Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Wins the Weekend with $35-M

Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Wins the Weekend with $35-M

Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Wins the Weekend with $35-M

$VIA, $DIS, $LGF, $FOX, $SNE, $CMCSA

Christopher Robin’ opened to $25-M. ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’  with $12.3, and Dinesh D’Souza’s doc ‘Death of a Nation’ took $2.3-M

Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout fell just 43% in its 2nd outing to $35-M from 4,395 North American theaters at the weekend.

Fallout is a major victory for Paramount and its Star, Tom Cruise. The 6th outing in the spy action franchise posted the lowest decline  of the series. This latest installment topped the overseas chart with another $76-M for a global box office of $329.5-M

Christopher Robin’s prerelease tracking had suggested it would open to $28-M or more, it did not.

The film cost Disney (NYSE:DIS) $70-Mto produce before marketing. Overseas, it pulled in $5-M from its first 18 markets, many of them smaller, for a global box office of $30-M

Among other new opens

Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF)  and Imagine Entertainment’s female-fronted The Spy Who Dumped Me opened in 3rd place with $12.3-M from 3,111 locations. Directed by Susanna Fogel, the R-rated action-comedy starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon did not overcome the comedy slump at the box office. The movie cost $40-M to produce.

Fox saw minimal returns for the YA film adaptation The Darkest Minds, which opened 8th with $5.8-M from 3,127 theaters. The $34-M film follows a group of teens who mysteriously develop new abilities and are detained and declared a threat by the government.

Both The Spy Who Dumped Me and Darkest Minds earned weak B CinemaScore, spurned by critics.

The 4th pic opening nationwide over the weekend was the documentary Death of a Nation from conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza. The documentary opened to $2.3-M from 1,005 theaters.

Death of a Nation earned an A CinemaScore, the film placed #13.

The holdovers

Universal’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again placed # 3 with $9.1-M in its 3rd frame for a $91.3-M. Overseas, the sequel gained $19.3-M from 53 markets for a foreign take of $139.2-M and $230.5-M globally.

A pair of Sony (NYSE:SNE) films, The Equalizer 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, placed #5 and 6, respectively, with $8.8-M and $8.2-M domestically. Internationally, Equalizer 2 grossed $940,000 from 11 markets for a foreign total of $7.7-M and $87.6-M globally. Hotel Transylvania 3 posted another $18-M for a foreign take of $202.3-M and $338.8-M worldwide.

Disney and Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp finished its 5th frame with a global box office of $426-M.

At the specialty box office

Desiree Akhavan’s feature, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, marked the Top location average of any film, or $26,500, upon debuting in 2 theaters.  Filmrise is handling the indie movie in the US

The holdovers

A24’s coming-of-age film Eighth Grade expanded nationwide, earning $2.6-M from 1,084 theaters, performed well in cities on both coasts, including San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, but struggled to establish a foothold in many parts of the country.

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