Out of the gate, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the fifth installment of the spy action flick series that begin with thee original 1996 blockbuster, can be considered a hit. Starring the return of Tom Cruise as the world's favorite movie star, the flick saw the highest opening for the series, earning $55.5 million. It will, no doubt, continue to grow as great word-of-mouth spreads.
In a distant second, the quasi-sequel/mostly-reboot Vacation, starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, launched to terrible reviews, earning only $14.6 million. A highly-publicized film, Vacation was the clear victim to ruthless critiques and had trouble finding its audience. Many of the original film series' fans just weren't interested in the seeing the beloved characters brought back to life in this way.
Disney/Marvel's Ant-Man is already showing signs of weakness, dropping to third place with $12.8 million. That's a far cry than previous Marvel flicks.
A few arthouse films did decent business, the most notable being The End of the Tour, starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. The film opened in 4 theaters, picking up just over $123,000. The Stanford Prison Experiment, starring a cast of up-and-comers, including Tye Sheridan and Ezra Miller, picked up just over $122,000 from 79 locations.
The Top Ten films for the week ending August 2, 2015:
1. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, $55.5 million (NEW)
2. Vacation, $14.6 million (NEW)
3. Ant-Man, $12.8 million (Total: $132.3m)
4. Minions, $12.3 million (Total: $287.5m)
5. Pixels, $10.5 million (Total: $45.7m)
6. Trainwreck, $9.6 million (Total: $79.6m)
7. Southpaw, $7.6 million (Total: $31.6m)
8. Paper Towns, $4.6 million (Total: $23.8m)
9. Inside Out, $4.5 million (Total: $329.5m)
10. Jurassic World, $3.9 million (Total: $631m)