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08.02.2015

Mission: Impossible takes off!

Tom Cruise was back in action this weekend, putting MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION on top at the box office with an estimated opening of $56 million!

The fifth entry in Cruise's espionage franchise marked the third-highest opening for the superstar behind the (unadjusted) openings of $64.8 million for WAR OF THE WORLDS and $57.8 million for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II, which has the second-biggest worldwide total in the series after GHOST PROTOCOL's lofty $694 million haul.

Cruise's new collaboration with director Christopher McQuarrie certainly got off to a better start than their last effort JACK REACHER, which opened with $15.2 million and limped to an $80 million domestic total.

Critics accepted Cruise's high-intensity mission with 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, and audiences gave it an 'A-' CinemaScore. The PG-13 spy thriller cost a reported $150 million.

Opening in second was the new R-rated comedy VACATION with $14.8 million (and $21.2 million total since its Wednesday opening). The $30 million sequel/reboot of the National Lampoon classic has Ed Helms as the latest actor to play Rusty Griswold, taking his family on another disastrous attempt to reach the Wally World theme park.

The fluid-filled Griswold journey didn't have critics laughing (23% on Rotten Tomatoes), while audiences rode along with a 'B' CinemaScore.

Marvel's ANT-MAN shrunk to third place with $12.6 million after two weekends perched on top. Paul Rudd's mini-hero is at $132.1 million domestic and is approaching $300 million worldwide (and it still hasn't opened in China, Japan and South Korea).

The babbling MINIONS were in fourth with $12.2 million and have so far grabbed $854 million worldwide. Those henchmen stayed ahead of Adam Sandler's videogame-invasion PIXELS, which was blasted from second to fifth place with $10.6 million, a 56% drop from the comedy's opening last weekend.

On the lower half, Amy Schumer's TRAINWRECK was in sixth with $9.7 million, followed by last weekend's new dramas SOUTHPAW and PAPER TOWNS, down 55% and 63% respectively from their openings.

Pixar's INSIDE OUT has crossed $600 million worldwide, and JURASSIC WORLD is getting ready to close after crushing the competition for two straight months.

Outside the chart, Ian McKellan's MR. HOLMES took a rest and TERMINATOR: GENISYS hit the scrapyard. In limited release, Woody Allen's IRRATIONAL MAN expanded to 135 screens and is up to $1.1 million, and the David Foster Wallace biopic THE END OF THE TOUR had a solid $31k per-screen average for its debut.

Next weekend brings Aardman's stop-motion animated SHAUN THE SHEEP (on Wednesday), Meryl Streep's rock-star comedy RICKI AND THE FLASH, Joel Edgerton's thriller THE GIFT, and the reboot of FANTASTIC FOUR. Limited releases include Charlize Theron in DARK PLACES, from GONE GIRL writer Gillian Flynn, and the Kevin Bacon thriller COP CAR, from the next SPIDER-MAN reboot's director Jon Watts.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation $56 M
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2. Vacation $14.8 M $21.1 M
3. Ant-Man $12.6 M $132.1 M
4. Minions $12.1 M $287.3 M
5. Pixels $10.4 M $45.6 M
6. Trainwreck $9.6 M $79.7 M
7. Southpaw $7.5 M $31.5 M
8. Paper Towns $4.6 M $23.8 M
9. Inside Out $4.5 M $329.5 M
10. Jurassic World $3.7 M $631.4 M

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1:56PM on 08/03/2015
Watched both MI5 and Vacation and had a great time. Number don't really mean much cause I'm not getting a share, so just sit back and watch what you like.
Watched both MI5 and Vacation and had a great time. Number don't really mean much cause I'm not getting a share, so just sit back and watch what you like.
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6:18AM on 08/03/2015
Ant Man has outperformed The Incredible Hulk.

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Ant Man has outperformed The Incredible Hulk.

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10:37PM on 08/02/2015
Bring on M:I 6
Bring on M:I 6
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9:58PM on 08/02/2015
Good for Mission;Impossible & Tom Cruise. Will be seeing later this week. I want Fantastic Four to bomb big time, it's the first time EVER I have not been interested in a comic book film.
Good for Mission;Impossible & Tom Cruise. Will be seeing later this week. I want Fantastic Four to bomb big time, it's the first time EVER I have not been interested in a comic book film.
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12:29AM on 08/03/2015
Why would you WANT it to bomb though? Wouldn't you rather be pleasantly surprised by a good movie? I'll never understand the seething hatred for this movie, it's way out of control. Not being impressed by the trailer is one thing, HOPING for a complete flop seems senseless to me, comes off as malicious and/or vindictive. So they made a movie based on the Ultimate universe instead of the traditional one. Would it kill you to wait until you saw the movie before carving your hatred of it onto
Why would you WANT it to bomb though? Wouldn't you rather be pleasantly surprised by a good movie? I'll never understand the seething hatred for this movie, it's way out of control. Not being impressed by the trailer is one thing, HOPING for a complete flop seems senseless to me, comes off as malicious and/or vindictive. So they made a movie based on the Ultimate universe instead of the traditional one. Would it kill you to wait until you saw the movie before carving your hatred of it onto stone?
6:53AM on 08/03/2015
In all honesty I have passed on many films this summer like because of my lack of interest or the reviews:

Mad Max - sorry not into Mad Max
Inside Out - I'm not into kids movies, no kids
Ted 2 - I'll wait to rent
Terminator:Genisys - hated the title & couldn't buy Emilia Clarke as Sarah Conner, reviews & poor B.O. proved it.

