Weekend Box Office Report: July 31-August 2, 2015
Mission: Impossible takes off!
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.
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|
|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|
|Source:||Box Office Mojo|