From train thrillers to historical dramas to star-laced comedies, October offers a little something for everyone. This weekend’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is no exception. Breaking from the biographical trend that has been so prevalent over the past few weeks, the second week of October is a dynamic time to go to the movies and enjoy a little bit of everything.
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.
We’ll admit that we’ve been pretty excited about this movie. After all, it’s the film adaptation of the best selling novel. And let’s be honest: we’ve all been looking for the next Gone Girl. Apparently, MoviePass members were just as excited about the mystery/thriller, as we were, with the film claiming 29.69% of this weekend’s member check-ins. The film dominated the domestic box office, as well, earning $24.66 million and debuting at #1. Despite it’s strong box office performance, the movie did not fair well among critics. With a 43% score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was criticized for its failure to live up to the book, as well as its predecessor in the genre, Gone Girl. However, there are some positive reviews among the negative critiques. For example, The Guardian states, “there’s plenty to keep this cinematic train a-rollin’, from Charlotte Bruus Christensen’s adventurous cinematography to Danny Elfman’s expressive score and Erin Cressida Wilson’s oddly sympathetic script.”
Synopsis: Nat Turner is an enslaved Baptist preacher who lives on a Virginia plantation owned by Samuel Turner. With rumors of insurrection in the air, a cleric convinces Samuel that Nate should sermonize to other slaves, thereby quelling any notions of an uprising. As Nate witnesses the horrific treatment of his fellow man, he realizes that he can no longer just stand by and preach. On Aug. 21, 1831, Turner’s quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County.
Taking this weekend’s #2 spot, on our list, is the historical drama, The Birth of a Nation. With standing ovations and high praise, the film broke records at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired for $17.5 million by Fox Searchlight Pictures. After months of anticipation, it claims 11.66% of this weekend’s member check-ins. Domestically, the film debuted at #6 with a weekend gross of $7.1 million–significantly less than what many filmgoers anticipated. Despite a 79% score on Rotten Tomatoes, The Birth of a Nation was marked by controversy and scandal, greatly impacting its performance. If you’re interested in seeing the movie, The A.V. Club provides a pretty detailed review of it.
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 (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues 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 #3 spot goes to last week’s favorite, Deepwater Horizon, which claims 8.68% of member check-ins. The Mark Wahlberg headlined drama has found a home in this fall’s film slate. After all, last week, we noted that biographical dramas seem to be the season’s trend (and The Birth of a Nation is no exception to the rule). At the domestic box office, Deepwater Horizon holds the #3 spot, earning $11.75 million. With a score of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has generated positive reviews with The New Yorker stating, “You come out shaken with excitement.”
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 the #4 spot is another favorite from last week, the Tim Burton helmed, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Earning 5.18% of this weekend’s check-ins, the film has fallen two spots in ranking, on our list. Domestically, the film holds strong at #2 with a weekend box office of $15 million. Critically, the film has received mixed reviews with a score of 64% on Rotten Tomatoes. In a relatively positive review of the film, Rolling Stone Magazine states, “Just go with the spell Burton casts with the help of screenwriter Jane Goldman (Stardust).”
Synopsis: David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) 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.
Rounding out this weekend’s MoviePass Member Top 5 is Masterminds, the star-studded comedy featuring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. We told you that it was star studded! Among members, the film accounts for 5.06% of check-ins. At the domestic box office, it’s had a rather weak performance. During its opening weekend, the film debuted at #6. During its second weekend in theaters, the film holds the #9 spot with a gross of $4.1 million. To date, the film has earned approximately $12.79 million domestically, during its first 10 days in theaters.
IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND
As we advance further into October, an abundance of film fare makes it way to theaters!
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.
Synopsis: Teenager Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) discovers that his body can generate the most powerful energy in the universe. Steel (Josh Brener) is a funny, slightly rebellious, techno-organic extraterrestrial who wants to utilize Max’s skills. When the two meet, they combine together to become Max Steel, a superhero with unmatched strength on Earth. They soon learn to rely on each other when Max Steel must square off against an unstoppable enemy from another galaxy.
KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW?
Synopsis: Comic Kevin Hart performs his stand-up routine in front of 50,000 people at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Synopsis: When their truck suddenly breaks down, a migrant named Moises leads 13 others on a trek through the harsh terrain along the U.S.-Mexico border. Inconvenience soon turns into horror as the sounds of gunfire shatter the tranquil desert landscape. Desperate and on the run, the survivors find themselves in a fight for their lives against a psychotic sniper and his vicious hunting dog. Moises must now use his wits and instincts to kill the relentless predator before he claims more victims.