Sunday, August 2, 2015
The star is back on top as Vacation's road was bumpy.
Story by Matt CummingsParamount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation easily won the weekend box office with an estimated $56 million, ranking it as second all-time for a M:I movie - that honor goes to MI:II at just above $57m. The well received Tom Cruise follow up has been gaining traction among critics for weeks, although tracking numbers were actually painting it for a much softer opening of around $40m. Rogue Nation's final numbers represent the higher end of expectations, and could actually rise once all the numbers are in. A 9:50am screening on Sunday at a local theater actually saw several people waiting in line to buy a morning ticket. With support like that, it's possible we could see it become the No. 1 M:I film ever. Ant-Man and Minions vie for table scraps. Ant-Man has a late advantage, and should come in around $12.62m, although it was down a surprising 49% from last weekend. The good news is that it has grossed a very respectable $132.15m in just 17 days of release, off just 8% from 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger at $143.20m. Minions won fourth place at $12.16m, but could actually beat Ant-Man before Monday arrives - there's less than $500,000 separating the two. It continues to enjoy good word of mouth, and has taken in $287.35m in in 24 days, just 3% behind 2013's Despicable Me 2 at $295.26m. Sony's Pixels rounded out the top five with an estimated $10.4m. That's a significant drop of 57% from last weekend, mirroring fan disappointment and critic's hammering of its juvenile script and performances by Actors Adam Sandler and Kevin James. With 10 days in the books, Pixels is running 42.5% behind the $79.39m gross for 2013's Grown Ups 2 and just slightly ahead of 2012's Battleship ($44.56m). That's not good company to be keeping. Trainwreck took sixth place with an estimated $9.69m, giving it $79.7m in 17 days. The Weinstein Company's Southpaw fell to the mat with an estimated $7.52m. The Jake Gyllenhaal sports drama hasn't gotten the buzz that critics hoped would help launch it into the top 5, down 55% from last weekend. Still, it's off to a solid (if somewhat disappointing) ten-day number of $31.58m , which is actually 22% ahead of 2012's End of Watch at $25.98m. With the summer movie season closing this month, and numbers low across the board, audiences are definitely dictating this box office with their wallets, rewarding some (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), and cruelly punishing those they consider unworthy. Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.