Weekend BO Report: Disney Fails To Reach Number One As ‘M:I – Fallout’ Retains Top Spot

Written by Dapo Olowu

It promised to be a close weekend at the top of the charts, but ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ ended up well clear of the competition, grossing over $10m more than ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’ in second place. ‘Fallout’ posted $35.3m in its second weekend, just a mere drop of 42% from last week’s opening, for a domestic running total of $124.8m.

It’s the first time in the franchise where a second weekend has grossed over $30m domestically, and ‘Fallout’s good fortune continued overseas; a $76m take from 56 international countries ballooned its overseas total to a whopping $205m. The film lies just $3m short of being Paramount’s biggest film of the year after only 11 days of release, and will overtake ‘A Quiet Place’s worldwide total of $332.6m by the time you’ve finished reading this sentence.

Christopher Robin’s original estimates of around $30m proved to be quite bearish, as its actual $24.6m opening falls right in line with February’s ‘Peter Rabbit’. While the Winnie-the-Pooh adaptation had the slightly sweeter critical reception (68% vs. 63% on the Tomatometer, and an A vs. A- on Cinemascore), the sheer amount of competition this week limited the Disney film’s audience – and with a budget of $75m, ‘Christopher Robin’ will hope to better ‘Peter Rabbit’s $115.3m domestic gross, and at least mirror its $350.7m worldwide total.

One film that won’t get anywhere close to that number is action-comedy, ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’, starring Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, and Justin Theroux. The film, directed by Susanna Fogel and skewed heavily (62%) towards female viewers, failed to put up a fight with only $12.1m, just under our $14m Friday prediction.

The real story here, is its inflated $40m budget that would require well over a $100m gross for the film to break-even – a target that only one out-and-out comedy has managed this year (‘Game Night’ with $117.4m). It’s the same story with other comedies this year, with ‘Life of the Party’, and ‘I Feel Pretty’’s similar-sized budgets failing to set the Box Office alight. What ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ will hope for is to leg it out, as only ‘The Happytime Murders’, featuring Melissa McCarthy and coming out at the end of August, provides any R-rated comedy competition for Kunis & co.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ found its voice this week to earn $9.1m, leaving it just $9m away from reaching $100m domestically. Denzel Washington’s ‘The Equalizer 2’ grossed $8.8m, and is tracking at exactly the same pace as the first film, with $79.8m after the second weekend. Losing 850 cinemas, but still coasting along with a solid $8m this weekend, was ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’, coming in ahead of ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’s $6.4m.

If there was any hope for a YA dystopian revival, then Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s bomb ‘The Darkest Minds’ killed it off with just $5.8m off a $34m budget. Stars Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg, Bradley Whitford, and Gwendoline Christie couldn’t save this adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s popular book, which will be lucky to even finish at $20m domestically. Fox’s dreams of a potential sequel are now dashed, and they’ll want to save face in the ancillary markets of the Box Office, with any hopes to at least break-even resting on Blu-Ray and digital sales.

Disney’s ‘Incredibles 2’ will have no such worries, after earning $5m to close to in on that $600m domestic mark. The top ten is then rounded off by ‘Teen Titans Go! To The Movies’, losing its power with just $4.8m, as expected. Other wide releases, A24’s comedy-drama ‘Eighth Grade’ and Dinesh D’Souza’s controversial documentary ‘Death of a Nation’ battled for 12th and 13th place; ‘Eighth Grade’ earning $2.9m from 1,084 cinemas, while ‘DoaN’ made just $2.4m from 1,005.

How impressed are you with ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’s second weekend hold? Did Christopher Robin disappoint, or was it in-line with your expectations? Let us know your thoughts on Instagram and Twitter – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Predictions: Close Finishes Expected In This 5-Star Weekend

Written by Dapo Olowu

We may be cooling on the summer blockbusters, but that doesn’t stop the competition from hotting up, as five (yes, five) new films enter wide release in the U.S. this weekend. Leading the bunch is Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, and directed by ‘World War Z’ and ‘Finding Neverland’s Marc Forster. The comedy-drama follows Winnie-the-Pooh and friends teaming up with an older Christopher Robin, who has lost his sense of imagination.

