By Daniel Garris
Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation took in $6.79 million on Monday to lead the daily box office with ease for a fourth consecutive day. The well received fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led action franchise fell 56 percent from Sunday. Rogue Nation passed the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed $62.31 million in four days. The film is performing towards the higher end of expectations thus far and will hope to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and strong early word of mouth. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is currently running 21.5 percent ahead of the $51.27 million four-day start of 2006's Mission: Impossible III.
Universal's Minions placed in second with $2.00 million. The 3D computer animated prequel from Illumination Entertainment was down just 47 percent from Sunday and down a very solid 35 percent from last Monday. Wide releases in general (and especially family fare) received an extra boost on Monday from the Civic Holiday in Canada. Minions has grossed an impressive $289.58 million in 25 days. That places the film 4 percent behind the $301.65 million 25-day take of 2013's Despicable Me 2.
Ant-Man followed closely behind in third with $1.89 million. The Paul Rudd led 3D superhero film from Disney and Marvel declined 53 percent from Sunday and a respectable 43 percent from last Monday. Ant-Man has clearly taken a hit from the arrival of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and will be facing further direct competition from Fox's Fantastic Four beginning on Friday. Ant-Man has grossed a solid $134.22 million in 18 days, which places it just 7 percent behind the $144.88 million 18-day take of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.
Warner's Vacation landed in fourth place with $1.84 million. The comedy franchise re-launch starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate fell 58 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's largest daily percentage decline among wide releases. Vacation has grossed a softer than expected $22.85 million through six days of release. The film is currently running an underwhelming 19 percent behind the $28.32 million six-day start of last year's Let's Be Cops.
Pixels rounded out Monday's top five with $1.64 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy from Sony was down 48 percent from Sunday and down 43 percent from last Monday. Pixels continues to perform significantly below expectations with a lackluster eleven-day take of $47.36 million. That places the film a disappointing 42 percent behind the $82.14 million eleven-day haul of 2013's Grown Ups 2.
Universal's Trainwreck claimed sixth place with $1.33 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy declined 52 percent from Sunday and 38 percent from last Monday. Trainwreck surpassed the $80 million mark yesterday and has grossed a healthy $80.95 million in 18 days. The film is currently running an impressive 35 percent ahead of the $60.11 million 18-day gross of 2009's Julie & Julia.
Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice
This week sees an astonishing 13 new films enter Chinese cinemas, but with only 2 or 3 capable of stealing showtimes away from Monster Hunt, the record-breaking blockbuster looks to continue its run at the top of the Chinese box office for a fourth straight weekend. (At writing, Monster Hunt has grossed $302M).
Monster Hunt's biggest competitor this week according to EntGroup's EFMT Index is To The Fore (破风), a sports drama from Hong Kong director Dante Lam set in the cutthroat world of professional road cycling. Lam teams up again with actor Eddie Peng; they last worked together on 2013's mixed martial arts drama Unbeatable which grossed $19 million on the Mainland. The film also stars Korean pop-star Choi Siwon and Chinese-Canadian actor Shawn Dou who along with Peng could attract lots of young female moviegoers. Even though To The Fore contains sports elements that would otherwise make it a rather niche film, the cutthroat drama and backstabbing place it more in line with films young Chinese audiences like to watch. Therefore, we see To The Fore exceeding Unbeatable's box office performance, perhaps reaching as much as $50 million by the end of its run. To The Fore is also being released in select US and Canadian cities on Saturday through Magnum Films.
Aimed at a similar demographic, Time To Love (新步步惊心) is adapted from a popular 2011 Hunan television series. Here's the premise: a young modern woman fed up with her white collar job is accidentally sent back in time and becomes a Qing Dynasty Princess. A similarly-themed TV show-turned film called The Palace (宫锁城乡) was released in 2013 and grossed only $9 million. Despite rabid fans of the TV show showing up on opening day, we expect word of mouth to hurt this ridiculous movie and it will disappear overnight with just $5 million.
