Mission: Impossible – Fallout holds on to #1 spot at Box Office
The well-reviewed Mission: Impossible – Fallout managed to hold off competition from Winnie the Pooh to top the box office for a second weekend in a row as it took in an estimated $35 million from 4395 theaters to earn $124 million so far domestically. It also took in $76 million internationally, so the worldwide cume for the Tom Cruise sixquel currently stands at $329 million. Fallout co-stars Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin.
Disney’s Christopher Robin failed to give Ethan Hunt a run for his money as the family film debuted below expectations with an estimated $25 million from 3,602 locations, with only $4.8 million overseas. The Ewan McGregor-led film featuring Winnie the Pooh & friends earned an “A” CinemaScore from audiences which could bode well for its longevity, although it will not be able to rely on Chinese audiences as China has banned the film from release in their country.
Lionsgate’s Mila Kunis/Kate McKinnon action comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me also fell just shy of expectations with a $12.35 million haul for a third place debut. Also starring in the comedy are Outlander’s Sam Heughan, Justin Theroux, Gillian Anderson, Hasan Minhai, and Ivanna Sakhno. Susanna Fogel directs from a script she co-wrote with David Iserson.
In its third week in release Universal’s sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again earned $9 million, taking its domestic total past $91 million. Internationally the musical earned $19.3 million for an international take of $139.2 million for a global tally of $230 million, which means the film is still a long ways away from reaching the original’s heights of $609 million worldwide. Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski and Dominic Cooper star.
Sony’s Denzel Washington sequel The Equalizer 2 held firm in fifth place with $8.8 million, for a domestic total within range of $80 million. Although it might be difficult, that puts it in line to potentially match the original 2014 Equalizer‘s $101 million domestic gross. Frequent Washington collaborator Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Magnificent Seven) returned to direct the sequel.
Sony’s animated Adam Sandler threequel Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation took $8.2 million in its 4th weekend for a $136 million domestic gross and $338 million worldwide. This looks to be on par with the first Hotel Transylvania, which took in $148 million in 2012, while Hotel Transylvania 2 brought $169 million to the table in 2015.
Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp brought in close to $6.2 million for seventh place, taking its domestic total to $195 million while its worldwide stands at $426 million. Peyton Reed’s sequel to his original Ant-Man has already surpassed the first movie’s domestic take of $180 million, although its worldwide total is so far short of the 2015 film’s $519 million. The solo hero movie stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, T.I., Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Douglas.
In other Marvel news, the studio’s February release Black Panther reached a huge milestone this weekend. Despite only grossing $35,000 from 25 locations, that was enough to take director Ryan Coogler’s landmark superhero film over the $700 million mark, making it only the third film ever to reach that number domestically behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.6 million) and Avatar ($760.5 million). Although Black Panther‘s $1.3 billion global take is far behind Avengers: Infinity War‘s $2 billion cume, Panther has amazingly surpassed Infinity War‘s domestic take of $678 million, and with the third Avengers film only taking in $240,000 this weekend from around 200 locations it will be pretty much impossible for the threequel to match Coogler’s film.
Back in the top ten, 20th Century Fox’s The Darkest Minds made a poor bow in eighth place with $5.8 million, making it the 11th worst opening ever for a film debuting in 3000+ locations. The $34 million dollar film fared badly on the international scene as well, taking in only $4.1 million in 37 markets, while reviews were also punishing with a 19% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg and Bradley Whitford star in the live-action debut of Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
Two animated superhero movies rounded out the top ten, with Pixar’s Incredibles 2 taking another $5 million to add to its incredible $583 million domestic total, while Warner Bros. Animation’s Teen Titans Go! To the Movies brought in another $4.8 million for a $20 million domestic take. Incredibles also surpassed the $1 billion mark internationally earlier this week.