While the film aims to please both critically and commercially, its middling reviews (60% on the Tomatometer coupled with a 59 Metascore) may see it open similarly to another ‘so-so’ animal-based CGI/live-action mix from earlier this year, ‘Peter Rabbit’. That opened to a solid, but unspectacular $25m back in February, alongside ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ and ‘The 15:17 to Paris’. Although the increased competition could be a hindrance, Disney’s brand power could see an opening for ‘Christopher Robin’ hit close to $28m.

This would mark McGregor’s 2nd biggest non-franchise opening, behind only 2005s ‘Robots’ ($36m). It won’t be enough for the top spot, however, as Christopher McQuarrie’s action-thriller ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ hopes to manage a drop under 50% for its second weekend, a feat that ‘Rogue Nation’ accomplished back in 2015. While ‘Fallout’ should earn just under $32m — to push it well over the $100m domestic mark and the $200m global total, the hope now is for its stellar reviews to help it leg out as the summer tentpole season comes to an end.

Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis team up for ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’, an R-rated action-comedy that hopes to better the former’s last effort, ‘Rough Night’, which opened to just $8m on its way to a $22.1m domestic gross and a $47.3m worldwide total. A 40% on the Tomatometer and having 4 other new films vying for a general audience could see this open to less than ‘Tag’, which earned $14.9m in its first 3 days just a month and a half ago. A $14m gross will be enough for third place, ahead of ‘The Darkest Minds’, which is caught in a tight battle with ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’.

It’s safe to say that the YA dystopian era of films has been left behind. While young adult movies are broad enough to encompass everything from ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, the YA dystopian genre peaked with ‘The Hunger Games’, fell with ‘The Divergent’ series, and finally ended this year with the last ‘Maze Runner’ film. This raises the question as to why Amandla Stenberg’s ‘The Darkest Minds’, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and featuring a group of teens with special powers running from the government, wasn’t released years ago.

Still, this is a Box Office article so I’ll leave the reviews to the better-equipped JUMPCUT team. It features a poor 39 Metascore, and just 15% on Rotten Tomatoes (with only 6 positive reviews), meaning I can’t even see this reaching the numbers of 2016s ‘The 5th Wave’ ($10.3m opening), let alone getting close to Stenberg’s biggest hit, ‘The Hunger Games’ ($152.5m opening). An $8.5m opening will just be enough to clear ‘Mamma Mia 2’, which should earn around $8.3m.

The Equalizer 2’ aims to stabilise this weekend after its 62% fall 7 days ago, to earn $7m, while ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ should reach $300m worldwide this weekend with a $6.5m domestic take. Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ finally opens in the U.K., which should pad its already-comfy $212.2m international gross., and in the U.S. it aims to earn $5m more to bring it closer to a $200m domestic total. Animation ‘Teen Titans Go! To The Movies’ looks to make around $5m too, and ‘Incredibles 2’, which recently became the fastest animated film to reach $1bn, will continue its journey with a $4m gross.

Finally, although both won’t reach the top ten, it’s a race for the better finish between the last two wide releases of the weekend, with A24s coming-of-age comedy-drama, ‘Eighth Grade’, boasting 98% on the Tomatometer, facing off against Dinesh D’Souza’s controversial documentary, ‘Death of a Nation’. ‘DoaN’, which aims to emulate ‘RBG’ and ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ by joining the club of successful 2018 documentaries, carries an impressive 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, and has been dubbed one of the worst films of the year. Still, this won’t stop it from beating out ‘Eighth Grade’s first-time director Bo Burnham, with a $3m gross compared to the latter’s $2.9m.