Local animation has been in the spotlight this summer with Monkey King: Hero Is Back smashing records left and right. Two new Chinese animated films enter cinemas this weekend trying to steal some of Monkey's attention, but we anticipate the King will reign supreme for another frame. Kwai Boo: Crazy Space Adventure (桂宝之爆笑闯宇宙) is a big screen adaptation of China's popular Crazy Kwai Boo animated TV series - think a Chinese Jimmy Neutron. 20th Century Fox has invested an undisclosed sum into Kwai Boo: Crazy Space Adventure, marking the first ever investment by a Hollywood player in Chinese animation. Mr. Black - Green Star (黑猫警长之翡翠之星) adapted from a popular ‘80s animation about a black cat riding around on his motorcycle stopping bad guys, would like to capitalize on the nostalgia that catapulted Stand By Me Doraemon to an impressive $88 million in May, but we don't see it getting anywhere near that.
The other 9 (!!) films opening this weekend are The Snow Queen (Russia), Love in the Office (一路向前), Sword of Hope (轩辕剑传奇), Legend of Didao (小西天狄道传奇), The Spirit of the Swords (情剑), Love at First (爱之初体验), The Best Love (我爸比我小四岁), Where'd The Time Go (时间都去哪了), and Red Mansion (红髅).
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By Daniel Garris
Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation delivered this weekend with a first place debut of $55.52 million. The well received fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led action franchise opened towards the higher end of its wide ranging expectations. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Rogue Nation claimed the second largest opening weekend take of the Mission: Impossible franchise; behind only the $57.85 million opening weekend of 2000's Mission: Impossible II. Rogue Nation opened 16 percent ahead of the $47.74 million debut of 2006's Mission: Impossible III, though it should also be noted that the opening weekend of Mission: Impossible III adjusts to $61.15 million when taking into account ticket price inflation. Pre-release tracking had been surprisingly soft for Rogue Nation, but the film was ultimately able to get off to a good start thanks in part to its very strong critical reviews and to the rest of the marketplace being fairly empty for this time of year.
Rogue Nation opened with $20.30 million on Friday (which included an estimated $4.0 million from Thursday evening shows), fell a slim 3 percent on Saturday to gross $19.65 million and declined 21 percent on Sunday to gross $15.57 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a solid 2.73 to 1. Early word of mouth appears to be very strong for Rogue Nation, as the film received an A- rating on CinemaScore and currently boasts a 92 percent audience score on Flixster. With that in mind, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is likely to hold up relatively well going forward, though the film will also face significant competition over the next two weeks from Fox's Fantastic Four, Universal's Straight Outta Compton and Warner's The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The audience breakdown for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (81 percent) and towards male moviegoers (62 percent).
Warner's Vacation debuted in a distant second place this weekend with $14.68 million. The comedy franchise re-launch starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate has grossed $21.00 million in five days since opening on Wednesday. That is below the already scaled back expectations for the film. Vacation is running a distant 45 percent behind the $37.91 million five-day launch of 2013's We're the Millers. Instead, Vacation performed much more in line with the $19.10 million five-day start of 2012's Hope Springs. Poor critical reviews certainly didn't help matters for Vacation and the film's R rating appears to have limited some of its potential with younger moviegoers as 64 percent of the film's audience was 25 years and older. Vacation skewed slightly towards female moviegoers (53 percent).
On a positive note, Vacation was quite back-loaded towards the weekend as it registered a five-day to three-day weekend ratio of 1.43 to 1. That suggests that the film may be naturally back-loaded going forward. Over the three-day frame, Vacation had an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.25 to 1 (the film took in $4.52 million on Friday, increased 28 percent on Saturday to gross $5.80 million and decreased 25 percent on Sunday to gross $4.36 million). Vacation may also be aided by the relative lack of new comedies arriving in the marketplace throughout the rest of August. On the other hand, the film's modest B rating on CinemaScore isn't the most encouraging early sign, though it does suggest that the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.
It was a close race for third place this weekend between Ant-Man and Minions. Disney's Ant-Man ended up on top with $12.80 million. The Paul Rudd led 3D superhero film from Marvel was down a sizable 49 percent from last weekend, as it clearly took a direct hit from the arrival of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation in the marketplace. Ant-Man has grossed a solid $132.33 million through 17 days of release. That places the film just 8 percent behind the $143.20 million 17-day gross of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.
