Weekend Box Office Wrap-up: August 9, 2015

Our box office wrap-up for the weekend of August 9, 2015, featuring new release 'Fantastic Four' and returning champ 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.'

Toby Kebbell as Doctor Doom in 'Fantastic Four'

There was a fantastic bomb at the box office this week, as Marvel's First Family hit rock bottom with moviegoers.

Repeating in first this weekend is Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which grossed $29.4 million in its second weekend. This haul raises the film's domestic total to $108.6 million. The latest adventure for the Impossible Mission Force fell only 47 percent from its opening numbers, which is a very strong hold for a tentpole film like this. Things are going even stronger internationally. The worldwide intake is now at $265.3 million, illustrating that distributor Paramount was smart to move the film up from its previously scheduled December 2015 release date (where it would have faced Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

On the other end of the spectrum is the maligned Fantastic Four (read our review). Its struggles have been so well-documented at this point that there's really nothing left to say. After receiving universally poisonous reviews from critics (and already being the subject of much skepticism from fans), the reboot had an intense uphill climb it failed to complete. Performing well below expectations, Josh Trank's 20th Century Fox's superhero film could amass only $26.2 million. That figure is the lowest debut for a Marvel movie (from any studio) since Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance made $22.1 million in 2012. Not great company.

As highlighted in our breakdown of Fantastic Four's disastrous opening weekend, there was always the chance the film could be "saved" by the international markets. You can most likely throw those hopes out the window. Internationally, the movie added just $34.1 million, meaning that its worldwide haul for its first three days of release is a paltry $60.3 million. There's a distinct possibility Fox loses a good deal of money on their reported $120 million investment (not including marketing costs), so unless things miraculously get turned around, Fantastic Four is going to end up as a write-off for the studio. It really is an unfortunate situation.

In at #3 is The Gift (read our review). The indie thriller actually surpassed the original estimates analysts had for it (thanks to strong word of mouth) and grossed $12 million in its opening weekend. Even better news for distributor STX Entertainment is that the production budget was a paltry $5 million, so they are well on their way to turning a nice profit by the time The Gift concludes its theatrical run.

The Vacation reboot comes in at #4 with $9.1 million. The road trip comedy is now at $37.3 million domestically.

Rounding out the top five is Ant-Man. The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe made an additional $7.8 million to raise its total to $147.4 in the States. Like Mission: Impossible, the film is receiving a nice boost overseas, with a global gross of $326.3 million. That is considerably more than double its $130 million price tag, so this is another win for the MCU.

The animated hit Minions is the #6 film this week. After making $7.4 million over the weekend, the Despicable Me spinoff is now at $302.7 million domestically. The film has also surpassed $900 million worldwide, meaning there's still a chance it can become another $1 billion smash for Universal this year. Either way, they've made a pretty penny off of the yellow guys.

New arrival Ricki and the Flash (read our review) came in #7, opening with $7 million. Due to the limited marketing campaign, the film was never expected to be a true crossover hit, but with Meryl Streep headlining, TriStar may have been hoping for a little more.

Amy Schumer's Trainwreck is #8 this week with $6.3 million. The romantic-comedy has now made $91.1 million Stateside.

This summer's other infamous box office bomb, Pixels, finished ninth this week with $5.4 million. The Adam Sandler vehicle is at $57.6 million domestically.

Finishing off the top ten is Southpaw with $4.7 million. The boxing drama has now made $40.7 million in its domestic run.

Outside the top 10: Even though it got the best reviews out of any of this week's new releases, the little-marketed animated film Shaun the Sheep Movie came in 11th place with only $4 million. Maybe if Lionsgate knew they had such a critical darling, they would have made a better effort to spread the word.

[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, August 10 - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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