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 Thu, Dec. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,523,77113%3,92825$2,679$160,469,5462Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$9,108,70343%3,335-280$2,731$219,521,4765Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$7,363,835-9%3,50757$2,100$63,517,0181Paramount
4The Wolf of Wall Street$6,641,180-27%2,537--$2,618$15,791,5590Paramount
5American Hustle$6,368,347-14%2,5072501$2,540$40,450,3532Sony / Columbia
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,781,588-39%2,909--$1,644$12,594,9600Fox
7Saving Mr. Banks$4,676,863-9%2,1102095$2,217$23,822,6172Disney
847 Ronin$3,670,485-48%2,689--$1,365$10,702,2200Universal
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,039,83220%2,305-1258$1,319$380,923,8435Lionsgate
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,229,608-25%1,803-391$1,237$36,319,0762Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$2,160,738-45%2,838--$761$6,118,2220Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$2,142,24124%3,231--$663$13,668,3061Fox
13Justin Bieber's Believe$1,012,500-19%1,037--$976$2,262,5000Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$752,800-40%975971$772$2,309,4684Weinstein Company
2Philomena$475,24014%727-108$654$14,677,4235Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$369,940-18%160145$2,312$3,370,7153CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$363,431-58%239--$1,521$5,749,6321Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$191,484-1%2500$766$4,973,8056Paramount Vantage
6The Book Thief$176,63913%463-524$382$17,270,4927Fox
7Thor: The Dark World$168,91512%319-1604$530$201,727,5377Disney
8Gravity$139,0012%175-328$794$254,085,40412Warner Bros.
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$130,50783%303128$431$116,092,31313Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$102,87321%147-267$700$37,425,98410Fox Searchlight
11Ender's Game$75,43648%236-95$320$60,900,0268Lionsgate / Summit
12Dallas Buyers Club$74,2677%137-341$542$15,451,7968Focus
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$60,8857%257-199$237$101,029,1119Paramount
14Last Vegas$58,70924%221-505$266$62,439,7618CBS Films
15The Best Man Holiday$53,9601%195-475$277$70,033,2706Universal
16Free Birds$51,47569%243-40$212$54,208,0228Relativity Media
17Captain Phillips$40,82520%111-212$368$104,427,92411Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$34,12570%175-37$195$367,607,66025Universal
19Delivery Man$30,526-1%136-1366$224$29,527,5955Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$17,208-3%110-57$156$24,888,08110Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$11,9993%102-1999$118$11,080,7513Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$166,988-36%4741$3,553$892,3211Warner Bros.
2Lone Survivor$26,125-29%2--$13,063$62,9670Universal
3Homefront$16,487-35%75-1175$220$20,033,4484Open Road
4All Is Lost$14,96741%83-180$180$5,882,95010Roadside Attractions
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,18444%85-38$96$68,444,72720Fox
6About Time$8,10371%73-47$111$15,322,9218Universal
7Enough Said$8,06630%42-30$192$17,430,70714Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,05556%34-27$208$116,146,95519Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$3,58438%63-83$57$6,988,9124Fox Searchlight
10Don Jon$1,8811%31-61$61$24,464,25413Relativity Media
11The Family (2013)$1,199-5%29-27$41$36,906,21215Relativity Media
12Oldboy (2013)$890-7%21-130$42$2,184,2614FilmDistrict