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.
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.