There’s a negative stigma associated with remakes. Just ask Total Recall (2012) and Clash of the Titans (2010). As film lovers, the word, “reboot” often leaves a nasty taste in our mouths. A taste so unpalatable, that we dare not use the word too frequently. “Reboot.” Ugh. Yet, MoviePass cinephiles were in for a delightful treat with the remake of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters. Accounting for 32.65% of this weekend’s member check-ins, Ghostbusters not only exterminated ghosts, but the competition as well.
It’s not difficult to understand the popularity of this 2016 remake, just look at the cast. With some of the strongest female comedy heavyweights—Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones—the film was highly anticipated. And with director Paul Feig at the helm, Ghostbusters is a refreshingly original reboot. Unfortunately, the critics’ reviews were mixed which may have contributed to its second place debut. Grossing $46.0 million during its opening weekend, the film delivered a strong performance which could be attributed to the iconic legacy of its predecessor.
Claiming this weekend’s #2 spot amongst MoviePass members is The Infiltrator, starring the great, Bryan Cranston. Despite its Wednesday opening, the film had a solid performance with MoviePass members, accounting for 10.68% of member check-ins. Despite its impressive cast—Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger—the film received mixed reviews and held the #8 spot at the domestic box office this weekend, with a gross of $5.3 million. Haven’t seen the trailer? Click here to check it out.
And this weekend’s #3 spot belongs to the family fun favorite, The Secret Life of Pets. Accounting for 10.35% of member check-ins, the animated feature maintained its first place ranking at the domestic box office, trumping Ghostbusters with a weekend gross of $50.6 million. With the release of Star Trek Beyond this coming weekend, it’s likely that “Pets” will be dethroned at the domestic box office.
Taking the #4 spot this weekend, is another favorite from last week—Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Claiming 7.56% of member check-ins, the millennial comedy continues to hold its own, despite negative reviews. It entered this weekend’s domestic box office at #5, grossing $7.7 million. Its impressive that the comedy has only managed to drop one spot between this weekend and opening weekend.
And once again, making its way into the Member Top 5 for the third weekend in a row is The Legend of Tarzan, claiming 3.29% of this weekend’s member check-ins. Though not a favorite amongst critics, audiences seem to enjoy the film, immensely. It held the #3 spot at this weekend’s domestic box office, earning $11.4 million! To date, the film has grossed $103.4 million, earning a strong summer presence.
What are we seeing this weekend? Well, we’re super excited to take an intergalactic voyage with Star Trek Beyond! If sci-fi isn’t your cup of tea, maybe horror is. If so, check out Lights Out. Or, for some family friendly fun, you could always see Ice Age: Collision Course.