Weekend box office: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation easily beats Vacation

Not that I had any doubt, but I’m happy to see MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION easily grab the top spot at the weekend box office.  The fifth film in the franchise is being called the best by a lot of critics and it seems the film is considered a blast by almost everyone that has seen it.  If there’s one franchise out there that deserves life and many more sequels, it’s Mission: Impossible, and with these numbers, I’m sure we’re going to get at least a few more.  To put it in perspective, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION (click the link to read our review) is on pace to have the second largest opening, behind MI2, which opened with $57 million.  The other new movie of the weekend was the VACATION reboot, which I found interesting only because the studio seemed to have very high hopes for it, moving it to a summer slot to take advantage of the summer crowd.  But the film hasn’t done as well as I’m sure they hoped and couldn’t even take in half of what MI5 managed to bring in.  I don’t think the original VACATION is sacred or anything, but I’m not sure Ed Helms was the right guy to lead the reboot.

Next week sees the release of FANTASTIC FOUR and if there’s one movie this summer I was anxious to see how it performs at the weekend box office, it’s this one.  The movie has been plagued with rumors about a troubled production, but what I think will hurt the film are the really average trailers.  People expect more from the superhero movies and I’m just not convinced this version of FANTASTIC FOUR is going to deliver.  We also get SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, which I would usually dismiss, but I loved CHICKEN RUN and this is from the same studio, so I’m cautiously optimistic.  However, I think MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION might make it two in a row next weekend.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation $51.4m

2. Vacation $13.3m

3. Minions $12.6m

4. Ant-Man $11.9m

5. Pixels $10.2m

6. Trainwreck $9.3m

7. Southpaw $7.8m

8. Inside Out $5.1m

9. Paper Towns $4.9m

10. Jurassic World $4.1m

(Deadline)

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