Battle at the Box Office 8/6

The first weekend of August 2018 found Mission: Impossible still on top in its second weekend.

MI: Fallout made another $35 million, bringing it to over $124 million and $17 more than what Rogue Nation had made during the same timeframe.  It also made $76 million worldwide and its worldwide total is now over $329.5 million.

Second place went to Christopher Robin with $25 million, which was below expectations, as it was expected to be at $30+ million and possibly top MI: Fallout but that turned out not to be the case.  It was also subject to Disney not holding any press screenings until late Thursday before the film opened when normally they would hold screenings at least a week or more before the film debuts.

R rated comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me took third with $12.4 million, which puts it 11th for star Mila Kunis, behind both Bad Moms movies and stuff like Jupiter Ascending and Max Payne.  It’s currently sitting between A Bad Moms Christmas and Extract. It’s also well below what the Ghostbusters reboot made in 2016 with co-star Kate McKinnon. The movie it’s actually closest to with as far as budget and performance is Hot Pursuit, the Reese Witherspoon/Sofia Vergara movie from 2015.  That made $13.9 million its opening weekend and made $34.6 million domestic total.

Mamma Mia 2 and The Equalizer 2 rounded out the top 5, with Mamma Mia inching closer to crossing $100 million.

Further down the list, a historically bad opening occurred for The Darkest Minds, a dystopian YA adaptation that really missed the boat as far as that trend goes.  The movie only made $5.8 million in 3,127 theaters, the 11th worst opening of all time for a movie in over 3,000 theaters. It’s currently in the company of bombs like Strange Magic and New York Minute.

Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade inches closer to the top 10, going wide this weekend and moving up to 12th place with $2.8 million.  It has made $6.5 million so far for its four weeks out. In 13th place, the latest documentary from Dinesh D’Souza, Death of a Nation, took in $2.3 million, which is much less than either of his previous two releases.

Lastly, in only 25 theaters, Black Panther was able to inch across the $700 million mark domestically, joining only the likes of Avatar and The Force Awakens as domestic releases that have made over $700 million at the domestic box office.

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