Grosses

'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation' Takes off with $56.0M Debut; 'Vacation' Arrives with Soft $21.2M in Five Days After $14.85M Weekend TakeAugust 02, 2015 09:00 AM

by Daniel Garris

Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation delivered this weekend with an estimated first place debut of $56.0 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 17 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 $20.32 million on Friday (which included an estimated $4.0 million from Thursday evening shows), fell a slim 3 percent on Saturday to gross $19.71 million and is estimated to decline 19 percent on Sunday to gross $15.98 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a solid 2.76 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 $14.85 million. The comedy franchise re-launch starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate has grossed $21.17 million in five days since opening on Wednesday. That is below the already scaled back expectations for the film. Vacation is running a distant 44 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 this weekend as 64 percent of the film's audience was 25 years and older. Vacation skewed slightly towards female moviegoers (53 percent).

On the positive side of things, Vacation was quite back-loaded towards the weekend as it registered an estimated 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 estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 3.30 to 1 (the film took in $4.50 million on Friday, increased 28 percent on Saturday to gross $5.77 million and is estimated to decrease 21 percent on Sunday to gross $4.58 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 currently has the edge for third with an estimated weekend take of $12.62 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 $132.15 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 an estimated $12.16 million. The 3D computer animated prequel from Illumination Entertainment currently trails Ant-Man by only an estimated $464,000 for the frame. Minions was down a significant 47 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 $287.35 million in 24 days. That places the 3D computer animated prequel from Illumination Entertainment 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 an estimated $10.4 million. The Adam Sandler led 3D action comedy fell a sharp 57 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 $45.61 million, Pixels is running a disappointing 42.5 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 an estimated $9.69 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 $79.70 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 an estimated $7.52 million. The Jake Gyllenhaal led sports drama was down a sharp 55 percent from last weekend, 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 $31.58 million. The film is currently running 22 percent ahead of the $25.98 million ten-day gross of 2012's End of Watch.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 24 - Sun, Jun. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$66,135,507--4,115--$16,072$66,135,5071Disney
2Bad Teacher$31,603,106--3,049--$10,365$31,603,1061Sony / Columbia
3Green Lantern (2011)$18,028,056-66%3,8160$4,724$88,989,4772Warner Bros.
4Super 8$12,028,092-44%3,42416$3,513$95,114,3243Paramount
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$10,145,662-45%3,3423$3,036$39,293,3412Fox
6X-Men: First Class$6,680,480-44%2,633-742$2,537$132,895,4084Fox
7The Hangover Part II$5,574,179-45%2,755-705$2,023$243,651,8605Warner Bros.
8Bridesmaids$5,260,290-26%2,031-542$2,590$146,547,3157Universal
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$4,928,925-26%2,244-498$2,196$229,287,2266Disney
10Kung Fu Panda 2$4,173,144-54%2,527-942$1,651$153,065,6415Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$4,171,047-15%951-87$4,386$28,270,6376Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$1,328,02614%215100$6,177$5,843,2905Fox Searchlight
3Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$617,578-71%891-1633$693$13,447,5483Relativity Media
4Rio (2011)$532,1803%344-64$1,547$139,633,16311Fox
5Thor$511,300-55%404-471$1,266$177,223,3648Paramount
6Fast Five$508,335-42%458-271$1,110$207,752,2109Universal
7Water for Elephants$255,630-16%292-59$875$57,689,23210Fox
8Something Borrowed$226,13512%30391$746$38,438,3108Warner Bros.
9Soul Surfer$208,866-14%240-24$870$43,062,59412Sony / TriStar
10African Cats$199,479242%1221$1,635$15,240,45610Disneynature
11The Lincoln Lawyer$137,259-31%189-31$726$57,626,05615Lionsgate
12The Art of Getting By$135,232-80%307-303$440$1,351,9802Fox Searchlight
13Rango$116,786-21%156-32$749$123,010,65517Paramount
14Jumping the Broom$99,866-53%117-94$854$37,295,3948Sony / TriStar
15Source Code$68,638-43%106-55$648$54,532,07313Summit
16Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$55,158-42%114-48$484$9,981,3679Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gerry (2011)$543,74748%950$5,724$1,256,1902Entertainment One Films
2Beginners$470,98133%7228$6,541$1,550,0554Focus
3Double Dhamaal$301,831--54--$5,589$301,8311Reliance Big Pictures
4Buck$291,503332%5450$5,398$386,7492IFC Films
5Born to Be Wild 3D$225,9423%470$4,807$7,732,32512Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Trip (2011)$155,327-12%388$4,088$530,1953IFC Films
