Belated Weekend Box Office: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" Exceeds Expectations; "Vacation" Misses

Posted 11:46 AM August 4th, 2015 by Senh Duong
Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation

During the predictions portion of our my podcast with Binh Ngo, I was predicting that “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” would gross $70M for the weekend and “Vacation” $5M. I knew that the former would do better than expected and the latter worse. Although I was correct in that regard, I was way too high on “Rogue Nation” and way too low on “Vacation.”

Directed by frequent Tom Cruise collaborator Chris Mcquarrie, the latest “Mission: Impossible” scored $4M on Thursday night screenings. On Friday, its official release date, the actioner added $16M. Just for reasons of padding grosses, studios have now resorted to opening some of their films the evening before their release date and adding those to their opening day gross. That’s why Paramount can report that “Rogue Nation” made franchise best $20M on opening day even though it technically opened the evening before.

For the weekend, “Rogue Nation” thrilled an estimated $56M worth of ticket buyers. It’s the second best opening of the franchise, behind the second entry’s $58M, which was directed by John Woo and released in 2000. For Cruise, it’s the third best opening of his career behind that and Steven Spielberg’s “War of the World,” which opened to $65M in 2005.

The other debut in wide release “Vacation” didn’t do nearly as well. For the weekend, the reboot/sequel starring Ed Helms grossed $14.9M and $21.2M since opening on Wednesday (technically, Tuesday evening). For Helms, it’s his best as a top-billing actor, but for New Line, the comedy performed below expectations (they were hoping for $30-$35M). The original, which starred Chevy Chase (who had a cameo in the new film), grossed $61M total in 1983. The reboot will have most likely not reach that figure, especially with poor reviews (23% on Rotten Tomatoes) and bad audience score (B on Cinemascore*).

These two new films take up the top two spots at this weekend’s box office. Here are this weekend’s top ten films:

1. “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” $56M
2. “Vacation” $14.9M ($21M total)
3. “Ant-Man” $12.6M ($132M total)
4. “Minions” $12.2M ($287M total)
5. “Pixels” $10.4M ($46M total)
6. “Trainwreck” $9.7M ($80M total)
7. “Southpaw” $7.5M ($32M total)
8. “Paper Towns” $4.6M ($24M total)
9. “Inside Out” $4.5M ($330M total)
10. “Jurassic World” $3.8M ($632M total)

* An average film gets a “B+” on Cinemascore, so anything below that is not good.

(Box office data from

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