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“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Dominates Box Office Again

BOX OFFICE REPORT

August 3-5, 2018

(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)

TOP 5

Mission: Impossible – Fallout  $35.0 million
Christopher Robin $25.0 million
The Spy Who Dumped Me $12.3 million
Mamma Mia!
Here We Go Again
$9.0 million
The Equalizer 2 $8.8 million

Tom Cruise was untouchable once again. Mission: Impossible – Fallout held the top spot again, besting a family movie, an R-rated comedy and a YA sci-fi adaptation. With an estimated $35 million, the sequel had the smallest drop-off of any No. 1 movie in its second weekend this summer. By next week, it will have topped Mission: Impossible III and should be on its way to finishing in the top half of the franchise.

Christopher Robin opened in second place with $25 million. That's the second-lowest opening of any of Disney's live-action remakes, just ahead of Pete's Dragon. Though it seems Disney may have expected it, debuting it in the back-to-school week instead of its typical, heavily promoted spring slot. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, as Disney plans on giving us three of these remakes within six months next year, which might lead to overkill.

The Spy Who Dumped Me debuted in third place with just $12.3 million. That's below the Bad Moms films Mila Kunis helped turn into sleeper hits, and below even the Ghostbusters reboot with Kate McKinnon. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again slipped to fourth, but it's separated itself from The Equalizer 2, which it opened behind earlier. That Denzel film earned almost as much this weekend, but has only taken in $79 million to date.

Outside the top 5:

  • This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Miseducation of Cameron Post. The first of two indie films this year to focus on survivors of gay conversion therapy, the film starring Chloë Grace Moretz averaged $26,500 on its pair of screens.
  • You can add The Darkest Minds to the scrap heap of failed YA adaptations. Based on a series of books that tried to combine X-Men and The Hunger Games, the film earned just $5.8 million, good for eighth place.
  • Death of a Nation might mean the death of Dinesh D'Souza's film career. The recently pardoned felon's latest documentary tanked, earning just $2.3 million. Each of his films since the record-breaking 2016: Obama's America has earned significantly less than the one before it.

Next week:

The Meg is here to make all your ridiculous shark dreams come true. The tongue-in-cheek action movie will almost certainly be No. 1 with around $25 million. None of the other films (Dog Days or Slender Man) will pose a threat, but look for a strong limited debut for Spike Lee's Black Klansman.

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About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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