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Anyone following this weekend’s movie news knows that Boo! A Madea Halloween frightened all box office challengers. And while comedy and horror definitely make this week’s list, as almost always, action reigns supreme.

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#1:JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK

Synopsis: Investigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) springs into action after the arrest of Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), an Army major accused of treason. Suspecting foul play, Jack embarks on a mission to prove that the head of his old unit is innocent. After crossing paths with the law, Reacher must now go on the lam to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy that involves the death of U.S. soldiers.

This weekend, members opted for action, with the Tom Cruise adrenaline-infused, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Accounting for 19.20% of member check-ins, the film defeated competition that included, Boo! A Madea Halloween and Keeping Up with the Joneses. At the domestic box office, the film debuted at #2, earning $23 million at a total of 3,780 theaters. Critically, the film didn’t live up to the expectations placed by its predecessor, Jack Reacher; however, despite its 39% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a fairly positive review from The Observer UK  who gave it 3/5 stars. 

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#2: OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL

Synopsis: In 1967 Los Angeles, widowed mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) unwittingly invites authentic evil into her home by adding a new stunt to bolster her séance scam business. When the merciless spirit overtakes her youngest daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson), the small family must confront unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

Claiming this weekend’s #2 spot is the Mike Flanagan horror feature, Ouija: Origin of Evil. Last week, we featured 2 articles on our blog, in praise of Flanagan’s work in the genre. If you’ve never seen any of his films, we’d recommend starting here. Among members, Flanagan’s latest film—the sequel to 2014’s Ouija—earned 12.10% of this weekend’s check-ins. Domestically, the film debuted at #3, earning $14.06 million at a total of 3,168 theaters. What’s remarkable about the film, is the critical acclaim that it received, especially when compared to its predecessor. With Flanagan at the helm, Ouija: Origin of Evil holds a score of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, while the first installment of the series currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 7%. In a noteworthy review of the sequel, The New York Times writes, “The director, Mike Flanagan, who with Jeff Howard also wrote the script, demonstrates rare patience for horror fare as he builds toward the macabre.” 

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#3: KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES

Synopsis: The Gaffneys’ lives are interrupted by the arrival of new neighbors, whose stunning looks are matched only by the worldly sophistication of their lives. Tim Jones is an accomplished travel writer whose hobbies include blowing glass, and his wife, Natalie, is a social media consultant, cooking blogger and heroine to Sri Lankan orphans. The Gaffneys soon find themselves in the center of a storm of international espionage that gives them a breathtaking glimpse of life outside their cul-de-sac.

Joining this week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is the Zach Galifianakis comedy, Keeping Up with the Joneses. With a cast that includes talent such as Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, and our very own Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the film claimed 11.49% of this weekend’s member check-ins. At the domestic box office, the film opened at #7, earning $5.6 million on a total of 3,022 screens. Reviews for the comedy have been less than stellar with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 18%. Audiences also seemed divided, as reflected by the 51% audience score. If you’re in the mood for a comedy/excited to see Don Draper grace the silver screen, we’d recommend giving Keeping Up with the Joneses a chance. After all, The Boston Globegives this flick, 2 1/2 stars.

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#4: THE ACCOUNTANT

Synopsis: Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. With a Treasury agent (J.K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.

Claiming this week’s #4 spot is last week’s favorite, The Accountant. During its second weekend in theaters, the Ben Affleck crime-flick earned 9.61% of member check-ins. Domestically, the release of a number of highly anticipated films, knocked The Accountant down to the #4 spot, with a total weekend gross of $14.03 million in 3,332 theaters. Among critics, the film has received mixed reviews, with a 50% score on Rotten Tomatoes; however, audiences enjoyed the action thriller, with a score of 86% among filmgoers. To date, The Accountant has a worldwide gross of $47.92 million on a $44 million budget. Not sure of whether or not you’ll see it? We’d recommend reading BuzzFeed’s in-depth review, which states, “It’s not the savant syndrome that’s The Accountant’s bright idea, it’s having a hero with autism in the first place, taking decades of stale clichés, tilting them on their side.”

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#5: BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN

Synopsis: Madea (Tyler Perry) winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.

 Rounding out this weekend’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is the horror/comedy (comedy/horror?), Boo! A Madea Halloween. Earning 6.82% of check-ins, the Tyler Perry feature provided a heavy dose of comedy for those of us who are a little too frightened by the haunts and terrors of the upcoming holiday. Domestically, the film dominated the box office, debuting at #1 with a weekend gross of $27.6 million on 2,260 screens. Let’s examine those numbers: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opened in approximately 1,500 more theaters than Boo! A Madea Halloween, yet it made $4.6 million less. Wow! America seems to be in the Halloween spirit, they just need a little humor to compliment the scares. And who better to deliver than Tyler Perry? Despite the film’s 30% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it has already grossed more than its $20 million production budget. This serves to emphasize the devotion of Perry’s fans. As The Los Angeles Times writes, “‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ won’t win over many critics…but audiences will continue to flock to any film with the beloved character in its title.”

WHAT ARE WE SEEING THIS WEEK?

We’re excited to see symbologist, Robert Langdon, back in action. So, Inferno, the third installment in the Dan Brown trilogy, is at the top of our list! Next up, we’re watching Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, American Pastoral. And because we’re all for rockin’ out with the Stooges, we’ll catch Jim Jarmusch’s highly acclaimed, Gimme Danger.

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Synopsis: Famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman (Ben Foster) from unleashing a virus that could wipe out half of the world’s population.
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Synopsis: Seymour Swede Levov (Ewan McGregor) is a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), a former beauty queen. When his beloved teenage daughter (Dakota Fanning) disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.

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Synopsis: Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch examines the history of the Stooges, the influential rock ‘n’ roll group from Ann Arbor, Mich., that changed the landscape of music in the 1960s.

 

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