Mission: Impossible easily beats Vacation for top spot

With critics raving and audiences paying, Cruise made the announcement that a sixth film in the franchise is in development

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Tom Cruise, left, and Jeremy Renner appear in a scene from "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation." (David James/Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions via AP)

CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation enjoyed a comfortable first place finish at the box office, bringing in $56 million this weekend. The closest competition came from the National Lampoon’s Vacation sequel, Vacation which brought in $40 million less than Rogue.

Despite a stellar opening for Rogue, it was slightly lower than the franchise leader Mission: Impossible 2. M:I 2 made just shy of $58 million on its first weekend after opening on a Wednesday. M:I 2 also is the franchise leader for domestic gross ending at $215 million back in 2000.

M:I 2 however, did not have the stellar reviews of the latest two installments in the series. With good word of mouth, Rogue may just be able to inch past M:I 2. With critics raving and audiences paying, Cruise made the announcement that a sixth film in the franchise is in development.

Another decades old franchise did not fare as well this weekend. Vacation made $14 million this weekend after collecting a paltry $6 million from the previous two days. Despite the small opening, Vacation did open larger than the other movies in the series. This result however, can be contributed to more than 15 years of inflation.

The rest of the top ten was filled with holdovers. Last week’s top film Ant-Man made over $12 million in its third weekend. Ant-Man is sitting just below The Incredible Hulk’s lifetime gross. It is likely going to be the only movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that it will be able to pass.

Rounding out the top ten was the number one film of the year. Jurassic World spent what is likely going to be its last weekend in the top ten. The movie is sitting at $631 million domestic and $1.55 Billion worldwide.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office estimates (provided by the Associated Press)

1.”Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” $56 million ($65 million international).

2.”Vacation,” $14.9 million.

3.”Ant-Man,” $12.6 million ($20 million international).

4.”Minions,” $12.2 million ($39.1 million international).

5.”Pixels,” $10.4 million ($19.8 million international).

6.”Trainwreck,” $9.7 million ($9 million international).

7.”Southpaw,” $7.5 million ($3 million international).

8.”Paper Towns,” $4.6 million ($6 million international).

9.”Inside Out,” $4.5 million ($17.8 million international).

10.”Jurassic World,” $3.8 million ($4.4 million international).

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