Weekend Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible 6′ Wins Over Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ With $35M

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Disney can’t always open to No. 1. Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout fell just 43 percent in its sophomore outing to $35 million from 4,395 North American theaters over the weekend. That’s well ahead of the $25 million earned by Disney’s Winnie the Pooh live-action/CGI effort Christopher Robin from 3,602 locations in its launch.mission-impossible-fallout-ethan-hunt-helicopter-tom-cruise-trailer

Fallout is a major victory for Paramount and its star, Tom Cruise. The sixth outing in the spy action franchise posted the lowest decline of any film in the series besides Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, which debuted over Christmas in 2011. The latest installment also topped the overseas chart with another $76 million for a global cume of $329.5 million.

 

It’s only the second time so far this year that a Disney release hasn’t placed No. 1 in its debut. In March, A Wrinkle in Time ($33.1 million) came in No. 2 behind fellow Disney blockbuster Black Panther.

It’s also the lowest nationwide opening for any Disney title since summer 2016, excluding nature documentaries. In early July 2016, Steven Spielberg’s The BFG posted a three-day opening of $18.8 million, while Pete’s Dragon launched to $21.5 million.

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Christopher Robin is hardly a major blunder, although prerelease tracking had suggested it would open to $28 million or more. The film cost $70 million to produce before marketing. Overseas, it pulled in $5 million from its first 18 markets, many of them smaller, for a global bow of $30 million (it is rolling out slowly offshore). Disney is expecting big business in such markets as the U.K., Australia and Japan, where Winnie the Pooh is enormously popular.
Weekend Box Office 8/05/18

3-Day Weekend Box Office Estimates – Source: comScore
Weekend Cume Theaters Week
1. Mission: Impossible — Fallout $35M $124.5M 4,395 2
2. Christopher Robin $25M $25M 3,602 1
3. The Spy Who Dumped Me $12.4M $12.4M 3,111 1
4. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again $9.1M $91.3M 3,359 3
5. The Equalizer 2 $8.8M $79.9M 2,725 3
6. Hotel Transylvania 3 $8.2M $136.5M 3,162 4
7. Ant-Man and the Wasp $6.2M $195.5M 2,233 5
8. The Darkest Minds $5.8M $5.8M 3,127 1
9. Incredibles 2 $5M $583.1M 1,802 8
10. Teen Titans Go! To The Movies $4.9M $20.8M 3,188 2
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Paramount; Disney
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