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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Denzel Washington Starts Tying Up Loose Ends In The First ‘Equalizer 2’ Trailer

“Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?”

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman,  Melissa Leo

Release Date: July 20th, 2018

The Equalizer 2 Confirmed

Sony have confirmed that the ‘The Equalizer 2’ will be released on 29 September 2017, with Denzel Washington almost certain to return as protagonist Robert McCall. Washington is currently working with director Antoine Fuqua again on ‘The Magnificent Seven’, but there has been no news on whether Fuqua will be directing a second neo-noir thriller.

‘The Equalizer’ grossed $192.3 million worldwide after its September 2014 release, although it received fairly mixed reviews from the critics. The public, on the other hand, clearly voted with their feet for this über violent vigilante film.
Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

The Magnificent Seven Cast Takes Shape

This is the second remake of Akira Kurasawa’s 1954 film ‘Seven Samurai’ but Hollywood just can’t leave it alone. The John Sturges version of 1960 was packed with big stars, and that’s exactly what MGM are lining up for the January 2017 release of this gritty Western.

Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) will be meeting some familiar faces on set including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Luke Grimes and Matt Bomer. True Detective writer and producer Nic Pizzolata has been a part of the mix so perhaps this remake of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ will cross creepy with the unforgiving.

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz