|2.||“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”||Universal||$15,000,000|
|3.||“The Equalizer 2”||Sony||$14,000,000|
|4.||“Hotel Transylvania 3”||Sony||$12,305,000|
|5.||“Teen Titans Go! To the Movies”||Warner Bros||$10,510,000|
|6.||“Ant-Man and The Wasp”||Buena Vista||$8,400,000|
|7.||“Incredibles 2”||Buena Vista||$7,157,000|
|8.||“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”||Universal||$6,775,000|
|10.||“The First Purge”||Universal||$2,230,000|
“Mission: Impossible—Fallout” scored the highest opening of the Mission franchise this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. The Christopher McQuarrie/Tom Cruise action/spy/thriller enjoyed a handy first place debut with over $61 million in the US. The latest Ethan Hunt adventure also earned $92M overseas, for a first weekend total passing $150M. It should pass its production budget sometime mid week.
The previous biggest debut was “Mission: Impossible II,” which opened at $57M in 2000. Ironically, the film that is regarded as the weakest in the series is also the highest grossing.
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” held onto second place with $15M. The ABBA-inspired musical has grossed more than $165M worldwide, easily earning back its $75M price tag. Ten years ago, the original film earned more than $144M in the US, and $600M worldwide. It looks like the sequel has a long road to go to approach those numbers.
Struggling to find an audience is “The Equalizer 2,” which drops from a narrow first-place debut down to third place in week two. Denzel Washington’s first sequel took in $14M this weekend. It’s domestic total is $2M over its $62M budget. With a few international markets, too, the action thriller is sitting right at $70M worldwide.
“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” moves down to fourth place this week with $12M. The animated family comedy has earned almost $120M in the US and $285M worldwide. It is still off pace from the first two films, but still pulling in commendable numbers.
“Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” debuted in fifth place with $10.5M. The animated DC movie earned its budget in the first weekend. The movie earned raves from critics and audiences, even with lower box office numbers.
The rest of the top ten is a collection of films that have been around for a few weeks. “Ant-Man and The Wasp” is in sixth place with $8.4M. “Incredibles 2” adds $7M to its seven-week take. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” moves down one spot to eighth place with $6.7M. “Skyscraper” continues its freefall, dropping from sixth to ninth with $5.4M. And “The First Purge” hangs on to tenth place with $2.2M.
Next week’s new releases include “The Darkest Minds,” “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” and “Christopher Robin.”