Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box Office Results: Mission: Impossible - Fallout Hangs on to Top Spot

Plus, Christopher Robin leads batch of underperforming newcomers on the weekend of August 3-5.

by | August 5, 2018 | Comments

The word is out: Mission: Impossible – Fallout is pretty awesome, according to 97% of reviewers at Rotten Tomatoes and the moviegoers who spent roughly 28% of all the money in the Top Ten this weekend. Despite Disney’s best efforts, the charms of Kate McKinnon, a presumably built-in young adult fanbase, and some politically charged filmmaking, Christopher McQuarrie’s second entry into the franchise handily took the #1 slot for the second weekend in a row.

King of the Crop: Christopher Robin Underperforms in Debut

Walt Disney Studios

(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)

Disney’s Christopher Robin was the best of the newbies this weekend with a $25 million haul, falling below the $30 million that many had predicted for it. Perhaps the studio scared off some interest with an unusually late embargo (9 PM on Thursday) that left many wondering what they were so worried about. They still managed to get 68% in positive notices here on Rotten Tomatoes, but they are more interested in the numbers coming out of everyone’s wallets. Robin’s 3-day weekend nearly bested the entire $26.6 million take that Disney’s animated Winnie the Pooh made in July 2011, but here’s how its opening stacks up against Disney’s other PG-rated live-action films since 2000:

Maleficent ($69.4 million), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ($65.5), Tomorrowland ($33.0), G-Force ($31.7), Alice Through the Looking Glass ($26.8), Christopher Robin ($25.0), Freaky Friday ($22.2), Inspector Gadget ($21.8), Pete’s Dragon ($21.5), The BFG ($18.5)

There isn’t much to glean off that list except to know that, from Tomorrowland down, only G-Force and Freaky Friday reached the $100 million mark. Going further down the rabbit hole, you would find both George of the Jungle and Phenomenon also reached that milestone with even lower openings. Plus, there’s the fact that unless Alpha strikes a chord with family audiences, there is nothing even resembling entertainment for the entire brood until WB’s animated Smallfoot on Sept. 28. So a small drop next week could keep it on a long-term path to $100 million. Though the film’s budget has gone unreported, Disney will have to earn back its money without the help of China, where the film has been banned, as Pooh Bear has become a symbol of resistance against its Communist government.

Rotten Returns: Dark Minds and Dead Nations Barely Produce $8 Million Together

20th Century Fox, Quality Flix

(Photo by 20th Century Fox, Quality Flix)

Two films whose titles could just as easily be swapped did not impress anyone this weekend. Fox’s The Darkest Minds, about a nationwide dystopia, and the pro-Trump documentary Death of a Nation, from the mind of convicted (then pardoned) felon Dinesh D’Souza, put up paltry numbers. The former, a $34 million-budgeted young adult adaptation that earned an 18% on the Tomatometer and sought to fill the void from Fox’s delayed The Predator (which originally was scheduled to open this weekend), made just $5.8 million. That is less than The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures, and Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant made during their opening weekends.

As for D’Souza’s latest piece of poorly-concluded propaganda, Donald Trump Jr. may endorse it, but not a single critic has — at least not the ten who have posted reviews here, anyway. D’Souza expects and feeds off that, so let’s look at the money. His three previous films are indeed among the Top 25 highest-grossing documentaries ever. 2016: Obama’s America released in 2012 and is the fifth highest-grossing ever, grossing $33.4 million and making $6.5 million of that in the 7th weekend when it expanded to 1,091 theaters. His 2014 effort, simply titled America, grossed $2.7 million in its 1,105-theater expansion during weekend two and earned $14.4 million overall. 2016’s Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (which D’Souza credits as helping to get Trump elected in the new film) made $3.9 million when it moved into 1,217 theaters, but it was his lowest-grossing film to date with $13 million (still pretty good for a doc.) 

Death of a Nation made its debut in 1,005 theaters and grossed $2.3 million. By comparison this summer, the Mr. Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor made $2.4 and $2.5 million (in 654 & 893 theaters, respectively) in its fourth and fifth weekends. (It is roughly $500,000 away from surpassing the grosses of Bowling For Columbine, which in 2002 was the highest-grossing doc ever. It now ranks 12th.) And the Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc, RBG, never cracked more than 432 theaters but has grossed over $13.4 million. Three Identical Strangers has also made $8.4 million to date in no more than 433 theaters.

