Grosses

'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation' Takes off with $55.5M Debut; 'Vacation' Arrives with Soft $21.0M in Five Days After $14.7M Weekend TakeAugust 03, 2015 01:08 PM

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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 6 - Sun, Apr. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$33,111,557-43%4,1370$8,004$302,450,7223Lionsgate
2American Reunion$21,514,080--3,192--$6,740$21,514,0801Universal
3Titanic 3D$17,285,453--2,674--$6,464$25,645,9351Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$14,732,121-56%3,5450$4,156$58,614,2122Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$11,095,140-39%3,61815$3,067$36,773,2422Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$10,001,381-33%3,009-139$3,324$109,413,7634Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$5,030,025-35%3,003-261$1,675$198,204,3756Universal
8John Carter$830,305-59%1,015-1382$818$67,983,6525Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$992,428-22%52441$1,894$4,656,4295CBS Films
2Housefull 2$847,132--121--$7,001$847,1321Eros International
3Safe House$575,990-26%482-247$1,195$124,746,1509Universal
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$539,275-33%651-257$828$99,387,9519Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$531,103-47%708-531$750$68,764,3107Relativity Media
6The Raid: Redemption$526,29295%176130$2,990$1,249,9023Sony Pictures Classics
7A Thousand Words$478,424-47%507-500$944$17,422,3035Paramount
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$418,250-38%447-66$936$3,400,1204Paramount Vantage
9October Baby$365,385-53%339-48$1,078$3,780,58424IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
10Project X (2012)$326,490-60%444-459$735$54,061,2686Warner Bros.
11The Vow$293,199-11%479-35$612$123,922,1809Sony / Screen Gems
12Casa de mi Padre$267,432-55%283-156$945$5,496,4174Lionsgate / Pantelion
13This Means War$237,031-43%321-254$738$53,477,1798Fox
14Friends With Kids$225,193-51%207-101$1,088$6,728,2525Roadside Attractions
15Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$222,443-27%277-103$803$51,114,8768Sony / Columbia
16The Artist$182,410-35%222-93$822$43,848,90020Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$159,218-41%204-117$780$34,664,6327Lionsgate
18A Separation$129,642-41%141-58$919$6,685,37615Sony Pictures Classics
19Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$128,157-38%195-27$657$132,644,09217Fox
20The Iron Lady$127,851-30%236-48$542$29,649,85615Weinstein Company
21Chronicle$121,015-10%162-36$747$63,951,66810Fox
22Silent House (2012)$115,147-35%214-111$538$12,555,2305Open Road
23The Woman in Black$91,762-40%159-20$577$54,107,36510CBS Films
24Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$70,159-35%102-48$688$209,364,92117Paramount
25Hugo$68,411-47%101-73$677$73,820,09420Paramount
26Gone$56,42465%12160$466$11,653,1237Summit
27The Secret World of Arrietty$52,212-50%130-53$402$18,574,6098Disney
28Agent Vinod$24,030-80%1220$197$687,7833Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jiro Dreams of Sushi$230,50419%7228$3,201$992,4215Magnolia Pictures
2Footnote$136,895-43%655$2,106$817,7365Sony Pictures Classics
3The Kid With A Bike$126,379-7%5518$2,298$523,6014IFC Films
4Born to Be Wild 3D$103,5270%400$2,588$17,892,04953Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$98,416-40%522$1,893$495,5063Music Box Films
6Hubble 3D$89,08927%190$4,689$31,951,606108Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Bully (2012)$73,754-37%61$12,292$234,1642Weinstein Company
8We Need to Talk About Kevin$66,907-1%65-2$1,029$1,563,24918Oscilloscope
9Love in the Buff$63,810-30%133$4,908$208,1312China Lion Film
10Beauty and the Beast 3D$59,989-22%58-1$1,034$47,470,46113Disney
11Damsels in Distress$58,589--4--$14,647$58,5891Sony Pictures Classics
12We Bought a Zoo$57,388-47%99-37$580$75,406,97516Fox
13The Descendants$47,244-46%78-40$606$82,523,80921Fox Searchlight
