1. Box Office: Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ dominates with $56 million

Box Office: Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ dominates with $56 million

Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation" dominated the U.S. box office this weekend with an impressive $56 million at 3,956 locations.

By: | Los Angeles | Published: August 2, 2015 9:39 PM
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In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson appears in a scene from “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” (AP)

Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” dominated the U.S. box office this weekend with an impressive $56 million at 3,956 locations.

The Paramount/Skydance tentpole generated $20.3 million at the Friday box office, setting an opening day mark for the sturdy franchise – and signaling that Cruise still carries plenty of star power. Saturday’s total hit $19.7 million.

The launch of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” had been on track for an opening weekend of $40 million, according to recent studio estimates.

The fifth installment in the series, written and directed by Chris McQuarrie, finds Cruise facing off against a squad of special agents known as the Syndicate. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson also star.

The first four “Mission: Impossible” films have grossed over $2 billion. In 2011, “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” pulled in $209 million in the U.S. and $485 million internationally.

“Rogue Nation” took in more than triple the Friday-Sunday total of New Line’s “Vacation” reboot, which pulled in $14.9 million in 3,411 locations. The comedy, which launched Wednesday, has grossed $21.2 million in five days — below recent forecasts of $30 million.

Still, the R-rated “Vacation” is a low-risk entry for New Line, given its $31 million budget. Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth star. It generated an A- Cinemascore among audiences under 25.

Disney/Marvel’s third weekend of “Ant-Man” led the holdovers with $12.6 million at 3,322 sites for a $132.1 million domestic total. Universal’s fourth weekend of “Minions” followed with $12.2 million at 3,575 locations to lift its 24-day cumulative total to $287.3 million.

Sony’s second weekend of Adam Sandler’s “Pixels” showed only moderate traction as the comedy slid 57% to $10.4 million at 3,725 theaters, bringing the 10-day total to $45.6 million.

A24’s “The End of the Tour,” which stars Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as the reporter tasked with profiling the author, launched impressively with $126,459 in four locations.

The overall box office for the weekend is down significantly compared with the same weekend a year ago when Disney/Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” opened with a stunning $94.3 million weekend.

  1. Karry Zoe
    Aug 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm
    MI5 is the best of the series! It brings back the espionage that was replaced with action as the series went on, but that's not to say there wasn't any action, there was and it kicked . Watch Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Online >>>
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