It’s finally September! As Summer slips away, we say goodbye to the warm weather and heavy dose of action films. With Fall just around the corner, we welcome a promising crop of films, making the festival rounds and generating awards buzz. Amongst MoviePass members, this weekend was representative of the seasonal transition. This week’s MoviePass Member Top 5 includes a couple of new releases, as well as a few summer favorites.
#1: MORGAN: Claiming this weekend’s MoviePass Member Top Spot is the sci-fi mystery, Morgan, about a bioengineered child, whose superhuman capacities could pose a dangerous threat to the scientists who’ve helped create her. With a notable cast featuring, Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, and Toby Jones, the film accounts for 14% of this weekend’s member check-ins. Despite its solid performance amongst MoviePass members, Morgan, had a weak debut at the domestic box office, opening at #17 with a weekend gross of $1.98 million. Relatively negative reviews are most likely the culprit. With a critics score of 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film did not fair well with audiences, either, with whom it received a score of 38%.
#2: THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS: Claiming the #2 spot amongst MoviePass members is the Derek Cianfrance drama, The Light Between Oceans. Starring Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender, the highly anticipated period piece is one of a select few films featured at this year’s Venice International Film Festival and rightfully, so. With two stellar actors and the acclaimed director of The Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine, the film seemed liked a sure critical success. Amongst MoviePass members, the film accounts for 10.79% of check-ins. Domestically, it debuted at #8, earning $4.62 million in its opening weekend. Though its ranking seems a bit low, it deserves some context. Unlike the seven films that precede it, The Light Between Oceans opened on less than 2,000 screens—1,500 to be exact—while films such as Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad played on over 3,000 screens nationwide.
Critically, The Light Between Oceans, garnered mixed reviews. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 60%, the film hasn’t received as much praise as many may have expected; however, remarking on its aesthetic, ComingSoon.net, states that Cianfrance has “has developed his most beautiful film, resplendent in blue and yellow light.” Compelling visuals and amazing talent? We’re sold.
#3: DON’T THINK TWICE: This weekend’s #3 spot goes to last week’s favorite, Don’t Think Twice. Earning 7.89% of member check-ins, the film maintains solid placement among MoviePass members. At the domestic box office, the film has dropped in ranking from #22 to #24; however, its weekend gross has increased since last week. With an expansion to 15 additional theaters, the film made $455,752. Critically, the film is definitely a summer indie favorite, maintaining a score of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes.
#4: HELL OR HIGH WATER: Speaking of indie favorites, the Jeff Bridges-Chris Pine-Ben Foster drama, Hell or High Water, maintains a top 5 ranking on our list! Earning 7.28% of this weekend’s member check-ins, the film has continued to garner immensely positive reviews. International Business Times gave the film a 4.5/5 rating, stating, “part of Hell Or High Water’s brilliance is how easily it can shift in tone without creating a sense of awkwardness.” With an expansion of 394 theaters, the film has risen in rank from #12 to #9, at the weekend box office, earning $4.45 million.
#5: WAR DOGS: Closing out the MoviePass Member Top 5 is the action comedy, War Dogs. Since its August 19th debut, the film has maintained a solid grip on our top 5 list. Domestically, it holds its #7 ranking, earning $4.75 million this weekend. With a promising fall film slate, the film’s placement could be compromised; however, without many comedies in theaters, War Dogs may hang around.
This second weekend in September offers a variety of films. With the success of thrillers such as Don’t Breathe, we’re interested to keep the suspense going with When the Bough Breaks. And of course, we’ll be sure to see the Clint Eastwood-Tom Hanks collaboration, Sully. Then, we’ll treat ourselves to the Tom Hardy, mystery-musical, London Road.