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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Mar. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$2,031,50017%3,49020$582$82,169,5092Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,587,4072%3,95117$402$66,935,8512Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Need For Speed$1,541,76726%3,115--$495$20,611,6341Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$1,066,30524%3,18370$335$70,730,9753Universal
5The LEGO Movie$663,6158%3,040-250$218$238,205,3226Warner Bros.
6Son of God$587,78726%2,990-281$197$52,057,0863Fox
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$543,43522%1,896--$287$9,064,5811Lionsgate
8The Monuments Men$241,9799%1,594-407$152$74,346,3386Sony / Columbia
93 Days to Kill$205,82914%1,566-782$131$28,849,6744Relativity Media
10Frozen (2013)$174,058-11%1,466-194$119$396,755,78617Disney
11Ride Along$112,6405%1,024-299$110$132,318,9209Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$156,10129%925-140$169$55,367,91122Fox Searchlight
2Veronica Mars$107,58510%291--$370$2,193,7981Warner Bros.
3RoboCop (2014)$97,80815%965-749$101$56,708,0595Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$86,80638%671-987$129$22,565,5704Sony / TriStar
5About Last Night$72,35311%624-450$116$47,953,4595Sony / Screen Gems
6Philomena$68,47623%502-168$136$36,775,42117Weinstein Company
7American Hustle$64,40315%503-102$128$149,472,08214Sony / Columbia
8The Wind Rises$55,73021%305-191$183$4,382,3974Disney
9Gravity$54,45113%320-64$170$272,774,85124Warner Bros.
10The Nut Job$51,35729%405-85$127$62,182,0449Open Road
11The Wolf of Wall Street$44,71321%286-73$156$116,426,63012Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$44,04327%281-31$157$26,851,18120Focus
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$27,63024%277-56$100$257,855,59614Warner Bros. / New Line
14Lone Survivor$26,86013%316-156$85$124,623,11112Universal
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$22,02318%268135$82$424,379,89417Lionsgate
16That Awkward Moment$20,56181%122-66$169$25,876,1287Focus
17Her (2013)$20,03639%121-34$166$25,274,54613Warner Bros.
18August: Osage County$17,25611%2037$85$37,506,64012Weinstein Company
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$16,72913%15245$110$50,312,3879Paramount
20Endless Love (2014)$13,90543%278-258$50$23,417,4005Universal
21Repentance$10,4826%126-31$83$1,137,7583Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
22Nebraska$10,232-12%120-60$85$17,636,55118Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$370,5287%6662$5,614$5,494,8272Fox Searchlight
2Gloria (2014)$10,67529%75-1$142$1,923,8338Roadside Attractions
3Bad Words$9,56112%6--$1,594$131,4361Focus
4Stalingrad (2014)$6,23336%70-73$89$971,0323Sony / Columbia
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$6,20131%88-45$70$58,125,64012Fox
6The Art of the Steal (2014)$5,07730%60--$85$48,9831RADiUS-TWC
7Walking With Dinosaurs$4,86732%98-66$50$35,990,31213Fox
8I, Frankenstein$4,47226%76-16$59$19,067,0368Lionsgate
9Winter's Tale$3,4593%50-32$69$12,513,1325Warner Bros.
10The Book Thief$3,190-20%47-2$68$21,408,54819Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,63023%50-254$53$127,348,45013Paramount
12Ernest & Celestine$2,582-34%93$287$77,9273GKIDS
13Labor Day (2013)$2,53912%42-42$60$13,367,1247Paramount
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,535120%23-19$67$8,309,46516Weinstein Company
15Free Birds$83921%32-42$26$55,749,25620Relativity Media
16Vampire Academy$318-12%12-20$27$7,759,7386Weinstein Company