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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Dec. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,069,091-19%4,046-20$264$250,457,9003Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$567,704-17%3,4400$165$58,178,8852Disney
3Hugo$513,578-23%1,840563$279$26,823,7702Paramount
4Immortals$412,170-17%2,627-50$157$76,991,5884Relativity Media
5Arthur Christmas$380,698-11%3,3760$113$26,480,6502Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$332,087-17%3,536-75$94$52,751,0773Warner Bros.
7Jack and Jill$303,939-19%3,04920$100$65,127,3974Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$276,460-15%2,404-70$115$71,463,0055Universal
9J. Edgar$249,493-13%1,98575$126$33,328,1824Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$171,054-17%2,750-255$62$140,062,8186Paramount / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$59,071-9%1,004817$59$73,963,81011Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$55,090-12%1,016857$54$40,291,7819Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$378,813-19%574141$660$18,874,3213Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$116,294-16%2440$477$4,225,7772Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$100,692-18%710-165$142$33,405,3265Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$49,775-18%421-36$118$36,008,5266Fox
5Courageous$27,395-2%26554$103$33,114,55110Sony / TriStar
6Like Crazy$26,384-4%1522$174$2,950,5756Paramount Vantage
7The Way$22,408-9%16059$140$3,689,2929Producers Distribution Agency
8Margin Call$19,664-27%15111$130$4,748,0007Roadside Attractions
9Dolphin Tale$19,586-20%410194$48$70,778,54611Warner Bros.
1050/50$15,617-11%196-14$80$34,806,90410Summit
11Footloose (2011)$10,701-3%309-75$35$51,062,0068Paramount
12Paranormal Activity 3$10,540-3%255-100$41$103,475,0517Paramount
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$10,043-31%208-16$48$20,129,6697Summit
14Anonymous$9,075-4%10533$86$4,421,3156Sony / Columbia
15Abduction$6,727-12%151-12$45$27,988,29611Lionsgate
16Contagion$6,175-9%155-63$40$75,584,91913Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$32,888-25%10--$3,289$465,5551Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$23,1224%62$3,854$567,7802Weinstein Company
3Martha Marcy May Marlene$9,95811%84-29$119$2,759,6457Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$9,753-45%490$199$14,598,36835Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Drive (2011)$7,292-12%86-7$85$34,621,10112FilmDistrict
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$6,3979%245$267$173,2762Warner Bros.
7Pastorela$6,0448%55--$110$100,8101Lionsgate / Pantelion
8The Rum Diary$5,558-10%639$88$13,035,4746FilmDistrict
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,2599%84-19$51$176,658,00318Fox
10Answers to Nothing$1,062-53%21--$51$19,2501Roadside Attractions
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$55017%31-17$18$38,530,03716Weinstein Company
12Inni$403-38%3-2$134$111,4026Cinema Purgatorio
13Sarah's Key$36612%7-20$52$7,692,70520Weinstein Company
14Laugh at My Pain$98-35%51$20$7,704,85413CodeBlack Entertainment