Is there anything more indicative of summer than July 4th? BBQ, fireworks, and beaches are the perfect way to spend the holiday weekend! Unless, of course, the third installment of The Purge makes its way to theaters. Then, we rearrange our list of priorities. After all, a film about America’s New Founding Fathers does sound patriotic. Taking this weekend’s member top spot, is The Purge: Election Year, accounting for 16.07% of member check-ins.
To the series credit, its audience reception improves with each installment. Despite its box office success, The Purge (2013) received an audience score of 36% on Rotten Tomatoes while its sequel, The Purge: Anarchy (2014) received a score of 56%. Rounding out the trilogy, The Purge: Election Year earned an audience score of 64% . Though, critically, the third film fairs about as well as its predecessor (The Purge: Anarchy), the latest film earned $31.4 million at the domestic box office compared to the second installment which earned $29.8 million during its opening weekend; however, this discrepancy can be explained by the release dates of both films. Opening July 4th weekend, Election Year was prone to earn more than Anarchy which was released on July 18th, 2014. Case in point, Election Year debuted at #3, while Anarchy debuted at #2, domestically. Regardless of its box office position, we’re sure that The Purge: Election Year delivered non-stop thrills and chills.
Claiming the number 2 spot amongst members this holiday weekend is The Legend of Tarzan. With a star-studded cast that includes Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz, it’s no wonder why the film claimed 14.62% of this weekend’s member check-ins. Add David Yates, the director of four acclaimed Harry Potter films, to the mix and you’ve got what is sure to be an adventure. Despite negative critical reception, the film faired well amongst audiences with an audience score of 74%. At the domestic box office, it earned $38.5 million, where it also debuted at #2.
At number 3 amongst MoviePass members is the Sundance gem, Swiss Army Man. Featuring a farting corpse that washes ashore, Swiss Army Man is a welcomed addition to the Member Top 5, accounting for 11.41% of member check-ins. During this, its second weekend in theaters, the film made the steep climb from #27 to #11 at the domestic box office. A wider release in an additional 633 theaters, helped the film earn $1.4 million this holiday weekend! Described as “an off-the-wall absurdist existential comedy,” Swiss Army Man’s unique premise was enough to inspire MoviePass members to take a chance on a film that too many moviegoers could easily dismiss as bizarre.
Swiss Army Man and Tarzan were not the only films to inspire a sense of adventure this weekend. Entering the member charts at number 4 is Steven Spielberg’s wildly creative The BFG with 10.43% of member check-ins. With a weekend gross of $18.6 million, the film also claimed the #4 spot at the domestic box office. Despite positive critical reviews, The BFG was no match for audience favorite, Finding Dory, which holds its #1 spot for the third weekend in a row. With so many great films this weekend, competition was fierce and any spot in the Top 5 should be considered an achievement.
Rounding out this weekend’s Member Top 5 is Independence Day: Resurgence, accounting for 7.06% of member check-ins. It’s no surprise that the film is still popular among members. After all, it is Independence Day weekend and the film boasts awe-inspiring visual aesthetics. The film also holds the #5 spot at the domestic box office, with a weekend gross of $16.6 million.
This holiday weekend is just the beginning of our July film binge. This week’s slate offers some comic relief with the release of Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. We’re also looking forward to more childhood wonder with The Secret Life of Pets. And the third film on our list is the Cannes drama, Captain Fantastic. We’ve got a busy weekend ahead!