the film has solid reviews, with The Guardian stating, “This is a sort of classic time-travel mystery: shades of Tom’s Midnight Garden and When Marnie Was There, with a touch of X-Men.” We’re pretty sure that Burton is the only director who can make this eclectic mix work.
Synopsis: David Ghantt is stuck in the monotony of driving an armored truck day in and day out, so when his work crush lures him into the heist of a lifetime, David’s all in. Despite a pack of harebrained bandits and an absurdly flawed plan, David manages to steal $17 million, and promptly hands it over to the gang — who just as promptly double-cross him. Forced to go on the lam, David must dodge the authorities and a hit man, and try to turn the tables on his untrustworthy comrades.
Debuting at #3 among MoviePass members is the comedy, Masterminds. With a powerhouse comedic cast which includes, Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, and Owen Wilson, the film earned 11.35% of this weekend’s member check-ins. Unfortunately, the film’s domestic box office performance was underwhelming. During its opening weekend, Masterminds entered the box office top 10 at #6, earning $6.6 million. With such a stellar cast, how can these numbers be explained? Well, critically, the film suffered quite a blow, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 38%. Despite mostly negative reviews, Time Out offers a more favorable opinion of the film stating, “you can’t help but laugh at scenes that could be mini-cartoons in themselves.”
Synopsis: Looking to mine for gold, greedy industrialist Bartholomew Bogue seizes control of the Old West town of Rose Creek. With their lives in jeopardy, Emma Cullen and other desperate residents turn to bounty hunter Sam Chisolm for help. Chisolm recruits an eclectic group of gunslingers to take on Bogue and his ruthless henchmen. With a deadly showdown on the horizon, the seven mercenaries soon find themselves fighting for more than just money once the bullets start to fly.
Claiming the #4 spot in this weekend’s MoviePass Member Top Five is last week’s favorite, The Magnificent Seven, with 8.88% of check-ins. Despite last week’s strong box office performance, the film couldn’t hold the #1 spot, with Miss Peregrine and Deepwater Horizon outranking this western remake. During this, its second week in theaters, The Magnificent Seven holds the #3 spot at the domestic box office, earning $15.7 million. To date, the film’s worldwide gross is $101.7 million on a $90 million production budget. Critically, the film holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 63%.
Synopsis: Coaches, mentors and friends inspire young M.S. Dhoni (Sushant Singh Rajput) to become a master cricketer and captain of Team India.
Rounding out this weekend’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is a pleasant surprise. Earning 5.36% of member check-ins, the sports biopic, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, makes its debut on our list. Domestically, the film claims the #13 spot at the box office, earning $1.2 million in its opening weekend–not bad, considering it only opened on 256 screens nationwide. It currently holds an audience score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, which should definitely pique your interest! The Times of India gives the film 3.5/5 stars stating, “If you are a diehard fan of M.S. Dhoni and cricket (in that order), you are bound to love this film, which reveres its protagonist.”
So, what are we seeing this weekend? Now that we’ve entered October, any and all thrillers/horror films are definitely enticing. So, we’re seeing the highly anticipated thriller, The Girl on the Train, as well as the Sundance acclaimed horror flick, Under the Shadow.
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Synopsis: Commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) catches daily glimpses of a seemingly perfect couple, Scott and Megan, from the window of her train. One day, Watson witnesses something shocking unfold in the backyard of the strangers’ home. Rachel tells the authorities what she thinks she saw after learning that Megan is now missing and feared dead. Unable to trust her own memory, the troubled woman begins her own investigation, while police suspect that Rachel may have crossed a dangerous line.
UNDER THE SHADOW
Synopsis: As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.