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Mission Impossible tops the box office in its opening weekend

by Sean P. Aune | August 3, 2015August 3, 2015 8:00 am PDT

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Nearly two decades since the original installment, the Mission: Impossible series is still pulling people into theater seats.

1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth installment in the series, is off to a good start with $56 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend and another $65 million in foreign ticket sales. This brings it to $121 million off of its $150 million dollar budget. With Cruise saying that a sixth film could begin filming as soon as next summer, it seems the series isn’t going anywhere for some time yet.

2. Vacation

The newest film in the Vacation series took in $14.85 million over the weekend to land in second place, but it actually opened on Wednesday and now has a cumulative total of $21.17 million. Not a great start, and word of mouth doesn’t look promising at this time.

3. Ant-Man

Ant-Man took third place in its third weekend with $12.61 million. That makes its U.S. total $132.14 million and its global take $291.64 million off of a $130 million dollar budget. Using the “twice the budget” rule of thumb to determine a movie being profitable, Marvel has lost no money, but it isn’t rolling in profits either.

4. Minions

Minions took in $12.2 million this weekend and has hit $287.39 million in the U.S. and $854.69 million around the world. Seeing as the budget is reported to have been $74 million, Universale has to be pleased with how this film has been performing. One has to wonder if a Minions 2 will happen in addition to Despicable Me 3 at this point.

5. Pixels

Pixels took a massive hit in its second weekend seeing a drop-off of 56.7 percent from its opening weekend to take in $10.4 million. This puts its domestic total at $45.6 million off of a $88 million dollar budget. It’s global total stands at $102.11 million, so it still has a ways to go to hit profitability.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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