'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' sets record for highest franchise opening


Tom Cruise ran his way to another box office success this weekend. Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the sixth film in the M:I franchise, opened higher than all five of its predecessors, to the tune of $61.5 million on 4,386 screens. Per Movio’s analytics, it was the most popular film among Millennial males, Gen Xers of both genders, and 50+ men; for 50+ women and Millennial women, the movie of choice remained Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, which dropped to spot number two with $15 million (total gross $70.4 million).

Spots three and four also went to holdovers: The Equalizer 2 (weekend gross $14 million, total gross $64.2 million), dropping 61% from its debut last weekend, and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (weekend gross $12.3 million, total gross $119.2 million).

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, the weekend’s other new wide release, snuck into the top five with $10.5 million, a lower-than-expected cume but not too bad given the film’s small budget. A B+ CinemaScore bodes ill for its hold over the coming weeks; you can expect this one to rack up the majority of its success in the home video market.

The weekend’s highest per-theatre average went to Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, which opened to $30,941 on a single screen. Also faring well was Eighth Grade, which (weekend gross $1.3 million, total gross $2.9 million), which distributor A24 expanded from 33 theatres to 158.

Among limited releases, the highest earner was Chinese action epic Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings, which earned $132,000 on 31 screens. Also new to theatres were Puzzle ($63,364 on five screens), The Captain ($8,279 on one screen) and 93Queen ($7,257 on one screen).