CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was able to pull off an unexpected victory at the box-office this weekend. Its weekend total came in at an estimated $29.4 million. This was $3 million higher than Fantastic Four, which was expected to take the crown this weekend.
Rogue was able to avoid a 50% drop from its first weekend, which is a very difficult thing to do for action sequels due to the upfront demand. It became the 17th film of 2015 to pass the $100 million mark at the domestic box-office. It will attempt to become the third film in the franchise to pass the $200 million mark by the end of its run. It will have some direct competition next weekend from the release of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. which stars Superman’s Henry Cavill.
The real story this weekend belongs to the abysmal opening of Fantastic Four. Its $26.2 million opening was unable to reach even half of the total opening weekend of the previous two incarnations of the film. Those movies managed $56 million and $58 million.
The large number of comic book movies over the past few years may have been a factor for Fantastic’s lackluster performance. The dislike of the previous installments may also have foreshadowed this one. Fans also want to see Fantastic Four’s rights revert back to Marvel so they can be seen with the Avengers. In the end however, the poor quality and poor word of mouth may be the most significant contributing factor for the movie’s results.
The other new comers this weekend failed to make any kind of significant splash at the box office. The Gift opened 3rd at the box-office with $12 million. Further down was Ricki and the Flash in 7th with $7 million. Shaun the Sheep Movie was unable to make it into the top ten coming in at 11th with $4 million.
There were some other positive notes from the box-office this weekend however, with Minions becoming the fifth movie of the year to pass $300 million at the domestic box office. With another Pixar movie, Hunger Games, and Star Wars yet to open, the 2015, $300 million club should get at least two more members.
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Top movies at the box office (chart provided by the Associated Press):
1. “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” $29.4 million ($65.5 million international).
2. “Fantastic Four,” $26.2 million ($34.1 million international).
3. “The Gift,” $12 million.
4. “Vacation,” $9.1 million.
5. “Ant-Man,” $7.8 million ($9.2 million international).
6. “Minions,” $7.4 million ($18.2 million international).
7. “Ricki and the Flash,” $7 million.
8. “Trainwreck,” $6.3 million ($5.2 million international).
9. “Pixels,” $5.4 million ($9.2 million international).
10. “Southpaw,” $4.8 million.