Weekend BO Report: ‘The Meg’ Lands With A Splash To Finish First

Written by Dapo Olowu

It was a mega weekend for some in the U.S. Box Office, as Jason Statham-led shark horror, ‘The Meg’, blew all prior estimates and predictions out the water, delivering a meaty $45.4m from its first 3 days. With most industry trackers forecasting an opening in the low-20s, it ended up being a timely reminder of just the sheer popularity of sharks among cinemagoers; Sony’s ‘The Shallows’ made a whopping $119.1m worldwide in 2016, and last year’s ’47 Meters Down’ impressed with a $61.7m global total, off just a $5.5m budget.

The Meg’ is now Warner Bros. biggest domestic opening of the year, beating out the $41.8m earned by Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ in March – which had the added benefit of being based of a book that wasn’t 21 years old. Add in the fact that the film also earned roughly $101.5m from 42 countries for a global opening of $146.9m, and it’s a truly staggering start for the joint-Chinese production.

The film, that marks Jason Statham’s biggest non-franchise (‘The Fast and Furious’ films) opening, now aims to keep up its run in the coming weeks. An opening weekend multiplier like ‘Rampage’s of 2.78x has ‘The Meg’ finishing in the region of $126m, truly a remarkable total.

The Meg’s over-performance meant that last weekend’s leading movie, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, was hit harder than expected, dropping by 45% to earn $19.4m – tracking $3m above the franchise’s biggest domestic hit, ‘Mission: Impossible 2’, at the same stage of its run, with $161.3m. Although it doesn’t open in China until the end of the month, ‘Fallout’s already on $436.9m worldwide, with more than enough in the tank to near ‘Rogue Nation’s $682.7m total.

Next is ‘Disney’s Christopher Robin’, which brought in a disappointing $13m, a 47% fall from its opening last weekend. This was a shade above ‘Slender Man’s impressive $11.3m, even in the wake of its D- on Cinemascore (the 2nd-lowest grade to get). It’s a solid opening from a $10m budget, but it’s expected to fall off a cliff in coming weeks with such a poor critical reception, alongside the lingering effects of the tragic events in 2014 (where two friends stabbed a 12-year-old girl in an attempt to impress the eponymous title character) that continues to provide negative PR.

Still, it marginally beat Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’, that saw $10.8m grossed by an audience made up of mainly over-25s (77%) and males (56%). From just 1,500 cinemas, the film was Lee’s biggest opening in 12 years, since 2006s ‘Inside Man’ made $29m. The A- on Cinemascore should see the crime drama leg out for the rest of August. The same can’t be said for ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, which earned just $6.5m in its second weekend for a domestic total of $24.4m thus far. Its inflated $40m budget means this is a guaranteed flop, along with other comedy misfires of the year, ‘Life of the Party’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ saw the smallest drop of the weekend, with 35%, to earn $5.9m. Its domestic total now stands at an impressive $103.9m, and its global gross at $282m. This was closely followed by ‘The Equalizer 2’ with $5.4m, ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ with $5.2m, and finally ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ with $4.1m.

With ‘The Meg’ surprising everybody this weekend in the Box Office, has this been the biggest shock of the summer so far? Let us know your thoughts on Instagram and Twitter – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Predictions: ‘The Meg’ Swims To First Place Ahead Of ‘M:I Fallout’

Written by Dapo Olowu

Giant sharks, supernatural creepypasta, and the Ku Klux Klan. It’s a weird and wonderful weekend of film for U.S. audiences, and the Box Office shouldn’t disappoint either, as four wide releases look to enter the top ten biggest grossers. The hunt will be led by ‘The Meg’, the sci-fi-horror, action, adventure, thriller(?) about the endeavors to stop a Megalodon shark from causing chaos on a beach. The film stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, and Ruby Rose.

The joint-Chinese production was originally meant to be Disney’s, who bought the rights to the 1997 book ‘Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror’, but by 2015 it was owned by Warner Bros, who will benefit from a higher financial return from its Chinese gross.

This is especially welcomed news; the film should make a huge splash with international audiences, and like monster film ‘Rampage’ from April, its middling reviews (48% on the Tomatometer) won’t give it much bite in the U.S. Unlike ‘Rampage’, it doesn’t have the star power of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and with more competition, it won’t emulate ‘Rampage’s $35.8m either, but will likely open at around $25m.

Still, this’ll be enough to top the charts and swim above ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, which continues to hold impressively as the days go by. In its third weekend, the Tom Cruise-fronted spy-thriller looks to earn just under $24m, and aims to reach close to $170m by day 17 of its release – around $15m more than its nearest franchise competitor, ‘Mission: Impossible II’.

