jul31.pngParamount reports that Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation added $5.2 million on Wednesday, giving the well-reviewed franchise sequel a six-day domestic tally of $74.74 million. That puts the film 2 percent ahead of the pace of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 30.5 percent ahead of 2006's Mission: Impossible III.

Minions held steady in second place yesterday with $1.75 million, down 38 percent from the same day last week. The animated prequel's domestic tally now stands at $293.7 million through 27 days of release as it approaches the $300 million threshold (which it will hit this coming weekend).

Vacation claimed third place yesterday with $1.66 million, off nearly 57 percent from its opening day last Wednesday. That gives the franchise revival an eight-day domestic sum of $26.69 million, putting it 45 percent behind the pace of 2013's We're the Millers.

In fourth place, Ant-Man was off 45 percent from last Wednesday to $1.65 million yesterday. The latest Marvel flick's domestic total stands at a healthy $138.1 million through 20 days of play.

In an impressive limited release debut, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' eased 19 percent from an already strong opening Tuesday to an estimated $1.6 million on Wednesday. With $3.57 million earned in two days from the pic's special engagement run, the anime release is performing well ahead of expectations.

In sixth, Pixels added $1.46 million for a 39 percent Wednesday-to-Wednesday drop. The Adam Sandler video game pic has tallied an underwhelming $50.9 million through 13 days of release.

Meanwhile, Shaun the Sheep debuted with $852K million in 2,202 locations yesterday. Given the film's last minute release date change from Friday, it remains to be seen whether or not it can draw out a stronger family audience this weekend.

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LOS ANGELES - August 6, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, "Fantastic Four" leads new releases at the top of Fandango's weekend ticket sales and the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, scoring 84 out of 100 points. "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" follows close behind in its second week, with a score of 81, and "The Gift," "Ricki and the Flash," and "Shaun the Sheep Movie," scored 69, 66 and 63 points out of 100, respectively.

"It's a busy week at the box office with new releases from Meryl Streep ("Ricki and the Flash"), Jason Bateman ("The Gift"), and Aardman Animations ("Shaun the Sheep Movie")," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "But with its built-in Marvel fan base and exciting new cast, ‘Fantastic Four' should have no problem leading the crowded field."

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

*According to comScore.

 

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By Daniel Garris

Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation grossed $7.23 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The well received fifth installment of the Tom Cruise led action franchise was up 6.5 percent over Monday's performance. Rogue Nation has grossed $69.54 million in five days and will zoom past the $70 million mark today. The film is performing towards the higher end of expectations 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 28 percent ahead of the $54.48 million five-day start of 2006's Mission: Impossible III.

Universal's Minions took in $2.38 million on Tuesday. The 3D computer animated prequel from Illumination Entertainment was up 19 percent over Monday and down a solid 41 percent from last Tuesday. Minions has grossed an impressive $291.96 million in 26 days, which leaves the film just $8.04 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone. The film currently trails the $306.81 million 26-day take of 2013's Despicable Me 2 by 5 percent.

Ant-Man grossed $2.24 million for the day. The Paul Rudd led 3D superhero film from Disney and Marvel increased 18.5 percent over Monday and decreased a sizable 48 percent from last Tuesday. Ant-Man has grossed a solid $136.46 million in 19 days, which places the film a very respectable 7 percent behind the $146.87 million 19-day take of 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Warner's Vacation followed closely behind with $2.18 million. The comedy franchise re-launch starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate was up 18 percent over Monday. Vacation has grossed a softer than expected $25.03 million through seven days of release. The film is currently running an underwhelming 19 percent behind the $30.83 million seven-day start of last year's Let's Be Cops.

Pixels held up fairly well on Tuesday with $2.10 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy from Sony was up 28 percent over Monday and down 43 percent from last Tuesday. However, Pixels continues to perform well below expectations with a twelve-day take of $49.46 million. That places the film a disappointing 42 percent behind the $85.38 million twelve-day haul of 2013's Grown Ups 2.

