Weekly Box Office Round-Up: Mission: Possible

This weekend, Vacation and Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation opened in theaters. Let's take a look at this past weekend's box office.

#1 Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation- $55,520,089

On its opening weekend, Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation came in first place. The film was projected to make around $40-45 million, and has surpassed those expectations. There wasn't any doubt this movie would be number one this weekend. It's got a sizable following, is coming off of the fantastic success of Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol, and has been getting spectacular reviews itself. I really wanted to see it this weekend, but I am seeing it tomorrow. This is a movie I have really been looking forward to, so I am glad to see it succeed and will be even more glad to finally see the damn film!

#2 Vacation- $14,681,108

On its opening weekend, Vacation came in second place. I thought this movie would make more like $25 million, but it seems like the extremely poor critical and fan response to the film hindered its opening weekend. I really wanted to see this movie. I thought the trailers were hilarious and it seemed to have everything going for it. But once the initial critical reviews came out, my enthusiasm for this film dropped to the point where I don't really want to see it at all. It's unfortunate, because this could have been a really good reboot (technically, it's a sequel, but not really), and sadly, they dropped the ball with this one.

#3 Ant-Man- $12,802,644

In its third week, Ant-Man came in third place. A lot of people have been saying that this film has been a financial failure, when it really hasn't. Sure, it's fallen short of the numbers expected for a Marvel movie, but it is in no way, shape or form a failure. Ant-Man has made almost $300 million worldwide, and is pretty close to breaking even (if it hasn't already) with its $130 million dollar budget. Ant-Man was never meant to be a billion dollar movie. The numbers it's been doing has been great for what it is, and will probably make Marvel a sizable amount by the end of its run. You can read our review for the the film here

#4 Minions- $12,387,375

In its fourth week, Minions came in fourth place. Despite its negative word-of-mouth, Minions has managed to stick around in the top 5. It has made over $850 million worldwide, and I'm betting it will either come close to or break $1 billion. Minions are very popular these days, and kids just want to keep seeing them. It's a goldmine for the studio. Hopefully, Universal will understand that people didn't care for the film that much and will approach a sequel more carefully. Because what does history show? Bad movies can make good money, but good movies can make great money.

#5 Pixels- $10,503,023

In its second week, Pixels came in fifth place. This movie has certainly been a failure for the studio, but just another day at the office for Adam Sandler. He has had so many financial (and critical) failures over the past ten or so years, that Pixels is just another contestant in the sh*t show. I didn't think the movie would do well, but I thought there was a chance of it doing better, for the nostalgia factor alone of all these old school arcade games. But I guess Sandler has the Midas Touch, where everything he touches turns to sh*t. Oh well.

To re-cap, #1 was Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation, #2 was Vacation, #3 was Ant-Man, #4 was Minions and #5 was Pixels.

Next week, The Fantastic Four, Ricki and the Flash, Shaun of Sheep and The Gift open in theaters. I think Rogue Nation could take it again. I think Fantastic Four is out of the running, with all of its (unwarranted) fan apprehension. 

What do you think of this weekend's box office? What will be number one next weekend? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate 
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