The top inflight movies of 2018 may surprise you

Buckle your seat belt, fasten your tray table and … start watching “Rampage”?

That’s right, the second most-watched movie on Alaska Beyond™ Entertainment this year features an albino gorilla who turns into a raging, enormous creature.

In fact, the top 10 movies chosen among hundreds of choices were mostly hard-hitting, action-packed releases:

Most watched inflight movies of 2018

  1. Oceans 8
  2. Rampage
  3. The Post
  4. Ready Player One
  5. Murder on the Orient Express
  6. Battle of the Sexes
  7. Wonder Woman
  8. Love, Simon
  9. Justice League
  10. Blade Runner 2049

If you were expecting comforting, feel-good classics to be most popular at 35,000 feet, you’re not alone. But the results aren’t surprising among cinema buffs: the most popular movie genres in North America, by box office revenue, are consistently Adventure and Action.

There may also be a scientific explanation for why we crave those nail-biting thrillers – even while flying.

According to a popular theory, we watch intense movies to intentionally trigger our fight-or-flight response in an environment where we control the variables. If we’re able to experience anxiety in a controlled way, the theory goes, the more we’re able to deal with real-world stressors.

We know flying can be stress-inducing for many. For some of our guests, a little “Oceans 8,” “Rampage” or “Blade Runner 2049” may actually help take the edge off. For others, our best-in-industry inflight entertainment features over 500 TV and movie titles to choose from.

Pro tip: Download the Gogo® Entertainment App before you fly to start watching free movies more quickly onboard.

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