Two heavyweights hit the box office this weekend, both hoping to close out July with record numbers. Warner Bros. Pictures released the family-friendly film “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies” and Paramount Pictures released the new action-thriller “Mission: Impossible 6”. The tiny Titans were hoping to score a big weekend in theaters before “Disney’s Christopher Robin” releases next week and “Mission Impossible 6” has to make headroom before “The Darkest Minds and “The Spy Who Dumped Me” starts to divide the box office.
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” did open with a franchise high this weekend, bringing in an estimated $61.5M across 4,386 locations. “Mission Impossible 6” was directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the film stars Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Angela Bassett, and Alec Baldwin.
The original “Mission Impossible” opened back in 1996 with a $45M domestic debut, the film then went on to make over $457M worldwide. “Mission Impossible II” improved on the original’s opening in 2000, bringing in $57M on opening weekend before grossing $546M worldwide. That’s when the franchise started to decline, in 2006 “Mission Impossible III” had a $47M opening weekend and the film only brought in $397M across the globe. Answering to the sudden decline at the box-office, the studio moved the franchise from May to December in 2011 for “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and the numbers improved. The fourth installment started with a limited release which made $12.7M and wide-release that made another $29.5M. The winter release-date worked out well for the studio and the film went on to make over $694M worldwide. With the franchise rejuvenated, the studio released “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” in July of 2015 and the film had a $55M opening before going on to make $682M globally.
Universal Pictures’ musical-comedy ” Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” took second-place this weekend, earning $15M across 3,514 locations nationwide. That raises the film’s two-week total to just over $70M domestically. “Mamma Mia! 2” was directed by Ol Parker, the film features Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, and Cher. Sony’s “The Equalizer 2” wasn’t far behind, bringing in $14M across 3,388 locations this week. The action-thriller has now made $64M since it hit theaters two-weeks ago. “The Equalizer 2” was directed by Antoine Fuqua and features Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, and Ashton Sanders.
Sony Pictures also took fourth-place on the domestic charts this week with “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”. The animated-comedy made another $12M over the weekend across 4,005 locations, raising the film’s three-week total to $119M. “Hotel Transylvania 3” was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the film features the voice-talents of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg.
Surprisingly, “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies” opened to fifth-place on the domestic-charts after earning $10M across 3,188 locations. The film was directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail and will need a big follow-up weekend to survive in theaters.