Minions placed in fourth with $12.39 million. The 3D computer animated prequel from Universal and Illumination Entertainment trailed Ant-Man by just $415,269 for the frame. Minions was down a significant 46 percent from last weekend, as the film continues to feel the effect of mixed word of mouth (especially among adults). With that said, Minions has grossed an impressive $287.58 million in 24 days. That places the film 3 percent behind the $295.26 million 24-day take of 2013's Despicable Me 2.
Sony's Pixels rounded out the weekend's top five with $10.50 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy fell a sharp 56 percent from last weekend. The film's percentage hold was lackluster, especially on the heels of last weekend's much softer than expected debut. With a ten-day gross of $45.71 million, Pixels is running a disappointing 42 percent behind the $79.39 million ten-day gross of 2013's Grown Ups 2 and just ahead of the $44.56 million ten-day take of 2012's Battleship.
Trainwreck followed in sixth with $9.61 million. The critically acclaimed Amy Schumer led comedy from director Judd Apatow was down a respectable 44 percent. While Trainwreck has already registered a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.65 to 1, the film is also displaying more front-loading than is often usual for a film from Apatow; likely a result of Schumer's fanbase having rushed out to see the film. Trainwreck has grossed a strong $79.61 million in 17 days, which places it an impressive 35 percent ahead of the $59.09 million 17-day gross of 2009's Julie & Julia.
The Weinstein Company's Southpaw landed in seventh place with $7.62 million. The Jake Gyllenhaal led sports drama was down a sharp 54 percent, which does take a bit of the luster off of last weekend's stronger than expected debut. Even with this weekend's decline, Southpaw is still off to a solid ten-day start of $31.68 million. The film is currently running 22 percent ahead of the $25.98 million ten-day gross of 2012's End of Watch.
GLOBAL REPORT: 'MI5' Kicks Off To $121M Worldwide, 49% Ahead of 'GHOST PROTOCOL'; 'PIXELS' Freezes in Second Frame; China's 'MONSTER HUNT' Still On The Prowl Nearing $300M
Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation kicked off by opening #1 in 33 of 40 overseas territories this weekend, grossing an impressive $65 million which is 49% ahead of Ghost Protocol across the same marketplace. Including NA’s opening weekend of $56 million, the fifth film in the MI franchise is at a solid $121 million worldwide after one frame.
South Korea topped all territories with $17.1 million from 1,201 locations. That’s the biggest opening ever for a Tom Cruise film in Korea and 48% ahead of Ghost Protocol. The UK/Ireland scored $8.7 million for its biggest opening in the MI franchise. Mexico more than doubled Ghost Protocol’s opening with $5.1 million at 680 locations. Taiwan ($5.0M), Australia ($3.9M), Malaysia ($2.7M), and Hong Kong ($2.6) all opened well above Ghost Protocol. Twenty-five markets will release in the coming weeks with all eyes on China opening September 8.
Minions opened well in both Japan and South Korea this week, grabbing $39.1 million (-14%) across 62 territories for an overseas total of $567.3 million and a worldwide total of $854.6 million. Minions is now the 9th highest-grossing animated film of all-time worldwide passing Shrek The Third ($799M). Next up is Ice Age: Continental Drift ($880M). Japan opened at #2 with $6 million behind local manga adaptation Attack on Titan. South Korea opened at #3 with $6.4 million behind MI5 and Assassination. That opening is 5 times bigger than Despicable Me 2’s opening weekend. Germany ($49M cume) and Argentina ($33.8M cume) both held onto #1 for the fifth consecutive weekend, and Minions is the highest-grossing film of all-time (in USD) in Argentina. Five more territories to release: Slovenia (August 13), Italy (August 27), Turkey (September 4), China (September 13), and Greece (September 24).
Monster Hunt had another solid weekend in China, taking the top spot with $30.6 million (-41%) despite several new big releases. The live-action/3D animated hybrid family film is already the highest-grossing Chinese language film of all-time in China with $290 million and is closing in on Transformers 4 ($319 million) to become the 2nd highest-grossing film of all-time. Monster Hunt has been the #1 movie in China for its entire release, 17 consecutive days.