Beyond (and Within) the Top Ten

Eighth Grade (A24)

(Photo by A24)

A24 gave Eighth Grade (Certified Fresh at 98%) its largest expansion to date into 1,084 theaters, though it did not crack the Top Ten as many had hoped. It did gross $2.87 million, bringing its total to $6.5 million. That is roughly on par (in its fourth weekend) to what Sorry To Bother You grossed in its expansion to 1,050 theaters in its third week ($2.86.) Lionsgate did not expand Blindspotting at all, keeping it in 523 theaters, and it grossed just $660,000 for a total of $3.1 million. Lionsgate also released this weekend’s The Spy Who Dumped Me (37%), which, with just $12.3 million, could not match the summer openings of the studio’s Uncle Drew ($15.2 million) and Overboard ($14.7 million).

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is currently $13 million ahead of where the second (and highest-grossing) film of the franchise was after ten days. Its international total has risen to over $329 million. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is about $4 million ahead of the original’s pace but made nearly $4 million less in its third weekend. Its worldwide total has surpassed $230 million. Equalizer 2 is virtually even with where the original was at this point as it continues to hope to reach $100 million. Hotel Transylvania 3 is within just $400,000 of the second film’s haul in its fourth weekend but is already below what it made in its fifth weekend; it has passed $338 million worldwide. Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp is poised to pass the $200 million mark domestically next weekend and has made over $426 million worldwide, but it still needs at least somewhere around another $30 million just to match the most conservative estimate of its overall budget ($80 million on the high end). Incredibles 2 has nothing to worry about in that regard as, this week, it became the 36th film to pass the billion dollar mark and is settling in to be the ninth-highest grossing domestic film of all time. Finally, congratulations to Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther for reaching the $700 million milestone in domestic box office, joining only Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar.

This Time Last Year: The Dark Tower Received Darker Numbers

(Photo by Sony Pictures)

The long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower arrived with a thud with both audiences and critics. Despite opening at #1 with $19.1 million (just beating Dunkirk’s third weekend) the film made just $50.7 million overall and earned just a 16% with critics, making it one of the worst-reviewed films of Summer 2017 along with Transformers: The Last Knight, Wish Upon, The Mummy, The Nut Job 2, and The Emoji Movie. Halle Berry’s Kidnap finally opened after many delays and eventually tripled its opening to just over $30 million total. Overall, the Top Ten made just $105.4 million and averaged 64% on the Tomatometer. In 2018 the weekend generated an estimated $120.3 million and an average 67.9% rating.

On the Vine: A Giant Shark and a Slender Man Vie for Your Attention

(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

It has taken years for the project to make it to the big screen, but the giant underwater beast at the heart of The Meg will take a shot at upsetting Fallout’s shot at a three-peat. Only Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War have pulled off that feat in 2018. Horror fans will be subjected to the Slender Man. Surprisingly not a Blumhouse production taking on another real-life tragedy for cheap thrills, the film nevertheless is hoping for Blumhouse-like profits. Finally, Spike Lee gets his widest release since 2008’s Miracle at St. Anna and, currently, the highest (feature narrative) Tomatometer score of his career at 96% (Do the Right Thing is 93% with just 68 reviews posted) with BlacKkKlansman.

The Full Top 10: August 3-August 5

  1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout  $35 million ($124.4 million total)
  2. Christopher Robin — $25 million ($25 million total)
  3. The Spy Who Dumped Me — $12.3 million ($12.3 million total)
  4. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – $9 million ($91.3 million total)
  5. Equalizer 2 – $8.8 million ($79.8 million total)
  6. Hotel Transylvania 3  $8.2 million ($136.4 million total)
  7. Ant-Man and the Wasp – $6.1 million ($195.4 million total)
  8. The Darkest Minds — $5.8 million ($5.8 million total)
  9. Incredibles 2 – $5 million ($583.1 million total)
  10. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies – $4.8 million ($20.7 million total)

Erik Childress can be heard each week evaluating box office on WGN Radio with Nick Digilio as well as on Business First AM with Angela Miles and his Movie Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]

