A hefty title for a weekend full of shortcomings, Wakandian accolades, and the vigorous running legs of Tom Cruise, as the fastest man alive and his fellow co-stars, including Henry Cavill’s mustache, find themselves at the number one spot two weeks in a row. The franchise of spy cliches and five stars set pieces finds itself with a $35 million follow-up to their $61 million opening a week ago, a 42% drop off, approximately.
The film itself has been received well as we mentioned last week, but audiences seem to dig the motorcycle chases and continued involvement of nuclear threats as well, providing their hard earned money for a second week in a row as the film’s domestic cume now stands just shy of $125 million. The international markets flourished as well, bringing an estimated $76 million from 56 markets, including 20 new opening amongst those markets. Now standing at $205 million in it's foreign gross, “Fallout” is expanding and conquering as one of the summer’s best action flicks extended to $329.5 million global tally, 21% ahead of “Rogue Nation” and quickly closing in on “Ghost Protocols” $694 million.
Coming up short of first place is Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” falling short of expectations with a $25 million opening in a little over 3,600 locations. A slight improvement over the $21.5 million opening of “Pete’s Dragon,” but a stumble for the most successful studio in the industry, struggling to make it's homegrown features sound as essentially must watch features as that of their Marvel or Lucasfilm counterparts. An “A” Cinemascore and a relatively positive response from critics, including a 2.5/4 rating from us here at Flick Crave, the film has a following behind it, but the marketing seems to have fallen short of spreading the word of Pooh’s big return.
Internationally, “Christopher Robin” delivered in 18 markets with $4.8 million total, with Mexico accounting for $1.4 million of that gross from 15% of the worldwide marketplace. The silly old bear will need some more honey to get him out of this sticky start, as in the third place we find “The Spy Who Dumped Me” which debuted with $12.35 million opening. With a reported budget of $40 million, the film is off to a slow start itself, meandering like Pooh through hundred acre wood.
Receiving a “B” Cinemascore, a lack of approval from critics with the Tomatometer standing at 39% Rotten, and our review bringing a low rating as well with 1.5/4 stars, the film seems to have a lack of approval behind it. But with a 62% Female lead audience, next weekend will determine the legs behind the stumbling spy-comedy that seems to be in need of a bit more dumb luck than its characters are given within the story told by Susanna Fogel and David Iserson.
In fourth place belonged to the musical led sequel in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” which fell by an additional 40% from last weekend with a $9 million follow-up in its third weekend. The domestic total now resides at the $91 million mark, and the foreign markets carried the duets to $139.2 million as it opened in seven new markets, pushing its global tally into the ballpark of $230 million.
Rounding out the top five is Denzel Washington’s comic book-style shoot em’ up “The Equalizer 2” which fell an additional 37% from a week ago, bringing in a mere $8.7 million over the weekend. The domestic cume now pushes itself towards the $80 million range, as the film continues to play in a mere 11 markets in international markets.
Below the top five, you can find Bo Burnham’s and A24’s “Eighth Grade” opening in nationwide format to a $2.87 million weekend, and Fox’s teenage melodrama “The Darkest Minds” debuting in over 3,100 theaters with an abysmal $5.8 million tenure over the weekend. International markets didn’t fare any better as the 37 markets produced a combined $4.8 million, which makes the $34 million seem like a tough hill to climb.
A film that climbed an historic mountain over the weekend was the Wakandian native “Black Panther,” surpassing the historic $700 million stamp, joining the two other state-based phenomenons in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($936.6m) and “Avatar” ($760.5m). The Wakandian king seems to have conquered the feat that “The Avengers,” “Civil War,” and any DC film seemingly have been unable to overcome, another trophy to add to the king’s collection as the phenomenon of “Wakanda Forever” rolls on.
The year rolls on as well, with a 15% increase over the twenty year low of August 2017. The upcoming weekend looks favorable as well with Spike Lee’s expressionistic and downright aggressive “BlacKkKlansman” readies itself for a nationwide release, a film that is sure to spark some kind of outrage from fans of “Death of a Nation,” which sadly arrived into 1,005 locations over the weekend. Hopefully, it goes away silently, while Lee’s voice out shouts anyone who is apart of that ignorant camp of thought.
Blockbuster markets will see a new friend as well as “The MEG” swims into theaters and our “JAWS That Made The MEG Series” reaches it's finale this week with reviews for both “JAWS 3” and “JAWS 4.” The slenderest of monsters reveals his plain face to audiences, as Screen Gems’ “Slender Man” arrives in what could be a sleeper hit in the making. With the backing of both the video game culture and recent horrific tragedies, “Slender Man” like “The MEG” may be our story of the rant next week, we’ll have to wait and see.