Weekend Wrap-Up

No Vacation for Tom Cruise as Rogue Nation Hits

By John Hamann

August 2, 2015

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Trainwreck slips to sixth, as Amy Schumer’s comedy keeps trucking along. This weekend, Trainwreck earnsedanother $9.7 million, and fell 44% in its third frame. Gunning for $100 million, this Universal product has a gross-to-date of $79.7 million, and will narrowly cross the $100 million mark in a few weeks.

Surprisingly, Southpaw hit the skids a bit, as adult audiences flocked to Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation instead of the more serious drama. After opening to $16.7 million last weekend, Southpaw took a left hook to the head, and grossed only $7.5 million in weekend two. That gives it a bigger-than-expected drop of 55%, but brings the total for the Weinstein boxing movie up to $31.6 million.

Paper Towns also got brutalized this weekend, but this was more expected than the drop for Southpaw. The teen lit product could only pull in $4.6 million after opening last weekend to $12.7 million. That’s a drop of 64% for this Fox product, but it cost only $12 million to make, so the care level goes down drastically.


Hard to believe, but Inside Out and Jurassic World almost got pushed out of the top ten this weekend. Inside Out earned another $4.5 million and pushed its domestic total up to $329.6 million, ever closer to Finding Nemo’s $339.7 million. Jurassic World earned $3.8 million and fell 47%. Its running total is now at an awesome $631.5 million.

Overall, the box office keeps clicking along but is smarting over flops from Pixels and Vacation, as both should have opened at least $20 million higher. The top 12 this weekend earned $139.4 million, well back of last year when Guardians of the Galaxy took the box office to $172.4 million. The good news, though, is that 2013 was a much stronger year, and the same weekend that year only pulled in $123.3 million.

Next weekend brings a bit of chaos, as four films open and we see limited releases from three other films with potential. New releases include Fantastic Four, and with no reviews out yet, I think we all know how that’s going to go – the embargo lifts Wednesday. The Gift, a thriller directed by actor Joel Edgerton and starring Jason Bateman, also debuts, and the eight reviews released thus far have all been good. The same goes for Shaun the Sheep, an Aardman film with 100% good reviews so far, and Ricki and the Flash, you know, with Meryl. On the limited side, Kevin Bacon’s Cop Car sees its release, as do Dark Places, with Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks, and Salma Hayek’s The Prophet.

Top Weekend Box Office for 7/31/15-8/2/15 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation Paramount $56,000,000 New $56,000,000
2 Vacation WARNER BROS. $14,850,000 New $21,172,000
3 Ant-Man Disney $12,619,000 - 49% $132,148,000
4 Minions Universal $12,155,000 - 47% $287,346,275
5 Pixels Sony $10,400,000 - 57% $45,600,000
6 Trainwreck Universal $9,694,000 - 44% $79,703,350
7 Southpaw Weinstein Co. $7,519,000 - 55% $31,576,485
8 Paper Towns Fox $4,600,000 - 64% $23,816,000
9 Inside Out Disney $4,517,000 - 39% $329,594,000
10 Jurassic World Universal $3,757,080 - 48% $631,456,710
11 Mr. Holmes Roadside Attractions $2,350,000 - 18% $10,325,000
12 Terminator: Genisys Paramount $900,000 - 63% $87,650,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The End of the Tour A24 $126,459 New $126,459
  The Young And Prodigious T.s. Spivet Weinstein Co. $31,000 New $31,000
  Listen To Me Marlon Showtime Documentary Films $29,215 New $37,227
  Vatican Tapes Lionsgate $310,000 - 63% $1,516,373
  Phoenix IFC Films $50,000 + 65% $100,000
  Samba Broad Green Pictures $39,761 + 62% $72,629
  Bajrangi Bhaijaan Eros $700,000 - 57% $7,000,000
  Irrational Man Sony Classics $509,528 + 100% $1,146,859
  The Stanford Prison Experiment IFC Films $130,000 + 126% $275,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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