Weekend BO Report: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Delivers Franchise-Best Opening As Other Films Fall Out Of Love

Written by Dapo Olowu

It’s been a mixed year for Paramount Studios so far, with the studio delivering Box Office flops in Johnny Knoxville’s β€˜Action Point’, β€˜Sherlock Gnomes’, and critical darling β€˜Annihilation’, but also releasing Box Office bombshells, β€˜A Quiet Place’ (6th biggest horror movie of all time) and leggy rom-com, β€˜Book Club’. The introduction of β€˜Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, starring Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon Pegg, makes it an even split in the disappointments vs. successes battle, as its $61.2m opening means it’s not only the studios biggest opening of the year, but the franchise’s biggest too.

The potential for this to beat the $57.8m of β€˜MI2’ was evident; β€˜Fallout’s franchise-best 98% on the Tomatometer was coupled by an A on Cinemascore, the only time the series has bettered an A-. Its gender-split of 55% male was an improvement on the more skewed audience profile of β€˜Rogue Nation’s opening and, although the opening itself is only the 8th biggest of the year so far, it marks Tom Cruise’s 2nd best – just behind 2005s β€˜War of the Worlds’ ($64.9m). Globally, β€˜Fallout’ has hit $155.8m off a $178m budget, a fantastic start for the star-studded action-thriller.

In one of the biggest drops of the weekend, β€˜Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ made just $15.1m (-57%) in a classic case of sequel-itis. The seemingly front-loaded musical now sits on a strong $70.5m in the U.S., and a whopping $167.9m worldwide, after just 2 weekends in release. Blasting in with $14m is β€˜The Equalizer 2’, which was hit hard by β€˜Fallout’, resulting in a 61% drop. β€˜Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ earned $12.3m and is now just $50m away from franchise-best β€˜Hotel Transylvania 2’s domestic total of $169.7m.

If β€˜Fallout’ was a success, then β€˜Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ was the opposite, pulling in just $10.4m in its first 3 days (although its $10m budget means Warner Bros. won’t lose too much sleep over it). The issue here was two-fold: there were already two major animated films out this week, in β€˜HT3’ and record-breaking β€˜Incredibles 2’, and the film has a very specific audience (i.e. fans of the TV show) – making this a tight squeeze. What this resulted in was β€˜Teen Titans’ becoming the first superhero movie since β€˜Fan4stic’ not to debut at number one. The film that did sit atop the charts back then, in August 2015? β€˜Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’.

β€˜Ant-Man and The Wasp’ continues to fly high, earning $8.8m to close in on the $200m domestic mark, and it is currently just $4m away from $400m worldwide (without China, Japan, Germany, or the U.K., mind you). β€˜Incredibles 2’ is now just under $1m away from reaching $1bn globally, after earning $7.3m this weekend in the U.S., while β€˜Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ made $6.7m. Finally, β€˜Skyscraper’ and β€˜The First Purge’ round off the top ten with $5.3m and $2.2m alike.

So, β€˜Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ reached the $60m mark, but β€˜Teen Titans Go! To The Movies’ disappointed in a weekend with big weekend drops. What were you expecting? Let us know your thoughts on Instagram and Twitter – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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