News // 'MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT' OPENS TO FRANCHISE BEST

Eighth Grade inched closer to the Top Ten with $1.3 million.



Tom Cruise may be one of the last true box office names we have and this weekend proved that to be true as the action flick, Mission: Impossible - Fallout (#1) debuted at the top of the box office with $61.5 million. That total is the highest opening for the franchise that began over 20 years ago. The second installment, Mission: Impossible II previously held the title after opening to $57.8 million in 2000.


M:I - Fallout is the second largest opening for a Cruise film, falling slightly behind 2005's War of the Worlds. With critical raves and audience word-of-mouth, it shouldn't take long for the film to cross the $100 million mark in the next week or so.


The other major release for the weekend was Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (#5), a animated film based on the popular TV show and DC Comics series. It debuted in the Top Ten with $10.5 million, a disappointing finish for a family film.


Sticking around the Top Ten, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (#2) earned $15 million, a disappointing second week finish for last week's number two, but enough to keep it in that second place spot. The musical carries strong raves from critics, but the audience may have already moved on to other exciting options.


In first place last week, The Equalizer 2 (#3) saw the hardest drop, as much of its audience flocked to see Cruise over Denzel Washington. It couldn't keep up with its competitor from last weekend, ending in third place.


In limited release, Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade (#14) expanded to over 150 theaters and earned $1.3 million, almost enough to boost it into the Top Ten. It will expand again next weekend to even more theaters, which should help it blossom into a box office success.


Also, Lionsgate's Blindspotting (#13) brought in about $1.3 million, as well.


As for milestones, documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? (#16) has now become the highest grossing biodoc of all time and one of the highest grossing documentaries ever. Plus, Hereditary (#27), with over $40 million, has now become the highest grossing A24 release since the production/distribution company formed.


Leaving the Top Ten is horror sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web (#11), and indie comedy, Sorry to Bother You (#12).


Next weekend, Disney opens Christopher Robin in wide release to over 3,500 screens. Plus, action-comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me hopes to incite the girls' night out crowd.


TOP TEN:

(bold signifies a new release)


1. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT - $61.5 million

2. MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN - $15 million

3. THE EQUALIZER 2 - $14 million

4. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION - $12.3 million

5. TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES - $10.5 million

6. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP - $8.4 million

7. INCREDIBLES 2 - $7.15 million

8. JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM - $6.77 million

9. SKYSCRAPER - $5.4 million

10. THE FIRST PURGE - $2.23 million



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