Disney’s Christopher Robin’ is next, and it should benefit from having limited Box Office competition, to gross close to $15m. Trailing in its wake is horror, ‘Slenderman’, based on a near-decade old meme about the ‘Slender Man’, a supernatural being characterized by incredibly long, slim limbs, and lack of facial features.

Why Sony Pictures are releasing the film now is a mystery; like last week’s ‘The Darkest Minds’, its popularity peaked years ago, and there’s a sense of missed opportunity with this late entrance. A 13% on Rotten Tomatoes could mean the writing’s already on the wall, but as with a lot of youth-aimed recent horrors, poor ratings doesn’t always equal a poor Box Office showing.

Lead actress Joey King’s (‘The Kissing Booth’) last horror, ‘Wish Upon’, opened in a similar number of cinemas with $5.5m and a similar gross could be in store, but we’re placing our bets on it making something like 2017s ‘The Bye Bye Man’s $13.5m, with a $10m opening.

Now here’s a tricky one: Spike Lee’s first wide release ‘joint’ in 10 years, ‘BlacKkKlansman’. Opening in just 1,500 cinemas but with 98% on the Tomatometer, it’s one of the best reviewed films of the year, but it’s tiny theatre account offsets a potential breakout opening. Its unflinching subject matter – a black policeman infiltrating the KKK – is both controversial and appealing, and we just can’t tell what this’ll do.

The film stars John David Washington as the aforementioned detective Ron Stallworth, as well as Topher Grace, Adam Driver, and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Laura Harrier. Per-cinema-averages on other biographical crime dramas, like ‘Black Mass’ ($7,100) and ‘Molly’s Game’ ($4,264), leave the film earning anywhere between $6.4m and $10.7m. An average gives us around $8.5m, but the hype train could push this to potentially over $10m, so who knows?

In its second weekend, ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ will earn roughly $6m, just above ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ with $5.7m, and ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ with $5.5m. Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Equalizer 2’ should hit the $90m domestic total, with a $5m take.

Coming in at number 10 is ‘Dog Days’, the romantic family comedy directed by Ken Marino. It includes a pretty packed cast, with Eva Longoria, Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, and Finn Wolfhard starring in the film that was released on Wednesday. Its Wednesday gross of $635k drastically reduced my original 3-day weekend estimates, as this should just manage to scrape in over ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ with $4.5m.

In a tight weekend across the chart, will we see ‘The Meg’ top the list, or will it be a weekend hattrick at number one for ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’? Let us know your thoughts, we’re on Instagram and Twitter at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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The Equalizer 2

Year: 2018
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman

Written by Tom Sheffield

Full disclosure before I start this review, I only watched The Equalizer for the first time a few hours before heading to the cinema for an early screening of this sequel. I really have no excuse as to why it took me so long, I’d only ever heard good things about it and now I can see why! It’s safe to say that I was well and truly ready for the sequel once it had finished and I had high hopes for it seeing as Denzel agreed to return for his first ever sequel.

Following his killing spree in the first film, Robert McCall (Washington) is now a Lyft driver in Massachusetts and lives in a small complex. McCall spends his days listening and talking to passengers, and by night he helps out the less fortunate as a righteous vigilante. After his closest friend is murdered, McCall makes it his personal mission to find those who killed her and deliver his own justice. The incoming hurricane isn’t the only storm brewing…

Much like the first film, the plot is very slow paced. Clocking in at just over two hours long, the first half of the film is spent focusing on McCall’s day job and the people he meets. We are also introduced to McCall’s neighbour, Miles (Sanders), who is a young and talented artist who has taken a wrong turn in life following the death of his brother. McCall takes Miles under his wing to help steer him on to the right path, and it’s this unexpected friendship that is a strong focus in the first half of the film. Once McCall learns of the death of his best friend the pedal hits the metal and McCall’s ferocious revenge begins.

Denzel yet again manages to completely embody the character of McCall. We didn’t learn all that much about his character in the first film, but this sequel gives us a little more insight into his mysterious past and also shows us a more fatherly-figure side to him. We know he’s a very protective person, but his relationship with Miles allows us to see a deeper side to him. Ashton Sanders delivers a solid offering as troubled teenager Miles. We learn about his background during his conversations with McCall, and we witness the struggles and dangers Miles puts himself in as he continues to make the wrong decisions in life. Pedro Pascal is a fantastic addition to this sequel, but the less said about his character in this review the better the film will be for you!