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$142,275-41%75-41$1,897$4,423,2779IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$112,500-3%34-2$3,309$26,455,41967Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$97,043--24--$4,043$97,0431Abramorama
10Insidious$72,569-20%74-24$981$53,526,43213FilmDistrict
11Incendies$69,996-21%62-4$1,129$1,658,63410Sony Pictures Classics
12Turtle: The Incredible Journey$69,389--24--$2,891$69,3891Hannover House
13Beginning of the Great Revival$65,866--29--$2,271$65,8661China Lion Film
14A Better Life$62,087--4--$15,522$62,0871Summit
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$59,32113%110$5,393$3,236,297593D Entertainment
16The Double Hour$49,5145%30-9$1,650$1,238,72811IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17Limitless$46,409-37%85-32$546$79,174,22415Relativity Media
18Page One: Inside the New York Times$45,24957%1715$2,662$87,3302Magnolia Pictures
19Submarine$42,103-28%26-2$1,619$288,9424Weinstein Company
20Hanna$40,222-31%59-32$682$40,201,35812Focus
21Under the Sea 3D$39,5200%15-1$2,635$28,912,741124Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Bride Flight$33,647-25%19-5$1,771$187,3433Music Box Films
23Jane Eyre (2011)$32,002-30%51-17$627$11,172,83116Focus
24The Names of Love$30,372--5--$6,074$30,3721Music Box Films
25Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$28,131-44%58-32$485$52,639,18014Fox
26Space Station 3D$25,61963948%20$12,810$83,811,972480IMAX
27Win Win$22,155-50%32-35$692$10,123,03915Fox Searchlight
28Bill Cunningham New York$22,043-10%12-7$1,837$1,339,65015Zeitgeist Films
29Trollhunter$20,12551%94$2,236$52,5933Magnolia / Magnet
30Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$19,492-56%46-25$424$52,889,16310Lionsgate
31In a Better World$18,87181%21-3$899$882,00113Sony Pictures Classics
3213 Assassins$18,181-53%21-10$866$712,5179Magnolia / Magnet
33The Beaver$17,12838%6643$260$958,3198Summit
34Everything Must Go$15,636-46%33-22$474$2,631,1347Roadside Attractions
35Passione: A Musical Adventure$15,377--1--$15,377$22,6981Abramorama
36Meek's Cutoff$15,236-44%17-13$896$876,30212Oscilloscope
37The Conspirator$13,426-44%25-19$537$11,487,48811Roadside Attractions
38City of Life and Death$13,2930%94$1,477$73,0907Kino International
39The Last Mountain$13,008-36%6-1$2,168$83,1154Dada Films
40I Am (2011)$11,090-37%13-23$853$1,554,57119Paladin
41Rejoice and Shout$11,025251%53$2,205$41,5264Magnolia Pictures
42Viva Riva!$9,326154%52$1,865$31,5983Music Box Films
43Hobo with a Shotgun$9,25528%12-2$771$672,6488Magnolia / Magnet
44The First Grader$8,434-31%11-4$767$316,8197National Geographic
45L'Amour fou$8,320-16%13-1$640$298,7817IFC Films
46Queen to Play$7,290-24%4-5$1,823$344,81113Zeitgeist Films
47Winter in Wartime$7,101-31%10-4$710$517,03615Sony Pictures Classics
48Last Night (2010)$6,682113%51$1,336$108,7998Miramax / Tribeca
49Scream 4$6,406-55%18-21$356$38,176,89211Weinstein Company
50Deep Sea 3D$6,130-25%20$3,065$44,326,089278Warner Bros. / IMAX
51The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$5,922--1--$5,922$5,9221Rialto Pictures
52Of Gods and Men$5,827-17%7-10$832$3,954,65118Sony Pictures Classics
53If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$5,634--2--$2,817$13,7081Oscilloscope
54Beautiful Boy$5,609-64%4-4$1,402$63,9314Anchor Bay Films
55The Princess of Montpensier$5,30238%115$482$340,91711IFC Films
56Potiche$5,065-39%7-1$724$1,600,65814Music Box Films
57Pianomania$4,819--2--$2,410$8,3935First Run Features
58Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$4,620-41%6-4$770$212,64141Collective Eye
59My Perestroika$4,533-38%5-3$907$231,43414International Film Circuit
60How To Live Forever$4,351138%43$1,088$35,0607Variance Films
61Road to Nowhere$3,936-35%4-3$984$20,5983Monterey Media
62Small Town Murder Songs$3,74354%63$624$19,2595Monterey Media
63Farmageddon$3,013--1--$3,013$7,7122Undefined
64Leap Year (2011)$2,727--1--$2,727$2,7271Strand Releasing
65WAR: Women Art Revolution$2,554-36%40$639$29,9134Zeitgeist Films
66Battle for Brooklyn$2,253--1--$2,253$15,3032Rumur
67Poetry$1,856--2--$928$349,48320Kino International
68The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,850-50%6-3$308$621,95110Sony Pictures Classics
6935 and Ticking$1,831-45%10$1,831$75,5396Image Entertainment
70Kill the Irishman$1,73010%20$865$1,187,71116Anchor Bay Films
71Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,722-26%1-1$1,722$26,4887First Run Features
72Raw Faith$1,486--1--$1,486$1,4861Alive Mind Cinema
73Hesher$1,298-53%2-1$649$369,4437Wrekin Hill Entertainment
74Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,062-16%20$531$176,09117Strand Releasing
75The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$833-81%2-1$417$135,50513Lorber Films
76Blank City$792-68%1-1$792$106,82712Insurgent Releasing
77Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$761--2--$381$10,6637Strand Releasing
78Circo$749-56%20$375$67,82113First Run Features
79Film Socialisme$689-37%10$689$22,5214Lorber Films
80Into Eternity$640-68%1-1$640$52,05721International Film Circuit
81The Music Never Stopped$596119%2-1$298$250,00015Roadside Attractions
82Putty Hill$500--1--$500$48,13219Cinema Guild
83Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$430--1--$430$251,56125First Run Features
84Octubre$284--1--$284$17,6988New Yorker Films
85Making The Boys$267-57%21$134$32,53716First Run Features
86Korkoro$240-74%1-1$240$7,81014Lorber Films
87The Robber$196-75%1-1$196$69,4899Kino International