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The official press release: 

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, August 5, 2015 -- Universal Pictures today announced that the studio has grossed $5.53 billion, marking the highest-grossing year ever for a studio in industry history. In just seven months, Universal bested the record previously held by 20th Century Fox which ended 2014 with $5.52 billion. To date, Universal has grossed $3.59 billion internationally and $1.94 billion domestically and is poised to cross $2 billion at the North American box office later this month. The announcement was made by Jeff Shell, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures.

"At Universal we are fortunate to have the best team in the business," said Shell. "This tremendous success is a result of continued strategic decision-making from our production, marketing and distribution teams, along with strong dating choices. I'm tremendously proud of the success we've been able to achieve together."

"We are in business with some of the most talented people in the industry and the success of our slate this year is a testament to the creativity and vision of our filmmakers," said Langley. "With five months remaining in 2015 and ten films still to come, we look forward to celebrating even more record-breaking milestones."

Universal's success was fueled by some of the biggest films of the year, including Jurassic World ($1.562 billion) and Furious 7 ($1.515 billion)-which are the third and fifth highest-grossing films in history, respectively-as well as Illumination Entertainment's Minions ($875 million), Fifty Shades of Grey ($570 million) and Pitch Perfect 2 ($283 million).

Universal set records for the fastest that a studio has ever reached:

· $1 billion at the domestic box office;
· $2 billion and $3 billion at the international box office;
· and $3 billion, $4 billion and $5 billion at the worldwide box office.

In North America, Universal has five of the top eight openers of 2015: No. 1, Jurassic World ($208.7 million); No. 3, Furious 7 ($147.2 million); No. 4, Minions ($115.7 million); No. 7, Fifty Shades of Grey ($85.2 million); and No. 8, Pitch Perfect 2 ($69.2 million). These films also represent five of the top 10 highest-grossing films of the year. Universal has been No.1 at the domestic box office for 11 weekends, celebrated four worldwide No. 1 openings and has held the top spot at the international box office 12 times-all more than any other studio.

Some film-specific highlights include:

· Jurassic World had the biggest opening weekend of all-time internationally, domestically and worldwide. It is the fastest film to reach $1 billion worldwide after only 13 days of release, and is currently the third-highest-grossing film worldwide ever, behind only Avatar and Titanic.

· Illumination Entertainment's Minions earned the second-highest opening for an animated film in North America, the highest opening for an animated 3-D film of all time and the biggest animated opening day ever. It is also only the fourth animated film ever to cross $100 million in its opening weekend-the first to do so since 2010. Minions is currently the highest-grossing animated film of the year; sixth-highest-grossing animated film at the international box office; and ninth-highest-grossing animated title worldwide.

· Furious 7 is the highest-grossing film ever in China ($390.8 million) and the third-highest-grossing film at the international box office ever, joining the ranks of Avatar and Titanic as only the third film in history to reach $1 billion in international box office. It is also the fifth-highest-grossing film worldwide ever.

· In its first weekend alone, Pitch Perfect 2 out-grossed the domestic lifetime total of Pitch Perfect ($65 million) and more than doubled its modest production budget. It was the highest-grossing live-action musical opening and the second-highest PG-13 comedy opening ever.

Universal continues to charge ahead with an outstanding 2015 slate, including Straight Outta Compton, the astonishing story of the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A, which is directed by F. Gary Gray; writer, director, producer M. Night Shyamalan's return to the genre that launched his career in a new original thriller, The Visit, produced by Jason Blum; Everest, an epic adventure from Universal, Cross Creek and Working Title, inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain that is directed by Baltasar Kormákur; Steve Jobs, the drama from Oscar® winning-director Danny Boyle and Oscar® winning-writer Aaron Sorkin; Crimson Peak, the gothic romance from Legendary directed by Guillermo del Toro; By The Sea, the new drama from writer/director Angelina Jolie Pitt, starring Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt; Krampus, the horror-comedy from Legendary; and Sisters starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

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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.

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