BlueCat Box Office Update: Mission Impossible Clobbers Fantastic Four

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BlueCat Screenplay Competition offers a weekend (August 7th-9th, 2015) Box Office update, data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

Josh Trank’s controversial Fantastic Four reboot opened at number 2 this weekend in a considerably less than fantastic fashion, pulling in a meager $26.2 million with a production budget of $122 million. The studio’s initial weekend estimate of $60 million was downgraded to $40 million last week as the harshly negative reviews began to pour in (the film’s aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes is currently at 9%). Based on Marvel Comics’ first family of superheroes, the 20th Century Fox produced film had lofty franchise ambitions, with a sequel already slated for 2017 and talks of a potential crossover with Fox’s other band of super powered heroes, the X-Men. Changes to the potential sequel are yet to be seen, and screenwriter Simon Kinberg stated last week that the Fantastic Four and X-Men exist in distinct universes, making a crossover unlikely.

Taking the top honor a second weekend in a row is Paramount’s Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation with $29.4 million, down 47% from last weekend. The highly regarded fifth installment in the popular franchise proves that Tom Cruise, as secret agent Ethan Hunt, can still carry a major summer blockbuster.

Opening in third is The Gift with $12 million. Garnering mostly positive reviews (93% on Rotten Tomatoes), The Gift stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, and Joel Edgerton, who also wrote and directed the film. Coming in at number four is the comedy remake, Vacation, starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, with $9.1 million. And, rounding out the top five is Marvel Studios’ underdog, Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas, with $7.8 million in its fourth week.

The Meryl Streep family dramedy, Ricki and the Flash, written by Juno scribe, Diablo Cody, also opened this weekend with a modest $7 million. The animated family film, Shaun the Sheep, opened with only $4 million, despite receiving almost entirely positive reviews from critics.

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