Alright so I missed my Box Office Breakdown last week, but it’s back for this week baby and after a pair of sequels dominated last weekend’s chart yet another sequel made an even bigger impact. After the surprise success of “The Equalizer 2” and the expected success of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” a couple of hard-hitting competitors made their marks but only one set a new bar. Let’s dive right on in and recap the box office numbers of the weekend, July 27-29, 2018.
To nobody’s surprised “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” opened to massive numbers becoming the highest grossing film in the long running action franchise. While some projections had the sixth film in the series earning as much as $65 million, it topped out at $61.5 million still beating “Mission: Impossible II” soundly as the highest grossing debut of the franchise. Praised by both critics and fans, some even calling it one of the best action movies of all time, “Fallout” received the best fan and critics ratings of the series on CinemaScore and Rotten Tomatoes respectively. “Fallout” was even more successful overseas delivering another $92 million to make it the biggest opening for the franchise internationally as well. “Fallout” looks to have great staying power especially with the summer box office season slowing down in August. It will have some interesting competition this weekend, but more on that later. You can read my review of “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” here.
In second was “Mamma Mia Here We Go Again” which stayed put where it finished last week despite a hefty drop in viewership. The film took in $15 million in its second weekend bringing its domestic numbers to $70 million. Last week’s champion “The Equalizer 2” dropped even harder down to the third making $14 million to bring its domestic cume to around $65 million in two weekends. Weekend actuals put “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” in fourth with $12 million but another animated feature debuted to round out the top five. “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies”, which finished fourth and is based on the more kid friendly adaptation of the titular super hero team currently running on Cartoon Network, failed to shine despite surprisingly great reviews from both critics and skeptical fans. The movie under performed when compared to expectations bringing in $10.5 million domestically in its first weekend, the lowest opening weekend gross for a film from the reborn Warner Bros. Animation studio under the Warner Animation Group. However this was more than enough to top the films reported $10 million budget. The film only brought in another million dollars in foreign markets. You can read my review of “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” here.
Other success stories on the charts included two expanding releases, “Blindspotting” and “Eighth Grade”. In its second weekend, Blindspotting increased to limited release in over 500 additional theaters to enter the top 15 as #13 with a weekend gross of $1.325 million. The film has received rave reviews and is expected to expand nationwide in the coming weeks. Right behind “Blindspotting” in 14th place was “Eighth Grade”. Written and Directed by popular musical comedian Bo Burnham, “Eighth Grade” expanded to 158 theaters nearly matching “Blindspotting” with $1.317 million. “Eighth Grade” is expected to expand nationally this weekend which will bring in even more audiences to show its true staying power. It will be interesting to see what a nationwide release of the movie will do if it received that kind of response in less than 200 theaters in three weeks.
While “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” looks to have a lot of staying power it will have some fun competition with three new releases plus the supposed expanded release of “Eighth Grade” to look forward to. “Fallout” will look to fend off the releases of the spy comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” and the young adult adaptation “The Darkest Minds”. However the true competition may lie in “Disney’s Christopher Robin” which is only the latest live action interpretation of classic Disney properties this time focusing on a grown up version of Winnie the Pooh’s human best friend. While I may be underestimating the potential of “The Darkest Minds” and “The Spy Who Dumped Me” I’m going to call that “Christopher Robin” will have enough buzz to earn the top spot with “Fallout” either proving me wrong or coming in second. Anything else from there is fair game. We’ll see how right I am this time next week.