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, Dec. 27 - Sun, Dec. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$29,031,732-8%3,9280$7,391$189,501,2783Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$28,596,31946%3,335-205$8,575$248,117,7956Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$19,662,532-25%3,5070$5,607$83,179,5502Paramount
4American Hustle$18,718,811-2%2,5070$7,467$59,169,1643Sony / Columbia
5The Wolf of Wall Street$18,361,578--2,537--$7,238$34,153,1371Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$13,453,53344%2,1100$6,376$37,276,1503Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$12,765,508--2,909--$4,388$25,360,4681Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$10,061,47915%2,315-634$4,346$390,985,3226Lionsgate
947 Ronin$9,910,310--2,689--$3,686$20,612,5301Universal
10Walking With Dinosaurs$7,276,1723%3,24312$2,244$20,944,4782Fox
11Grudge Match$7,021,993--2,838--$2,474$13,140,2151Warner Bros.
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,887,194-18%1,788-406$3,852$43,206,2703Lionsgate
13Justin Bieber's Believe$2,007,567--1,037--$1,936$4,270,0671Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,240,7457566%975971$2,298$4,550,2135Weinstein Company
2Philomena$1,767,56046%727-11$2,431$16,444,9836Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$1,248,95815%16113$7,758$4,619,6734CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$1,068,141-69%220-19$4,855$6,817,7732Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$737,73131%250-60$2,951$5,711,5367Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$636,073-53%319-797$1,994$202,363,6108Disney
7The Book Thief$614,094-18%481-199$1,277$17,884,5868Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$509,53472%303-10$1,682$116,601,84714Sony / Columbia
9Gravity$508,15018%175-127$2,904$254,593,55413Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$372,9791%154-147$2,422$37,798,96311Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$278,692-27%124-206$2,248$15,730,4889Focus
12Ender's Game$270,481155%24962$1,086$61,170,5079Lionsgate / Summit
13Last Vegas$253,2401%221-112$1,146$62,693,0019CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$233,96021%257-21$910$101,263,07110Paramount
15Free Birds$226,884231%24359$934$54,434,9069Relativity Media
16The Best Man Holiday$216,680-45%120-231$1,806$70,249,9507Universal
17Captain Phillips$140,7990%111-61$1,268$104,568,72312Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$128,68531%165-32$780$367,736,34526Universal
19Delivery Man$119,803-75%136-527$881$29,647,3986Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$68,7577%107-31$643$24,956,83811Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$41,037-87%102-626$402$11,121,7884Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$649,673150%4741$13,823$1,541,9942Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$179,302--5--$35,860$179,3021Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$172,788316%10-2$17,279$41,870,622198Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Lone Survivor$90,872--2--$45,436$153,8391Universal
5The Great Beauty$70,1292%420$1,670$786,8607Janus Films
6All Is Lost$64,61133%67-16$964$5,947,56111Roadside Attractions
7Homefront$64,480-88%75-600$860$20,097,9285Open Road
8Personal Tailor$54,730-51%90$6,081$257,4522China Lion Film
9The Past$34,17417%52$6,835$88,1782Sony Pictures Classics
10The Invisible Woman$31,948--3--$10,649$53,0641Sony Pictures Classics
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$26,103-3%53-32$493$68,470,83021Fox
12Blue Is the Warmest Color$25,705-18%24-7$1,071$2,013,86810IFC Films
13Enough Said$24,039-1%27-15$890$17,454,74615Fox Searchlight
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$23,34251%34-9$687$116,170,29720Weinstein Company
15Kill Your Darlings$21,95811%288$784$950,00911Sony Pictures Classics
16Blue Jasmine$21,305-5%23-3$926$33,010,93123Sony Pictures Classics
17Journey to the South Pacific$19,598296%30$6,533$54,8835IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
18The Saratov Approach$17,35356%14-6$1,240$1,524,25012Purdie Distribution
19Space Station 3D$16,079-45%3-3$5,360$89,685,171611IMAX
20Black Nativity$11,944-66%24-39$498$7,000,8565Fox Searchlight
21The Christmas Candle$10,916-69%16-51$682$2,247,7717EchoLight Studios
22To the Arctic 3D$9,730211%80$1,216$13,725,14289Warner Bros. / IMAX
23The Armstrong Lie$7,970-2%14-2$569$331,7948Sony Pictures Classics
24Deep Sea 3D$7,542217%1-1$7,542$46,014,615409Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Under the Sea 3D$7,178161%3-2$2,393$33,698,877255Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$7,17781%135$552$123,3576IFC Films
27Wadjda$7,13013%161$446$1,394,99016Sony Pictures Classics
28The Counselor$6,106-1%240$254$16,949,81410Fox
29Bettie Page Reveals All$5,640--5--$1,128$73,3726Music Box Films
30Oldboy (2013)$4,921123%210$234$2,189,1825FilmDistrict
3120 Feet from Stardom$4,86967%8-2$609$4,814,54329RADiUS-TWC
32The Family (2013)$4,444-12%290$153$36,910,65616Relativity Media
33Don Jon$4,060-66%31-1$131$24,468,31414Relativity Media
34Born to Be Wild 3D$3,7873165%40$947$23,117,555143Warner Bros. / IMAX
35The Punk Singer$3,592-7%10-5$359$108,2895IFC Films
36I Am Divine$2,796--4--$699$60,00312The Film Collaborative
37Muscle Shoals$2,4486%7-2$350$666,86214Magnolia Pictures
38Austenland$2,351168%50$470$2,155,33420Sony Pictures Classics
39Maidentrip$1,80411%10$1,804$4,2162First Run Features
40Inequality for All$1,349283%1-1$1,349$1,192,34114RADiUS-TWC
41The Selfish Giant$1,288-50%31$429$6,1642IFC Films
42The Act of Killing$1,1135%20$557$459,06124Drafthouse Films
43Here Comes the Devil$60436%21$302$2,6983Magnolia / Magnet
44The Last Days on Mars$49865%10$498$22,3144Magnolia / Magnet