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.
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.
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.
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.
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.