14Under the Sea 3D$39,71741%140$2,837$31,067,675165Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$37,34154%4515$830$43,320,4119Fox
16Kahaani$36,280--17--$2,134$991,5025Viva Entertainment
17Fetih 1453$35,730--4--$8,933$35,7301NeoClassics Films
18We Have a Pope$31,368--3--$10,456$31,3681IFC Films
19Being Flynn$31,019-27%33-7$940$526,3226Focus
20The Salt of Life$29,26421%199$1,540$186,0596Zeitgeist Films
21Thin Ice$28,88920%322$903$737,4348IDP/ATO Pictures
22The Grey$26,569-57%67-137$397$51,533,60811Open Road
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$26,518-32%131$2,040$5,246,0771003D Entertainment
24Red Tails$25,380-58%55-46$461$49,759,62412Fox
25Coriolanus$25,07337%171$1,475$634,27212Weinstein Company
26Pina$25,003-42%21-12$1,191$3,418,92916IFC Films
27War Horse$24,317-60%49-47$496$79,837,51316Disney / DreamWorks
28In Darkness$23,998-46%41-8$585$912,7139Sony Pictures Classics
29Undefeated$23,369-26%15-1$1,558$460,1958Weinstein Company
30Chico & Rita$20,566--19--$1,082$341,6129GKIDS
31Boy$19,83618%134$1,526$142,4086Paladin
32The Hunter (2012)$19,032--4--$4,758$19,0321Magnolia Pictures
33Rampart$17,63029%4010$441$881,2879Millennium Entertainment
34Goon$17,541-64%16-15$1,096$4,088,6862Magnolia / Magnet
35W.E.$17,390-9%210$828$519,16510Weinstein Company
36One For the Money$15,964-57%49-53$326$26,404,75311Lionsgate
37The Island President$13,159-6%53$2,632$36,5402IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Albert Nobbs$11,969-47%301$399$2,962,47511Roadside Attractions
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$9,605486%64$1,601$102,55114Cinema Guild
40Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$8,203--3--$2,734$8,2031Wrekin Hill Entertainment
41Intruders$7,620-81%11-22$693$64,7272Millennium Entertainment
42Detachment$7,608-56%10-5$761$60,3554Tribeca Film
43Shame$6,944-48%8-6$868$3,982,93219Fox Searchlight
44Gerhard Richter Painting$6,755-41%4-1$1,689$96,7584Kino Lorber
45A Dangerous Method$6,442-18%12-8$537$5,689,93620Sony Pictures Classics
46Deep Sea 3D$6,13012%1-1$6,130$44,558,063319Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Turn Me On, Dammit!$5,990-41%20$2,995$20,7812New Yorker Films
48Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$5,20614%110$473$196,7476Magnolia Pictures
49The Women on the 6th Floor$4,969-10%40$1,242$681,97527Strand Releasing
50Free Men$4,64051%31$1,547$37,2474Film Movement
51Surviving Progress$4,161--2--$2,081$4,1611First Run Features
52On the Ice$3,9392%20$1,970$61,5648PMK*BNC
53The Forgiveness of Blood$3,4009%93$378$119,6837IFC Films
54Keyhole$3,294--1--$3,294$3,2941Monterey Media
55Natural Selection$3,153-14%30$1,051$27,7514Cinema Guild
56Young Goethe In Love$3,148--2--$1,574$156,32323Music Box Films
57This Is Not A Film$3,067--3--$1,022$42,5046Palisades Tartan
58The Trouble with Bliss$2,53217%42$633$10,91137A Productions
59Musical Chairs$2,224-79%4-8$556$29,8763Paladin
60ATM$2,034--1--$2,034$2,0341IFC Films
61Attenberg$1,823124%21$912$12,1695Strand Releasing
62Let The Bullets Fly$1,753-49%2-1$877$60,0406Variance Films
63The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$1,598--2--$799$41,14512First Run Features
64The Flowers of War$1,534-77%2-1$767$295,87112Wrekin Hill Entertainment
65Crazy Horse$1,498--2--$749$150,47712Zipporah Films
66Le Havre$1,163-42%1-2$1,163$609,45725Janus Films
67The FP$983-48%3-2$328$35,3514Drafthouse Films
68The Whale$982--1--$982$77,61731Paladin
69The Beat Hotel$918-37%32$306$3,0152First Run Features
70Sing Your Song$902-41%20$451$43,83413S2BN Films
71Sound of Noise$81852%10$818$24,3765Magnolia Pictures
72Reuniting The Rubins$67734%1-1$677$8,0064Monterey Media
73Carnage (2011)$675-78%5-7$135$2,542,19817Sony Pictures Classics
74The Fairy$65293%21$326$7,9637Kino Lorber
75Love$604-64%10$604$308,8698China Lion Film
76My Reincarnation$599--1--$599$91,16024Long Shot Factory
77Ranchero$391-60%10$391$22,18339Indican Pictures
78Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$362-40%10$362$302,65225Submarine Deluxe
79The Understudy$350-44%10$350$9,5934Indican Pictures
80Windfall$112-54%10$112$5,83310First Run Features