Weekend box office: Mission: Impossible – Fallout has the franchise’s biggest opening

As a huge fan of the Mission: Impossible franchise, I was going to see MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (click the link to read our review) no matter what and I was probably going to like it more than most, regardless of the outcome.  But even I was surprised by how much fun the nearly 2.5 hour film was and I left my early screening hoping that audiences would show up in theaters to witness the spectacle that Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie had put on.  It turns out the good word of mouth is working as audiences have made Fallout the number one movie in the world, boasting a series best $60 million opening at the weekend box office.  My guess is that number will go up a little since audiences are still raving about the film, but if it beats the $57 million from MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II, it will end up as the highest opening weekend ever for the franchise.  And it’s not just cleaning up stateside; the international opening is looking good to, proving once again that everyone loves Tom Cruise.

Next week sees the release of Disney’s take on CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, not to be confused with last year’s GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN.  Disney’s take will undoubtedly do better at the box office, but regardless, I don’t see it overtaking MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT.  The buzz around Fallout is too great and audiences are wowed by it, making it the first must-see movie of the year.  There are a couple other movies to make note of, including the comedy THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME and EIGHTH GRADE.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout $60m

2. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again $15.3m

3. Equalizer 2 $13.6m

4. Hotel Transylvania 3 $13.2m

5. Teen Titans Go! $10.7m

6. Ant-Man and the Wasp $9m

7. Incredibles 2 $7.7m

8. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $7.1m

9. Skyscraper $5.4m

10. The First Purge $2.7m


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