There was a definite upset at the box office this weekend as Mission: Impossible held on to the top spot despite the release of the latest take on the Fantastic Four.
1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth installment in the series, ended up winning its second weekend with only a 47 percent drop in business. The Tom Cruise action film took in $29.4 million for a new domestic total of $108.6 million and its global total now stands at $265.35 million.
2. Fantastic Four
Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four came in well under estimates with just $26.2 million at the domestic box office. It was also beaten internationally in many markets to take in a fairly low $34.1 million for a global total of $60.3 million off of a $120 budget. Every indication seems to be this film will indeed end up in the “flop” category at the end of the year which makes you wonder how many more times Fox will try to make this work.
3. The Gift
The Gift was a bit of a surprise this weekend making it into third place with $12 million off of a $5 million dollar budget. Seeing as it only played on 1,648 screens – a wide release is 2,000 or more – that’s a healthy haul for the thriller.
The latest film in the Vacation series isn’t setting the box office on fire, but it’s doing decently. Any time a film drops less than 50 percent in its second weekend that’s a good sign, and Vacation dropped only 37.7 percent to take in $9.14 million for a new domestic total of $37.3 million.
Ant-Man took fifth place this weekend with $7.82 million. That makes its U.S. total $147.43 million and its global take $326.33 million off of a $130 million dollar budget. Using the “twice the budget” rule of thumb to determine a movie being profitable, Marvel’s fortunes when it comes to Ant-Man are definitely improving..