Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Opens No. 1, ‘Vacation’ Disappoints
The final numbers are in for the weekend box office, and it appears the Mission: Impossible franchise is officially back.
Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation took the No. 1 spot with $56 million over the weekend, performing well beyond expectations. The combination of strong marketing, a male-driven audience, and the star power of Tom Cruise helped make this the second-best opening of the Mission: Impossible franchise after Mission: Impossible II, which opened to $70.8 million in 2000. Of course, strong critical praise has also aided the movie in being taken seriously at the box office. Its current 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes essentially screams, This isn’t just a popcorn flick.
Overseas, Cruise’s star power is being credited with the impressive $65 million take for Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, which includes a record-smashing $17.1 million in South Korea. With a budget of $150 million, this movie had a long road ahead to profitability. Yet, with its $121 million worldwide gross this weekend alone, it’s looking like there’s still money-drawing power in the Mission: Impossible franchise. If nothing else, this is a huge boon for Cruise, as Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation is his third-best domestic opening in history after Mission: Impossible II and War of the Worlds, which opened to $64.9 million in 2005. This also adds to the big summer Jeremy Renner is having. Between this, and the massive success of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it seems Renner is one of Hollywood’s secret weapons, at least when it comes to utility players in blockbuster ensembles.
However, the news wasn’t nearly as good for the attempted resurrection of another formerly successful franchise: Vacationdebuted to a disappointing $14.9 million for the Thursday-Sunday stretch, although the movie’s total is is increased to $21.2 million if we go as far back as Wednesday, its opening day. Unfortunately, this is still well below expectations, as the studio was hoping for a debut in the $30 million range. The attempted revival of the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise features Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, who takes his own family on the sort of vacation his family used to take. The movie also stars Christina Applegate, and features cameos from National Lampoon’s Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. Of course, if this were actually intended to be a continuation of the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies, the studio certainly dropped the ball, considering that a title as generic as Vacation, with no National Lampoon’s banner over top of it, doesn’t really make the case for why you should go out of your way to see it. It also doesn’t help that the movie is being ravaged by critics: currently, Vacation sits at 24% on Rotten Tomatoes.
While Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was aimed at the male demographic, while the R-rated Vacation was angled towards adult audiences, the Top 5 was rounded out by holdovers aimed at wider audiences. Ant-Man narrowly secured the No. 3 spot with $12.6 million, just barely outgrossing No. 4 placeholder Minions, which earned $12.1 million. Meanwhile, Pixels suffered a 57% decline in its second weekend, scoring $10.4 million domestically to make this one of the more disappointing showings for a major Adam Sandler film.
But how did the other films do at the weekend box office? Check out the Top 10 list below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 08/03/2015
1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($56 million)
2. Vacation ($14.8 million)
3. Ant-Man ($12.6 million)
4. Minions ($12.1 million)
5. Pixels ($10.4 million)
6. Trainwreck ($9.6 million)
7. Southpaw ($7.5 million)
8. Paper Towns ($4.6 million)
9. Inside Out ($4.5 million)
10. Jurassic World ($3.7 million)
But what, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!
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