With two highly anticipated comedies in theaters, this weekend’s Member Top Spot was a close call. On one hand, we had Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, starring the always funny Zac Efron and Adam DeVine, as well as Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick. On the other hand, we had The Secret Life of Pets, a star-studded animation film, featuring the comedic voices of Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Jenny Slate, and Eric Stonestreet. So, who claimed this weekend’s victory?
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates! Surprised? Well, that would seem to be the appropriate reaction. The comedy debuted at #4 domestically, grossing $16.6 million. Perhaps mostly negative reviews contributed to the lukewarm opening; however it’s pretty difficult to resist the comedic charm of this fun cast. After all, the film accounted for 21.98% of this weekend’s member check-ins. In a summer filled with action, comic relief is definitely welcomed.
In close second is The Secret Life of Pets! Claiming 21.78% of member check-ins, this animated feature charmed not only MoviePass members, but critics as well. With a 76% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film debuted at #1 domestically, grossing $103.2 million. Wow! Looks like it took another animated feature to dethrone Finding Dory.
At number 3 this weekend was The Legend of Tarzan—a member favorite from the July 4th holiday weekend. Earning 6.74% of this weekend’s member check-ins, the film had another strong weekend at the domestic box office. In its second weekend, Tarzan held its #2 spot, grossing $20.6 million. It doesn’t look like this film is swinging out of the Box Office Top 10 anytime soon.
And at number 4 amongst members this weekend was The Purge: Election Year—-another favorite from last week. Claiming 5.41% of member check-ins, The Purge has fallen behind Tarzan, compared to last week, when the thriller claimed the member top spot. Domestically, The Purge: Election Year fell two spots at the box office, entering this week’s list at #5, compared to its box office debut at #3. During its second weekend, the film grossed $11.7 million securing its ranking in the Box Office Top 5.
And rounding out the MoviePass Member Top 5 is Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, accounting for 4.88% of member check-ins. Though the film makes our top 5, it held the eighth spot at this weekend’s domestic box office, grossing $7.6 million. Unfortunately, despite positive reviews, the film struggles to make much of an impact. Luckily, it holds a place in the hearts of our members.
So, what are we watching this weekend? Well, the better question is, “Who you gonna call?” Ghostbusters! We hope that you’re as excited as we are about the Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon remake! And if you’re not, no worries! Perhaps, you’d prefer to see Woody Allen’s newest feature, Café Society. In our opinion, each is definitely a solid choice!