Oliver Wood, who’s previous cinematography work includes the Bourne series, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and Safe House, has delivered some career-best work here. Fuqua and Wood have paid close attention to each shot, but there’s one shot in particular that revolves around McCall’s car that I had to restrain myself from punching the air because it was so quick and so smooth that when it’s available on home release I will be going straight to that scene to watch again and again. If you’ve seen it, or will be seeing it, you’ll know instantly which scene I am referring to.

Antoine Fuqua has managed to re-capture a lot of what I loved about the first film without making it feel like a copy and paste job. With the slow-motion ‘situation assessing’ shots and the brutal justice McCall serves, all it felt like the film was missing was Batman’s cape and cowl. Denzel putting on the batsuit really wouldn’t have felt out of place in this film – and I mean this is a sincere compliment. Whilst it takes a while for the action to kick off, the wait feels worth it as once it starts it rarely stops to let you breathe.

With some incredible action set pieces that rival the bloody killing spree in the first film, The Equalizer 2 proves itself a worthy sequel (even if a plot point or two are incredibly cliché and predictable). Denzel is on form once again, delivering both really touching moments and brutal fight scenes that will make you think twice about ever messing with him. Unlike most films these days, The Equalizer 2 doesn’t end with some sequel baiting tease and if this is the last time we see McCall it will be a fitting farewell, but something tells me that more of McCall’s past could come back to haunt him and we could be blessed with an Equalizer trilogy.

 

Tom’s Rating: 

4.5

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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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 ‘Action Point’, ‘Sherlock Gnomes’, and critical darling ‘Annihilation’, but also releasing Box Office bombshells, ‘A Quiet Place’ (6th biggest horror movie of all time) and leggy rom-com, ‘Book Club’. The introduction of ‘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 ‘MI2’ was evident; ‘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 ‘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 ‘War of the Worlds’ ($64.9m). Globally, ‘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, ‘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 ‘The Equalizer 2’, which was hit hard by ‘Fallout’, resulting in a 61% drop. ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ earned $12.3m and is now just $50m away from franchise-best ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’s domestic total of $169.7m.

If ‘Fallout’ was a success, then ‘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 ‘HT3’ and record-breaking ‘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 ‘Teen Titans’ becoming the first superhero movie since ‘Fan4stic’ not to debut at number one. The film that did sit atop the charts back then, in August 2015? ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’.

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). ‘Incredibles 2’ is now just under $1m away from reaching $1bn globally, after earning $7.3m this weekend in the U.S., while ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ made $6.7m. Finally, ‘Skyscraper’ and ‘The First Purge’ round off the top ten with $5.3m and $2.2m alike.

So, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ reached the $60m mark, but ‘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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Weekend BO Predictions: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ To Cruise To A Franchise Best Opening

Written by Dapo Olowu

The last weekend in July sees Tom Cruise’s first film in a year, ‘Mission: Impossible  – Fallout’, come up against a nice dose of counter-programming in ‘Teen Titans Go! To The Movies’. While it’s inevitable that ‘MI6’ will cruise to a win against the animated comedy (and to first place this weekend), the real question is, what will this film open to?

After the semi-death of the ‘Transformers’ franchise last summer (although its reboot this December may mean there’s life in it yet), Paramount’s only real profit-churning franchise is the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series. They’re a group of films that have all increased steadily in budget with each sequel, but have opened to a high of just $57.8m, achieved 18 years ago with ‘MI2’. The same film earned the franchise’s biggest domestic gross of $215.4m, while Brad Bird’s 2011 release ‘Ghost Protocol’ made $694.7m worldwide — the highest to date.

Now, with a production cost of at least $180m (Cruise’s injury actually ballooned the budget to well over $200m, but an insurance payout deflated this), ‘MI6’ needs to be the franchises big breakout, and boy do they deserve it. ‘MI6’ is coming after two films with a 93% rating on the Tomatometer, and its own 98% (and 86 on Metacritic) means it’s supposedly the best yet.

‘MI6’ sees Cruise back as the iconic Ethan Hunt; alongside Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon Pegg, we see Angela Bassett and Henry Cavill added to the Impossible Mission’s Force — and, hopefully, we’ll also see it becoming the first film to do the impossible and open to over $60m. We’re foreseeing a $63m gross, which’ll serve as Cruise’s second biggest opening, just behind ‘War of the Worlds’ in 2005 ($64.9m).