Tag Cloud

Awards Tour universal monsters GoT Pop TV 72 Emmy Awards CW Seed ABC Family mockumentary halloween tv 2016 Rock child's play 2020 Best and Worst indie teaser comic Apple TV Plus Netflix Christmas movies Winners See It Skip It E3 psychological thriller Mudbound BET Awards Ghostbusters chucky FX on Hulu LGBTQ USA Network twilight black ratings nbcuniversal Disney Plus films screenings Year in Review vampires Sundance asian-american halloween joker Mary Tyler Moore Holidays concert cancelled Nickelodeon TV renewals ID crime obituary remakes Mary Poppins Returns San Diego Comic-Con mission: impossible cars CBS All Access 2019 TIFF Lionsgate FXX directors war disaster latino SXSW 2015 OWN spanish dragons cancelled TV series politics Disney theme song New York Comic Con Dark Horse Comics comic books TCA renewed TV shows Interview period drama VH1 sports 007 HBO Max Teen cinemax Election golden globes finale Drama Opinion christmas movies hispanic TCA Winter 2020 laika name the review Kids & Family italian adaptation Black Mirror comedies Box Office romantic comedy PBS diversity stoner best PlayStation ITV historical drama toy story travel HBO Go Crackle DC Comics sitcom APB Starz Podcast Writers Guild of America Holiday documentary Superheroe Nat Geo Bravo Academy Awards dc Paramount Network doctor who Logo australia fast and furious police drama free movies Food Network The Purge Brie Larson nfl First Reviews ABC NBC streaming Turner Classic Movies Marathons Reality Competition Valentine's Day TLC HBO Shondaland deadpool YA BAFTA X-Men composers crime drama worst movies Oscars A&E Countdown Spectrum Originals Rom-Com Tubi james bond Marvel A24 witnail Disney Channel Freeform Premiere Dates Netflix Masterpiece werewolf Black History Month Comedy Sneak Peek Emmy Nominations Cosplay Fox Searchlight documentaries talk show 2018 Ellie Kemper Musical Sci-Fi reviews Trivia Captain marvel MTV boxoffice Apple TV+ E! Marvel Studios worst Showtime Pirates screen actors guild science fiction Comic Book children's TV canceled TV shows Film Festival AMC Esquire Polls and Games Rocketman canceled Photos blaxploitation parents political drama Ovation Lucasfilm Arrowverse medical drama Adult Swim NYCC 20th Century Fox WarnerMedia anime natural history Funimation Marvel Television SDCC foreign Chernobyl slashers VOD video on demand 2017 Star Wars true crime TBS spider-man rt archives all-time Pixar Summer Pride Month Rocky singing competition a nightmare on elm street what to watch toronto Amazon Prime Video Warner Bros. space dark USA 21st Century Fox facebook cats Classic Film Quiz video rotten Television Academy Vudu BBC Christmas french Schedule RT History justice league animated Acorn TV hist FOX technology American Society of Cinematographers GIFs unscripted Mary poppins Baby Yoda WGN Reality Disney streaming service Travel Channel zombie Mindy Kaling comiccon Comics on TV BBC America cancelled television Crunchyroll Endgame SundanceTV FX miniseries Set visit Extras kids Infographic Spring TV Epix thriller cults Amazon Prime Cartoon Network venice Hallmark archives tv talk DC streaming service Family OneApp DC Universe movie harry potter mutant Super Bowl biography elevated horror MSNBC movies YouTube Red Mystery Emmys quibi Trailer zombies Hulu Star Trek Television Critics Association indiana jones CBS aliens ESPN discovery TCA Awards Avengers Syfy Film Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt robots social media 71st Emmy Awards spain die hard green book news critics cartoon President romance serial killer 24 frames based on movie Sony Pictures Tumblr Apple First Look Discovery Channel Country Hear Us Out Lifetime Christmas movies football Calendar cancelled TV shows Pop Action The CW comics Winter TV zero dark thirty versus TV Land Awards emmy awards LGBT sequel festival scary movies Amazon criterion The Arrangement TV Amazon Studios Turner book franchise Stephen King BBC One DGA psycho YouTube rotten movies we love batman YouTube Premium The Witch south america japanese RT21 Walt Disney Pictures Creative Arts Emmys MCU stand-up comedy Watching Series Pet Sematary cops Western Britbox Lifetime Spike Fantasy 4/20 IFC ghosts spinoff festivals game of thrones Chilling Adventures of Sabrina dramedy Grammys IFC Films Musicals Tomatazos reboot CMT richard e. Grant game show Biopics revenge nature adventure spy thriller VICE Nominations Universal Elton John TCA 2017 cooking PaleyFest Binge Guide spanish language stop motion binge Anna Paquin superhero transformers Sundance Now scorecard series Cannes sequels jamie lee curtis Women's History Month Tarantino television History TNT Music dceu docudrama Song of Ice and Fire casting Thanksgiving DirecTV award winner Disney+ Disney Plus crossover Toys TruTV Martial Arts Red Carpet anthology Certified Fresh Sundance TV National Geographic Heroines Animation dogs Horror TCM Trophy Talk independent satire Shudder Video Games The Academy Paramount Comedy Central crime thriller hollywood strong female leads Character Guide Columbia Pictures breaking bad blockbuster Fall TV GLAAD Fox News El Rey 45 supernatural classics Peacock Hallmark Christmas movies The Walking Dead BET CNN sag awards Superheroes