But what do you think? Will ‘Death of a Nation’ succeed? Will ‘Christopher Robin’ rise above ‘Mission: Impossible 6’? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Reel Women: August UK Releases

Written by Elena Morgan

Welcome back to Reel Women, a monthly feature where we highlight the films being released in the UK that are written and/or directed by women. What’s the perfect way to spend this ridiculously hot British summer we’re having? Spending time in an airconditioned cinema watching some films made by women of course! This August there’s something for everyone with documentaries, rom-coms and a couple of YA adaptations, proving that that genre is still here.

3 August

Damascus Cover
Directed by: Daniel Zelik Berk
Written by: Daniel Zelik Berk and Samantha Newton

A spy (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) struggles on an undercover mission in Syria when he falls in love.This is Samantha Newton’s first feature length writing credit. Trances, the short film she wrote, was shown at Berlinale in 2008.

Like Father
Directed by: Lauren Miller Rogen
Written by: Lauren Miller Rogen

When workaholic Rachel (Kristen Bell) is left at the altar, she accidentally goes on her honeymoon with her overachieving father (Kelsey Grammer) who suddenly came back into her life.

Lauren Miller Rogen is an actress who has appeared in films like Superbad and 50/50. This is her feature length directing and writing debut.

10 August

Dog Days
Directed by: Ken Marino
Written by: Elissa Matsueda and Erica Oyama

A group of interconnected people are brought together by their lovable dogs.

Dog Days is Elissa Matsueda’s fourth feature film. Erica Oyama is an actress, producer and writer who’s previously written episodes of The Eric Andre Show, Fresh Off the Boat and Burning Love, which she received an Emmy nomination for in 2013.

The Darkest Minds
Directed by: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Written by: Chad Hodge

Based on the book of the same name by Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds is about a group of teens with powers who fight back against the adults who fear them and want to control them.

This Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s first live-action film after previously directed Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3.

17 August

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Directed by: Susan Johnson
Written by: Sofia Alvarez

When Lara Jean (Lan Condor) gets a crush, the way she deals with it is to write the boy a love letter, but she never sends them. Then one day all her letters get sent out and they wreak havoc on her love life.

Susan Johnson’s is a producer and director, her previous film Carrie Pilby is currently on Netflix and is well worth a watch. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is Sofia Alvarez’s first film credit and has previously written episodes and worked as an executive story editor on the TV show Man Seeking Woman.

Distant Constellation
Directed by: Shevaun Mizrahi

A documentary about the inhabitants of a Turkish retirement home, telling anecdotes about their lives.

Distant Constellation is Shevaun Mizrahi first feature-length documentary, which she also edited, after previously working as a part of the camera and electrical department on multiple short films.

The Guardians
Directed by: Xavier Beauvois
Written by: Xavier Beauvois, Marie-Julie Maille and Frédérique Moreau

When war breaks out in France in 1915, the women are left behind to work on a family farm so that their loved ones will have something to come back to.

As well as writing The Guardians Marie-Julie Maille also edited it. She’s edited over a dozen short and feature-length films.

22 August

Load Wedding
Directed by: Nabeel Qureshi
Written By: Fizza Ali Meerza and Nabeel Qureshi

Load Wedding is a romantic social comedy starring Fahad Mustafa and Mehwish Hayat.

Fizza Ali Meerza also produced Load Wedding and it is her third produced screenplay.

The Spy Who Dumped Me
Directed by: Susanna Fogel
Written by: Susanna Fogel and David Iserson

Audrey (Mila Kunis) and her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon) get caught up in an international conspiracy when they discover that Audrey’s ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) is actually a spy.

Susanna Fogel is a writer, director and producer. The Spy Who Dumped Me is her second film.

24 August

One Note At A Time
Directed by: Renne Edwards

Documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and how musicians use music to try and piece themselves together.

One Note at a Time is Renee Edwards’ first feature-length documentary. She’s edited over twenty different films and TV shows including episodes of Dispatches and Panorama.


That’s 10 very different films released in the UK this month, both in cinemas and on Netflix, that are made by women. If you get the chance to see any of them, we’d love to hear what you think of them.