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.

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, Apr. 27 - Sun, Apr. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$17,604,141-48%2,0150$8,737$60,472,1992Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$11,137,734--3,358--$3,317$11,137,7341Sony / Columbia
3The Hunger Games$10,814,271-26%3,572-180$3,028$372,019,0216Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$10,808,023-52%3,17520$3,404$39,409,7192Warner Bros.
5The Five-Year Engagement$10,610,060--2,936--$3,614$10,610,0601Universal
6Safe (2012)$7,892,539--2,266--$3,483$7,892,5391Lionsgate
7The Raven$7,289,642--2,203--$3,309$7,289,6421Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$5,227,862-51%1,5674$3,336$18,920,7942Disneynature
9The Three Stooges$5,167,421-47%3,105-377$1,664$36,907,9653Fox
10The Cabin in the Woods$4,619,480-42%2,639-172$1,750$34,783,3203Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$3,000,054-37%1,820-607$1,648$131,937,5727Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$2,907,900-47%2,154-879$1,350$53,471,7354Universal
13Mirror Mirror$2,232,938-49%2,017-921$1,107$58,870,3605Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$1,981,008-49%1,572-930$1,260$80,524,8195Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$1,913,733-62%1,409-1106$1,358$56,280,8754Paramount
16Lockout$945,406-71%1,259-1076$751$13,334,9363Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$848,070-55%883-700$960$208,435,7509Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$512,212-16%401-43$1,277$101,883,41712Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$427,518-38%335-111$1,276$7,777,8468CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$327,390-36%2630$1,245$2,123,8695Weinstein Company
5This Means War$174,554-17%232-61$752$54,351,03711Fox
6Safe House$166,030-28%229-72$725$125,855,85512Universal
7Act of Valor$155,17918%28556$544$69,681,47110Relativity Media
8Footnote$147,089-21%1018$1,456$1,548,2558Sony Pictures Classics
9The Raid: Redemption$134,805-72%126-422$1,070$3,894,0136Sony Pictures Classics
10The Vow$118,983-39%218-79$546$124,808,53312Sony / Screen Gems
11A Thousand Words$115,94983%1691$686$18,071,0018Paramount
12John Carter$112,881-33%180-64$627$69,219,9498Disney
13October Baby$92,108-63%145-165$635$5,186,61327IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$91,287-27%127-48$719$51,662,23011Sony / Columbia
15Project X (2012)$78,168-39%155-103$504$54,637,0079Warner Bros.
16Chronicle$75,715-26%121-16$626$64,416,42213Fox
17The Secret World of Arrietty$71,836-27%155-40$463$19,004,82511Disney
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$48,815-30%111-24$440$132,990,69120Fox
19Housefull 2$34,452-65%1210$285$1,566,9914Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsieur Lazhar$245,12661%6835$3,605$606,44027Music Box Films
2To the Arctic 3D$233,130-14%500$4,663$668,1312Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Marley$208,494-20%6422$3,258$572,3502Magnolia Pictures
4Jiro Dreams of Sushi$150,350-16%803$1,879$1,815,4238Magnolia Pictures
5Tezz$148,133--97--$1,527$148,1331Eros Entertainment
6Vicky Donor$122,742-27%500$2,455$357,7432Eros International
7The Kid With A Bike$111,297-26%85-1$1,309$1,111,4967IFC Films
8Bernie$85,805--3--$28,602$85,8051Millennium Entertainment
9Damsels in Distress$82,880-28%5711$1,454$438,0944Sony Pictures Classics
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$81,175-49%67-39$1,212$1,082,2993Code Black Entertainment
11Born to Be Wild 3D$78,727-11%342$2,316$18,496,71256Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$75,572-10%561$1,350$873,6096Music Box Films
13Darling Companion$64,44161%1713$3,791$119,3422Sony Pictures Classics
14Jeff Who Lives at Home$57,338-56%79-43$726$4,138,1987Paramount Vantage
15We Have a Pope$54,96624%278$2,036$239,7734IFC Films
16Hubble 3D$46,956-15%170$2,762$32,344,848111Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Headhunters$43,013--4--$10,753$43,0131Magnolia Pictures
18Blue Like Jazz$37,163-72%46-80$808$551,7423Roadside Attractions
19Sound of My Voice$36,134--5--$7,227$36,1341Fox Searchlight
