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, Dec. 20 - Sun, Dec. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$31,505,278-57%3,92825$8,021$127,550,6952Warner Bros. / New Line
2Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$26,232,425--3,507--$7,480$39,456,0681Paramount
3Frozen (2013)$19,642,107-13%3,540-176$5,549$192,034,1175Disney
4American Hustle$19,106,9332480%2,5072501$7,621$20,220,3012Sony / Columbia
5Saving Mr. Banks$9,344,3812161%2,1102095$4,429$9,969,8672Disney
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$8,764,479-36%2,949-614$2,972$371,718,2755Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$8,384,980-48%2,1940$3,822$28,155,2572Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$7,091,938--3,231--$2,195$7,091,9381Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$1,341,763-52%1,116-1148$1,202$200,779,8717Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$3,423,508--239--$14,324$3,423,5081Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$1,210,637-33%738-97$1,640$13,322,1895Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$1,081,364203%148133$7,307$2,132,5143CBS Films
4The Book Thief$753,408-57%680-478$1,108$16,596,9977Fox
5Nebraska$565,103-38%31060$1,823$4,370,4696Paramount Vantage
6Homefront$526,672-69%675-1427$780$19,783,7774Open Road
7Delivery Man$486,339-75%663-1378$734$29,279,2255Disney / DreamWorks
8Gravity$431,497-42%302-201$1,429$253,567,28212Warner Bros.
9The Best Man Holiday$393,120-63%351-571$1,120$69,794,4356Universal
10Dallas Buyers Club$382,846-67%330-244$1,160$15,156,1228Focus
1112 Years a Slave$370,090-49%301-196$1,230$37,080,31610Fox Searchlight
12Out of the Furnace$327,165-87%728-1373$449$10,928,3053Relativity Media
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$296,419191%313138$947$115,740,19613Sony / Columbia
14Last Vegas$251,084-59%333-393$754$62,244,7658CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$193,165-28%278-178$695$100,850,0519Paramount
16Captain Phillips$140,388-52%172-151$816$104,287,64011Sony / Columbia
17Ender's Game$106,077-50%187-144$567$60,724,6538Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$98,505-32%197-26$500$367,504,16025Universal
19Free Birds$68,631-32%184-99$373$54,090,4648Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$64,032-32%138-29$464$24,834,08210Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$260,382--6--$43,397$364,6401Warner Bros.
2Personal Tailor$112,224--9--$12,469$112,2241China Lion Film
3The Great Beauty$68,428-21%424$1,629$650,9466Janus Films
4All Is Lost$48,545-70%83-180$585$5,840,56910Roadside Attractions
5Hubble 3D$41,55390%12-2$3,463$41,605,388197Warner Bros. / IMAX
6About Time$41,225-57%97-46$425$15,294,5538Universal
7The Christmas Candle$35,554-61%67-123$531$2,209,4796EchoLight Studios
8Black Nativity$34,933-76%63-197$554$6,967,5034Fox Searchlight
9Blue Is the Warmest Color$31,169-49%31-27$1,005$1,962,1029IFC Films
10The Past$29,270--3--$9,757$29,2701Sony Pictures Classics
11Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$29,231-17%40$7,308$292,9934Weinstein Company
12Space Station 3D$29,06880%61$4,845$89,625,010610IMAX
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$26,854-40%85-38$316$68,419,95020Fox
14Enough Said$24,262-45%42-30$578$17,409,12514Fox Searchlight
15Blue Jasmine$22,420-78%26-276$862$32,971,78222Sony Pictures Classics
16Kill Your Darlings$19,790-31%20-20$990$913,48110Sony Pictures Classics
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,412-41%43-18$358$116,129,27519Weinstein Company
18Don Jon$12,084-62%32-60$378$24,456,51313Relativity Media
19The Saratov Approach$11,143-8%20-1$557$1,485,23411Purdie Distribution
20The Armstrong Lie$8,118-73%16-30$507$316,9767Sony Pictures Classics
21Wadjda$6,289-45%15-4$419$1,380,90215Sony Pictures Classics
22The Counselor$6,181-62%24-36$258$16,940,0729Fox
23Go for Sisters$5,114--6--$852$55,9637Variance Films
24The Family (2013)$5,033-65%29-27$174$36,901,97215Relativity Media
25Journey to the South Pacific$4,94599%32$1,648$25,9724IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
26Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$3,955-64%8-7$494$112,7625IFC Films
27The Punk Singer$3,868-65%15-5$258$101,6774IFC Films
28Breakfast with Curtis$3,142--2--$1,571$6,6293Abramorama / Bond 360
29To the Arctic 3D$3,128-51%80$391$13,709,64388Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Narco Cultura$3,109-86%7-22$444$144,4055Cinedigm
3120 Feet from Stardom$2,916-76%10-22$292$4,804,15028RADiUS-TWC
32Under the Sea 3D$2,751113%5-1$550$33,689,732254Warner Bros. / IMAX
33The Selfish Giant$2,589--2--$1,295$2,5891IFC Films
34Deep Sea 3D$2,37619%20$1,188$46,002,555408Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Muscle Shoals$2,306-44%9-2$256$663,06513Magnolia Pictures
36Oldboy (2013)$2,208-93%21-130$105$2,181,2904FilmDistrict
37God Loves Uganda$2,041--2--$1,021$47,99111Variance Films
38Maidentrip$1,622--1--$1,622$1,6221First Run Features
39Faust$1,54531%3-2$515$39,5856Leisure Time Features
40Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,260-59%2-3$630$24,2418International Film Circuit
41The Act of Killing$1,058-80%2-3$529$457,94823Drafthouse Films
42Austenland$877-69%5-7$175$2,151,20219Sony Pictures Classics
43When Comedy Went to School$602252%1-1$602$232,01521International Film Circuit
44Here Comes the Devil$444-43%1-1$444$1,9322Magnolia / Magnet
45Terms and Conditions May Apply$410--1--$410$55,59424Variance Films
46Inequality for All$352-87%2-9$176$1,190,95013RADiUS-TWC
47The Last Days on Mars$302-96%1-12$302$21,6073Magnolia / Magnet
48Born to Be Wild 3D$116-48%40$29$23,112,144142Warner Bros. / IMAX