A trio of new films hit theaters nationwide this weekend but the typical August slowdown has already started at the box office. All three new releases failed to break the $40M mark on opening weekend but two of the films did relatively well considering how crowded the box office has become. This weekend moviegoers chose between the thriller “The Darkest Mind,” the action-comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” and the family-friendly “Christopher Robin” from Disney. Last week’s big winner, “Mission Impossible 6,” is still doing well but two big thrillers are scheduled to hit theaters nationwide next weekend to challenge the rankings.
Despite the new releases, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” remained on top this weekend after grossing another $35M for Paramount Pictures. The film remained in 4,395 locations and has now made over $124M in just two-weeks. “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.
“Disney’s Christopher Robin” topped the new releases this weekend, bringing in over $25M across 3,602 locations. “Christopher Robin” was directed by Marc Forster, the film stars Tom McCarthy, Alex Ross Perry, and Allison Schroeder.
Lionsgate’s action-comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” opened to third-place overall on the domestic-charts, bringing in over $12M across 3,111 locations. “The Spy Who Dumped Me” was directed by Susanna Fogel, the film stars Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, and Gillian Anderson.
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” kept the music going for another week, landing in fourth-place overall after bringing in $9M from 3,359 locations. Universal Pictures’ musical-comedy has now made over $91M in three-weeks. “Mamma Mia! 2” was directed by Ol Parker, the film features Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, and Cher.
Fifth-place went to Sony’s “The Equalizer 2,” which made over $8.8M across 2,725 locations. The actioner has now made almost $80M since the film hit theaters three-weeks ago. “The Equalizer 2” was directed by Antoine Fuqua and features Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, and Ashton Sanders.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is this week’s other new release, FOX’s “The Darkest Minds”. The film opened in eight-place overall on the domestic charts, only bringing in $5.8M across 3,127 locations. “The Darkest Minds” was directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the film stars Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg, and Bradley Whitford.
Next weekend action fans can hit the water with “MEG,” the new shark-thriller starring Jason Statham and Sony Pictures’ “Slender Man” thriller. You can grab tickets for both of those movies early from sites like Fandango.com.