The only ones I have seen this summer:

Avengers; Age Of Ultron - very underwhelming & poorly edited.
Jurassic World - had a blast with this, my favorite of the
In all honesty I have passed on many films this summer like because of my lack of interest or the reviews:

Mad Max - sorry not into Mad Max
Inside Out - I'm not into kids movies, no kids
Ted 2 - I'll wait to rent
Terminator:Genisys - hated the title & couldn't buy Emilia Clarke as Sarah Conner, reviews & poor B.O. proved it.

The only ones I have seen this summer:

Avengers; Age Of Ultron - very underwhelming & poorly edited.
Jurassic World - had a blast with this, my favorite of the year
Ant-Man - surprisingly good & much better than Age of Ultron

Sorry but every summer I get pickier on the movies I will see & well Fantastic Four just looks dull, bland & not fun at all. Funny thing is I am not one who jumps on bandwagons (Mad Max for example). It seems to me every summer is just getting weaker & weaker & hopefully next year will change it.
1:54PM on 08/03/2015
Would rather make a more educational opinion by watching it than just passing for no reason. I've enjoyed a lot of the movies that's come out so far.
Would rather make a more educational opinion by watching it than just passing for no reason. I've enjoyed a lot of the movies that's come out so far.
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7:06PM on 08/02/2015

Jurassic World domestic total, just....wow...

Glad for Tom Cruise, the guy brings it to every movie he makes. I would've been interested in seeing his version of Tony Stark, but RDJ was born for that role, definitely worked out for the best! Still can't believe how good Jurassic World did, knew it would do well, but didn't forsee this at all, think Universal was pleasantly surprised too lol. And so we're finally here, FF opens this Friday, August already(quick, and underwhelming summer imo), I'm genuinely rooting for them! I think if they
Glad for Tom Cruise, the guy brings it to every movie he makes. I would've been interested in seeing his version of Tony Stark, but RDJ was born for that role, definitely worked out for the best! Still can't believe how good Jurassic World did, knew it would do well, but didn't forsee this at all, think Universal was pleasantly surprised too lol. And so we're finally here, FF opens this Friday, August already(quick, and underwhelming summer imo), I'm genuinely rooting for them! I think if they take the #1 spot and do at least as well as MI5 just did they'll chalk it up as a success. I'm hoping this movie surprises everyone and opens around 80-90m! Hey, stranger things have happened, right?! I'm sticking to my guns, the previews won me over, I think it looks great(action and cgi anyway), I'll be there opening weekend! "IT'S CLOBBERIN TIME!!!"
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6:09PM on 08/02/2015

Been disappointed with the spring/summer movies this year

Sure Jurassic World was good and Mad Max was phenomenal. But it wasn't a week after week of awesomeness.
Next year though Batman V Superman (i know late march) Cap 3, Independence day 2, Xmen Apocalypse, WarCraft, Suicide Squad, Kung Fu Panda 3, London Has Fallen etc.
Sure Jurassic World was good and Mad Max was phenomenal. But it wasn't a week after week of awesomeness.
Next year though Batman V Superman (i know late march) Cap 3, Independence day 2, Xmen Apocalypse, WarCraft, Suicide Squad, Kung Fu Panda 3, London Has Fallen etc.
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11:53PM on 08/02/2015
Agree, this summer feels pretty weak. Still have Bond and Star Wars coming though, with the latter likely to break a record or two lol. I couldn't be more pumped for BvS and Suicide Squad though!! With Cap 3, Warcraft and Xmen RIGHT behind them! I hear Ryan Reynalds has some superhero movie coming out too, I just might maybe have to check that out as well ;)
Agree, this summer feels pretty weak. Still have Bond and Star Wars coming though, with the latter likely to break a record or two lol. I couldn't be more pumped for BvS and Suicide Squad though!! With Cap 3, Warcraft and Xmen RIGHT behind them! I hear Ryan Reynalds has some superhero movie coming out too, I just might maybe have to check that out as well ;)
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4:50PM on 08/02/2015
I enjoyed Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Very awesome and fun movie. Glad it's #1.
I enjoyed Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Very awesome and fun movie. Glad it's #1.
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3:57PM on 08/02/2015

Summer is over!

Now the crap movies are on their way through August. Mad Max still rules as best movie of the year so far, and definitely was the best of the summer.
Now the crap movies are on their way through August. Mad Max still rules as best movie of the year so far, and definitely was the best of the summer.
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11:55PM on 08/02/2015
Agreed. Was so nice to have a movie with a DOPE ass trailer, a TON of hype, and then to have said movie actually live up to it! Very rare these days, no?
Agreed. Was so nice to have a movie with a DOPE ass trailer, a TON of hype, and then to have said movie actually live up to it! Very rare these days, no?
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