20A Separation$35,741-28%48-11$745$6,987,65718Sony Pictures Classics
21Under the Sea 3D$34,5834%16-1$2,161$31,278,412168Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Friends With Kids$31,583-55%53-30$596$7,154,9548Roadside Attractions
23The Artist$29,182-48%50-36$584$44,210,85723Weinstein Company
24The Woman in Black$28,552-40%63-27$453$54,322,27313CBS Films
25Touchback$26,392-55%28-41$943$183,3153Anchor Bay Films
26We Bought a Zoo$25,951-26%52-14$499$75,586,71019Fox
27Elles$24,286--6--$4,048$24,2861Kino Lorber
28Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$23,8794%12-1$1,990$5,388,9451033D Entertainment
29The Hunter (2012)$23,392-20%174$1,376$135,4364Magnolia Pictures
30A Simple Life$21,929-55%11-2$1,994$162,4723China Lion Film
31Casa de mi Padre$21,531-46%36-22$598$5,812,3107Lionsgate / Pantelion
32Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$19,660-17%27-5$728$43,430,96412Fox
33The Salt of Life$19,380-5%15-1$1,292$272,5669Zeitgeist Films
34Beauty and the Beast 3D$18,560-16%27-4$687$47,611,33116Disney
35Coriolanus$15,82950%140$1,131$707,28415Weinstein Company
36Red Tails$15,640-18%23-16$680$49,848,19415Fox
37Goon$15,572119%237$677$4,139,3055Magnolia / Magnet
38Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$14,618-59%39-42$375$34,876,48610Lionsgate
39Goodbye First Love$14,004-34%51$2,801$46,0142IFC Films
40We Need to Talk About Kevin$13,568-48%29-12$468$1,708,38021Oscilloscope
41In Darkness$13,511-49%32-9$422$1,024,29512Sony Pictures Classics
42Boy$13,28838%9-5$1,476$208,8159Paladin
43Silent House (2012)$12,323-71%22-37$560$12,750,8968Open Road
44Rampart$11,754268%1811$653$961,05912Millennium Entertainment
45Pina$11,440-12%111$1,040$3,504,36819IFC Films
46Undefeated$11,33810%203$567$519,65411Weinstein Company
47The Highest Pass$10,125--2--$5,063$10,1251Cinema Libre
48Turn Me On, Dammit!$9,01546%54$1,803$50,5855New Yorker Films
49Restless City$8,106--3--$2,702$8,1061AFFRM
50The Descendants$7,923-67%21-16$377$82,624,96124Fox Searchlight
51Albert Nobbs$7,13026%161$446$3,009,27614Roadside Attractions
52The Island President$6,275-4%53$1,255$64,0905IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53W.E.$6,245-41%10-5$625$576,02913Weinstein Company
54Inventing Our Life$6,193--1--$6,193$6,1931First Run Features
55Here$5,499--2--$2,750$17,4493Strand Releasing
56Thin Ice$5,368-21%9-2$596$780,48511IDP/ATO Pictures
57Deep Sea 3D$5,368-25%10$5,368$44,593,548322Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Whores' Glory$5,358--3--$1,786$5,3581Kino Lorber
59Gerhard Richter Painting$5,169-12%41$1,292$134,6097Kino Lorber
60War Horse$4,125-62%11-34$375$79,883,35919Disney / DreamWorks
61Hit So Hard$3,174--1--$3,174$15,3583Variance Films
62Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$2,610-60%5-1$522$34,6654Wrekin Hill Entertainment
63Natural Selection$2,5652211%21$1,283$35,3507Cinema Guild
64The Women on the 6th Floor$2,308-56%5-2$462$703,46630Strand Releasing
65The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$2,266--1--$2,266$15,4643Rialto
66Payback (2012)$2,186--1--$2,186$5,8541Zeitgeist Films
67The Fairy$2,16513%21$1,083$13,71610Kino Lorber
68The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$1,919553%54$384$44,68315First Run Features
69Jesus Henry Christ$1,442-82%30$481$12,2112Entertainment One Films
70Love in the Buff$1,346-16%2-2$673$254,7125China Lion Film
71A Dangerous Method$1,085-42%41$271$5,702,08323Sony Pictures Classics
72Free Men$1,008--1--$1,008$45,4337Film Movement
73Surviving Progress$853-91%2-4$427$23,1144First Run Features
74Keyhole$669829%10$669$12,9194Monterey Media
75Citizen Gangster$625--1--$625$6251IFC Films
76The Moth Diaries$445-80%1-1$445$3,8382IFC Films
77Attenberg$407-63%1-1$407$18,4318Strand Releasing
78Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$405-63%10$405$113,89217Cinema Guild
79On the Ice$360-68%10$360$70,52611PMK*BNC
80The FP$315239%21$158$39,7717Drafthouse Films
81Sing Your Song$225-55%10$225$44,89816S2BN Films
82Carnage (2011)$220-77%2-3$110$2,546,74720Sony Pictures Classics
83My Reincarnation$137-74%10$137$91,94427Long Shot Factory