It’ll be another second place finish for ‘Mamma Mia 2’, as it aims for a similar drop to 2012s ‘Les Miserables’, to bring in around $20.6m. Just behind will be one of 3 animations in the top ten, ‘Teen Titans Go!’, which proved quite difficult to predict. Based on the TV show, and starring beloved superheroes like Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Nicholas Cage (!) as Batman, this could go as high as ‘The Lego Movie’ ($69.1m), or as low as, well, anything. Its 88% on the Tomatometer hints towards the former and a $10m budget means a small opening may not spell trouble, but it’s most likely that these young bucks will fight their way to a $20m opening.

After the shock debut of Denzel Washington’s ‘The Equalizer 2’ last week, it’ll be back to normal in the next 3 days with a 50%+ drop, to post just under $17m. The introduction of ‘Teen Titans Go!’ may lead to some audience crossover with ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’, but the latter should hold strong to earn over $14m, clear of ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’s $10.4m. The MCU sequel will pass the domestic gross of 2015s ‘Ant-Man’ this weekend and could even pass the entire worldwide gross of Disney flop ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, if its international markets perform well.

Incredibles 2’ will continue its superb run as it closes in on the $1bn worldwide mark with over $8m this weekend, just ahead of ‘Jurassic World 2’ with $7.5m. Finally, ‘Skyscraper’ and ‘The First Purge’ round off the top ten, looking to gross $5.7m and $2.5m each.

Is ‘Teen Titans Go!’ to become a hit like ‘The LEGO Movie’? Will ‘MI6hit that magical $60m mark, or will it fall just short like the rest? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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Weekend BO Report: ‘The Equalizer 2’ Guns Down The Competition In A Tight Finish

Written by Dapo Olowu

It’s weekends like these that remind me why I love the Box Office. Just when you thought ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’ would dance away with the number one spot, it was Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Equalizer 2’ that had the last laugh — earning $36m in its opening weekend, just $1m above ‘Mamma Mia 2’s $35m. ‘E2’, Denzel Washington’s first ever sequel, went into Saturday $1m below MM2’ but had the benefit of not being as front-loaded, with Friday making up just 37% of its weekend gross (compared to ‘MM2’s 41%). This may be down to ‘MM2’s skewed opening audience (83% women) but nevertheless, it’s a solid start for both.

The opening of ‘E2’ marks Denzel Washington’s 3rd biggest ever, behind 2007s ‘American Gangster’ ($43.6m) and 2012s ‘Safe House’ ($40.2m); it’s also Antoine Fuqua’s biggest, beating another Denzel-collab, 2016s ‘The Magnificent Seven’ ($34.7m). Meanwhile, ‘MM2’s officially the third biggest musical opening of all time, just ahead of ‘Enchanted’ ($34.4m), and although the film probably won’t reach a 5.19x opening weekend multiplier like ‘MM’ did in 2008, a strong finish is still expected. The musical also opened to $42.4m overseas, including $13m from the U.K.

On a studio level, this marks a second consecutive weekend at the top for Sony, whose last double triumph was back in January, when ‘Jumanji 2’ brought in the new year at number one for three straight weeks. Looking forward to next weekend, Sony would be lucky to remain in the top 3, with the introduction of Tom Cruise’s ‘MI6: Fallout’ and DC animation, ‘Teen Titans Go! To The Movies’.

On the topic of Sony, ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ had the biggest 2nd week drop in the franchise, falling nearly 50% to post a $23.8m gross. It’s already made $208.1m worldwide since its release, marking a very prosperous few weeks for the company who’ve had a mixed year so far. In fourth place was ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ earning a solid $16.5m to leave it $15m shy (in just its 3rd weekend) of equalling the $180.2m domestic total made by ‘Ant-Man’ 3 years ago.

With the smallest drop of the weekend, ‘Incredibles 2’s $11.9m gross (a fall of just 27%) leaves it under $50m away from being the 3rd film of the year to reach $600m in the U.S., and just $60m away from making $1bn worldwide. The Rock’s ‘Skyscraper’ only just made it past ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’, making $11.4m compared to ‘JW2’s $11.3m. Although the former was able to open in China to $47m (during the Chinese cinema’s Hollywood blackout period, too), this still won’t be enough to save it from being a flop.

Horror, ‘The First Purge’, produced no shocks, earning in-line with our expectations ($5.1m), while BH Tilt’s ‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ grossed just $3.7m from 1,546 cinemas. Finally, Boots Riley’s ‘Sorry to Bother You’ added nearly 250 cinemas to its roster, but couldn’t improve its total from last week, finishing with just $2.9m.

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