September has proven itself to be an interesting month for cinema. With a mix of biographical drama, romantic comedy, family fun, and action adventure, this month has gotten us warmed up for what promises to be an exciting, fall film slate. While the critically acclaimed, Sully, made a strong entry this season, a few other films, particularly this weekend’s #1, have kept the momentum going. So, here it is: the MoviePass Member Top 5.
#1: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
Synopsis: Looking to mine for gold, greedy industrialist Bartholomew Bogue seizes control of the Old West town of Rose Creek. With their lives in jeopardy, Emma Cullen and other desperate residents turn to bounty hunter Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) for help. Chisolm recruits an eclectic group of gunslingers to take on Bogue and his ruthless henchmen. With a deadly showdown on the horizon, the seven mercenaries soon find themselves fighting for more than just money once the bullets start to fly.
Dominating this weekend’s list is the highly anticipated remake of the 1960 classic, The Magnificent Seven. With a star-studded cast that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D’Onofrio, the film earned 33.51% of this weekend’s member check-ins. Domestically, the film earned $35 million, topping this weekend’s box office. Critically, the film scored mixed reviews with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 62%. Among the positive critiques is Screen Rant which states, “The Magnificent Seven is packed with emotional punch and crowd-pleasing moments throughout – producing a solid mix of character, comedy, and action for moviegoers of all ages and film tastes.” Sounds like this film will remain on our list for some time to come.
Synopsis: Storks deliver babies — or at least they used to. Now, they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, lands in hot water when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble, Junior and his friend Tulip (Katie Crown), the only human on Stork Mountain, race against time to make their first baby drop before the boss (Kelsey Grammer) finds out.
Claiming this weekend’s #2 spot is the animated feature, Storks. Accounting for 10.04% of member check-ins, the family film, featuring the voices of Andy Samberg and Jennifer Aniston, experienced approximately 1/3 of The Magnificent Seven’s popularity. At the domestic box office, the film debuted at #2, earning $21.81 million. Critically, the film’s reception was similar to that of this weekend’s #1 film, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 64%. In a positive review of the film, Rolling Stone states, “Storks is happy to give you 90 minutes of family-friendly entertainment that doesn’t make you feel diabetic.”
Synopsis: Disillusioned with the intelligence community, top contractor Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) leaves his job at the National Security Agency. He now knows that a virtual mountain of data is being assembled to track all forms of digital communication — not just from foreign governments and terrorist groups, but from ordinary Americans. When Snowden decides to leak this classified information, he becomes a traitor to some, a hero to others and a fugitive from the law.
At #3 is Snowden, a member favorite from last week. Earning 8.39% of this weekend’s member check-ins, the biographical drama experienced a 62.1% decline in popularity amongst members. Though this number may seem high, it’s important to keep in mind that many of the members interested in the film, saw it during opening weekend. It’s also important to note that The Magnificent Seven was a highly anticipated film, making it formidable competition. Domestically, Snowden fell one slot, claiming the #5 spot at the box office and earning $4.14 million, a -48.2% change from it’s $8 million opening weekend. To date, the film has grossed $15.14 million, significantly less than its $40 million production budget. Overall, the film holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 61%, with one of the more positive reviews coming from Newsweek which states that the film, “makes such an enigmatic figure seem complex and human.”
Synopsis: On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.
During its third weekend in theaters, Clint Eastwood’s Sully, continues to hold strong both, in the MoviePass Member Top 5 and at the domestic box office. This weekend, it claims the #4 spot among members with 6.24% of check-ins. Domestically, the film earned $13.83 million with a #3 ranking. Sully may, arguably, be the first strong film of the fall season. On a $60 million budget, the film has grossed a worldwide total of $126.89 million. Part of the film’s success is its ability to depict its protagonist, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, as an American hero. Variety states, “‘Sully’ has become the story of a countercultural hero,” remarking on Eastwood’s depiction of Captain Sullenberger’s bravery in the face of danger and the resulting challenges and investigation.
#5: BRIDGET JONES’S BABY
Synopsis: Breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) leaves Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) over 40 and single again. Feeling that she has everything under control, Jones decides to focus on her career as a top news producer. Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she meets a dashing and handsome American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Things couldn’t be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mom-to-be must figure out if the proud papa is Mark or Jack.
Rounding out the MoviePass Member Top 5 is the romantic comedy, Bridget Jones’s Baby. This week, the final installment of the beloved series accounts for 5.53% of member check-ins. Domestically, the film claims the #4 spot at the box office (down from last week’s #3 ranking) with a weekend gross of $4.52 million. To date, the film has made approximately $83.56 million with the United States contributing $16.46 million to that gross. In the UK, the film came in at #1, for the second weekend in a row. Overall, the film has garnered positive critical reception with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 77%.
So, what are we seeing this weekend?
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.
MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
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.
Synopsis: Star, a free-spirited teenager on the brink of adulthood, leaves her troubled home in the American Midwest and hits the road with a magazine crew — itinerant laborers who peddle publications door-to-door for long hours during the day and party hard at night, never certain where the job will lead next. Led by hard-driving manager Krystal and her seductive enforcer Jake, the crew becomes a surrogate family to Star, offering hope, love and the freedom that comes from being on the road.