Weekend box office: Fantastic Four and Mission Impossible battle for the top spot

FANTASTIC FOUR might be one of the best movie case studies in recent memory.  It’s not uncommon for a movie to have drama behind the scenes, but with all of the success Marvel and Warner Bros., we haven’t heard much about drama and definitely not someone speaking out against their film like Josh Trank has with F4.  So either things were really bad on the set or Disney and WB are better at keeping things quiet.  Either way, the result is a disappointing showing at the weekend box office, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.  The movie is barely flirting with $30 million and may not be able to dethrone MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION.  So go ahead and let the Fantastic Four going back to Marvel rumors get started.  The other new movies of the week were also disappointing, with none of them able to make a dent.  The best of the bunch was THE GIFT, which had an all-star cast acting outside their comfort zone, but it was good enough for about $10 million.

Next week should be an interesting weekend.  We get the Henry Cavill and Army Hammer starring THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., which looks and feels like a summer blockbuster, but for some reason has zero appeal.  Then we also get the NWA biopic STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, which is getting great critical reviews and seems to be a movie people want to see.  With that in mind, I’m guessing STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON is going to take the top spot at the weekend box office since MI5 won’t pull in $30m in its third weekend and F4 will probably drop like a rock.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation $29.1m

2. Fantastic Four $28.2m

3. The Gift $10.8m

4. Minions $8.8m

5. Ant-Man $8.3m

6. Vacation $8.1m

7. Ricki and the Flash $7.5m

8. Trainwreck $6.1m

9. Pixels $5.4m

10. Southpaw $4.4m

(Deadline)

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