Weekend Box Office
Tom Cruise held on for dear life as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation took off to a $55.5 million opening weekend, making it the second biggest opening weekend of the series (behind Mission: Impossible II’s $57.85), without adjusting for inflation. This is also Cruise’s biggest hit since the $64.87 million opening of War of the Worlds in 2005, and his third biggest opening weekend overall.
Coming in at a far 2nd is the Vacation reboot, with $14.68 million. Grossing $21 million in its five days of release, the film is underperforming even with its already low expectations, standing 45% behind the five-day start of the comparable family comedy We’re the Millers ($37.91 million). Clearly, the extremely negative reception was able to slow the National Lampoon franchise in its tracks, and it’s unlikely to do any better in the coming weeks.
Ant-Man shrunk down to 3rd place with a modest $12.80 million. The film is performing capably, grossing a domestic total of $132.33 million in its 17 days of release, and should rise up to surpass The Incredible Hulk’s $134.8 million domestic total.
Minions came in 4th with $12.39 million. Its domestic total is now set at $287.58 million. The film is starting to quickly drop off the radar, most likely due to mixed reception, but it’s still a stellar outing for Illumination Entertainment.
Pixels dropped like one of Donkey Kong’s barrels to 5th place, grossing $10.5 million over the weekend. The film managed to attain a domestic total of $45.71 million thus far, but with a production budget of $88 million, I think it’ll be safe to label this one as a flop.
All the other nations went rogue, as M:I 5 grossed a total of $65 million from a total of 40 territories (and in 33 of which it opened in the #1 slot). Overall, the film has grossed an astounding $120.5 million worldwide.
The Minions expanded their reach to Japan and South Korea this past weekend, grossing $39.1 million from the 62 territories it is currently showing in. Its worldwide total is now up to $854.88 million.
I got one out of my five predictions last week right, so here are my next fantastically bad predictions:
1. Fantastic Four
2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
3. The Gift
4. Ricki and the Flash
I’m not expecting anything big out of next weekend, so let’s see if a few smaller films can sneak in there.
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