‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Ignites Some Late Summer Success
Mission: Impossible – Fallout reached new heights for the franchise. The sixth installment debuted the best unadjusted opening for the Tom Cruise franchise with an estimated $61.5 million.
The debut for Mission: Impossible – Fallout was bittersweet to say the least. Fallout pulled in the biggest opening (minus inflation) for the Mission: Impossible franchise, finally topping Mission: Impossible 2’s 18-year reign. Though for Tom Cruise, Fallout fell $3 million shy of the actor’s all-time opening record. War of the Worlds continues to hang on that accolade after 13 years. Cruise has only topped $200 million a few times in his career with Mission: Impossible 2 ($215.4 million), War of the Worlds ($234.3 million) and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol ($209.4 million). Universal praise from critics and audience may push Fallout over the mark as well. Between a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and A CinemaScore, Fallout has the makings of a $200 million run. This might be Hollywood’s last chance at $200 million until November.
After falling short of the top spot last weekend, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again held onto second place for a second straight weekend. The ensemble musical dropped another 57.1%, pulling in $15 million. Already we’re seeing signs of a much more frontloaded run ahead. The 2008 original only dipped 36.1%, grossing $17.7 million in its second weekend. Mamma Mia! still looks to edge past the century mark, but it’ll be much tougher than it was before.
Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer 2 might have claimed the top spot last weekend, but it’s eroding much faster than its 2014 predecessor. Down two spots, The Equalizer 2 settled for third place in its sophomore frame. Its heavy 61.1% drop brought in another $14 million. In comparison, the first film declined 45.1% with another $18.8 in week two. At this rate, $100 million is out the window for The Equalizer 2. A much more frontloaded run may end the sequel’s total around $85 million.
Sony’s Hotel Transylvania three-quel just isn’t holding as well in summer as the last two did in the fall. Currently in fourth place, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation dropped another 48.2%, grossing another $12.3 million. With $119.3 million so far, Summer Vacation continues to lead the previous two films. Though the weekend drops continue to be much greater. Hotel Transylvania dipped 36.3% in its third frame, while Hotel Transylvania 2 held the same down 38.5%. What’s keeping Summer Vacation afloat is the summer dailies. A finish around $140 million is still in the cards.
While Mission: Impossible – Fallout was the main attraction this weekend, newcomer Teen Titan Go! to the Movies rounded out the charts this weekend. Despite major critical praise, the animated superhero film pulled in about $10.5 million over the weekend. Compared to other recent animated blockbusters like Incredibles 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, that’s a fairly low haul. Then again, the animated spin-off was never expected to pull in those sort of numbers. A 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and B+ CinemaScore could suggest Teen Titans Go! may stick around for a decent run. Don’t be surprised if Teen Titans Go! ends up around $25 million in theaters.
Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s
#1 – Mission: Impossible – Fallout (NR)
$61.5 million / $61.5 million total
#2 – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2)
$15.0 million / $70.4 million total
#3 – The Equalizer 2 (1)
$14.0 million / $64.2 million total
#4 – Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (3)
$12.3 million / $119.2 million total
#5 – Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (NR)
$10.5 million / $10.5 million total
Opening Next Week: The Darkest Minds, Christopher Robin, Death of a Nation, The Spy Who Dumped Me
Source: Box Office Mojo