"Mission: Impossible - Fallout" Rescues a Franchise Best with a $61.5 Million Opening

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This past weekend saw Paramount Pictures’’ “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” surpassing franchise box office records with critical appreciation. The film scored a $61.5 million opening, Tom Cruise’s second largest opening in his long and illustrious career. Warner Bros’ “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” fell short of expectations, and the weekend itself was up by approximately 6% from 2017. 

“Mission: Impossible - Fallout” fell short of expectations, but manage to squeak out the franchise’s largest three-day opening weekend, topping the $57.8 million opening of “M:I 2” from 2000. Tom Cruise neared his 2005 “War of the Worlds” record of $64.8 million, but should be satisfied with the victory nonetheless, as will Paramount which scored their largest opening weekend since 2014’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” 

With the strong critical appreciation with a 98% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com, a 4/4 grade from Rogerebert.com, and a 3/4 grade from us here at Flickcrave.com, there should be no shortage of legs to be found with this film. Add in the franchise-best “A” Cinemascore from an audience that was 55% male and 45% female according to Cinemascore’s data, and you can expect that this spy thriller of an action film may have a long, successful road ahead of itself.  Most likely surpassing the $195 million run by “Rogue Nation,” “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” might stride it's way to a top 10 summer box office finish when its all said and done. 

Internationally, “Fallout” is looking to surpass the two past $700 million global performances with a $92 million opening from 36 markets. The most prosperous of those markets being South Korea which accounted for $24.6 million of that foreign cume, the film is still set to open in France, Australia, Japan, and Germany next weekend, and Italy and China will follow over the next few weeks. 

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In second place was Universal’s “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” which dropped by a hefty 57% from last weekend’s successful opening that resulted in a $15 million gross, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $70 million. A big drop that looks to have quieted the Abba rhythms of last weekend, the dance partner from previous weekend in “The Equalizer 2” also experienced some heavy drops. 61% down from the successful number one spot from a weekend ago, “The Equalizer 2” scored $14 million,  adding to a domestic total that is now just shy of $65 million. 

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“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” joined the pivotal drops of the summer with a $12.3 million opening that will push its domestic gross just shy of $120 million, and “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” was the biggest slump of the weekend, falling well under the mid-teens expectations with a $10.5 million opening. DC’s animated heroes struggle to gain the traction needed, but with a $10 million budget, the blow of the weekend should be softened. 

Elsewhere in the top ten, you can find “Ant-Man and the Wasp” which scored an additional $8.4 million to push it's domestic cume to $183.2 million, becoming the 16th largest release in the MCU, domestically. 

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Disney also occupied a seventh-place spot with Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” which has now surpassed the $575 million mark in domestic markets and continues to build the $1 billion worldwide mark, which would make this the 36th film to reach that spot, and the fourth Pixar movie of the group as well. 

Smaller budget movies like A24’s “Eighth Grade” delivered a strong weekend with $1.3 million for an $8,339 per theater average, and Lionsgate’s “Blindspotting” wasn’t far behind with $1.3 million from 532 locations, pushing their domestic cume to $1.79 million. 

Next weekend will see another Disney release with “Christopher Robin” and Lionsgate’s star-studded, R rated, action comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” might provide some stiff competition, but the return of Winnie the Pooh is sure to fill up the theater seats.