Ant-Man hauled off with $20 million (-44%) in its third weekend of overseas release from 50 territories, opening this weekend in Lebanon and South Africa. The Disney/Marvel heist film has grossed $159.5 million overseas and $291.648 million worldwide. This weekend saw strong holds in Europe, highlighted by France (-29%), Spain (-36%) and Germany (-39%). Top grossing territories are the UK/Ireland ($19.9M), Mexico ($13.2M), Brazil ($10.9M), Russia ($10.5M), France ($9.7M), Taiwan ($9.4M), and Australia ($9.3M). Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man opens in Italy on August 12, South Korea on September 3 and Japan on September 19. It is awaiting a confirmed release date in China.
Sony’s disappointing Pixels opened in 18 new markets this weekend and grossed $19.8 million (-6%) from ~9,000 screens, bringing the overseas cume to $56.5 million and the global total to $102.11 million. Germany opened with $2.6 million, 9% ahead of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and 57% ahead of Ant-Man. Italy took to the top spot with $1.5 million accounting for a third of this weekend’s market. Peru outperformed MI5 this weekend and opened with $755K. Russia held on to #1 again this weekend for $1.1 million and has already surpassed The Lego Movie with $4.7 million total. Other top performing territories are Mexico ($8M), Brazil ($7.3M), Argentina ($5.1M), South Korea ($4.7M), and France ($3.4M). Pixels hits the start button in UK/Ireland on August 12, Australia on September 10, Japan on September 12, and China on September 15.
Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out grossed $17.8 million (-37%) from 51 territories in its seventh weekend of overseas release, lifting the international cume to $272.7 million and the global tally to $602.294 million). Top grossing territories are Mexico ($30.6M), South Korea ($27.2M — the 3rd highest grossing animated release ever behind Frozen and Kung Fu Panda 2, UK/Ireland ($26.6M after just two weekends), Australia ($22.3M — the #3 Pixar release of all-time), France (down 22% this weekend for $21.8M) and Russia ($18.9M). There were no new openings this week. Next weekend sees openings in Taiwan and Lebanon. Italy bows on September 16 and Germany opens October 1.
Paper Towns located $6.0 million (-20%) from 3,930 screens in 57 overseas markets this weekend, lifting the international cume to $25.7 million and the global total to $49.5 million. The YA targeted film opened at #5 in Germany with $829K, #4 in the Netherlands with $322K, and #4 in Belgium with $225K. Top grossing territories so far are Brazil ($6.05 million), Mexico ($3.4 million), Australia ($3.35 million), and Venezuela ($1.4 million). Paper Towns opens in 10 additional markets this month with Spain coming August 7, France on August 12, HK on August 13 and the UK/Ireland on August 17.
Terminator: Genisys grossed $4.8 million this weekend across 64 territories, lifting the international cume to $230 million and worldwide total to $317.65 million. Japan earned $1.3 million for $19.6 million after a month in release, and Germany made $550K for $8.8 after 4 weekends. China opens on August 23.
Jurassic World stomped to $4.4 million (-47%) in 63 territories this weekend, bringing its overseas total to $928 million and its global total to a staggering $1.560 billion. Japan is the final release this Wednesday, August 5.
Ted 2 opened in Spain and Middle Eastern territories this weekend, grossing $3.6 million across 45 territories. The Seth McFarlane helmed sequel has grossed $79.8 million overseas and $160.3 million worldwide. Spain opened in second place with $1.1 million at 350 locations. France and French-Switzerland open on Wednesday.
Magic Mike XXL grossed $3.5 million (-44%) from 42 markets this weekend, bringing the international cume to $46.4 million and the global total to $111.17 million. Brazil more than doubled the opening of Magic Mike with $1.2 million from 171 screens, and Germany held well with $1.35 million for a $5.2 million cume after two weekends of release.
Films with $2 million or less overseas this weekend (Weekend Total/Overseas Total/Global Total)
Insidious: Chapter 3 - $1.5 million/$65.43 million/$117.5 million
Avengers: Age of Ultron - $0.9 million/$941.5 million/$1.398429 billion
Pitch Perfect 2 - $0.59 million/$99.2 million/$283 million
Spy - $0.47 million/$123.56 million/$232.39 million
Trainwreck - $0.29 million/$0.6 million/$80.3 million