“Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation” fended off a quartet of new releases to top the box office for a second straight weekend, according to industry figures reported Monday by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo. “Rogue Nation,” starring Tom Cruise, grossed $28.5 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday for a total of $107.7 million since opening July 31.
The critically panned superhero reboot “Fantastic Four” opened at No. 2 with $25.6 million, a flop by superhero movie standards. “Fantastic Four” opened much lower than the $56 million weekend debut of the 2005 original and its sequel “Rise of the Silver Surfer,” which opened with $58 million in 2007. A dismal 8 percent of reviews were positive and only 24 percent of moviegoers liked “Fantastic Four,” according to movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film is “dull and downbeat” and “proves a woefully misguided attempt to translate a classic comic series without the humor, joy, or colorful thrills that made it great.”
Mystery thriller “The Gift,” starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton, debuted at No. 3 with $11.8 million. An excellent 92 percent of reviews were positive and 83 percent of moviegoers liked “The Gift,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “is wickedly smart and playfully subversive, challenging the audience’s expectations while leaving them leaning on the edges of their seats.”
R-rated comedy sequel “Vacation” dropped two spots to No. 4 in its second weekend with $8.9 million for a total of $37.1 million since opening July 29. Marvel superhero film “Ant-Man” fell two spots to No. 5 in its fourth weekend, grossing $7.9 million for a total of $147.5 million since opening July 17.
The weekend’s other new releases didn’t garner much attention from moviegoers.
Music dramedy “Ricki and the Flash,” starring Meryl Streep, opened at No. 7 with $6.6 million. A middling 59 percent of reviews were positive and 55 percent of the moviegoers liked “Ricki,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote “Meryl Streep’s outstanding work helps ‘Ricki and the Flash’ overcome its inconsistent tone and fairly predictable premise.”
Stop-motion animated comedy adventure “Shaun the Sheep Movie” debuted at No. 11 with $4 million. A near-perfect 99 percent of reviews were positive and 83 percent of moviegoers liked “Shaun,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film is “warm, funny, and brilliantly animated.”
Two new films are opening nationwide in theaters this weekend. Spy adventure “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” are opening Friday, Aug. 14, with special early screenings Thursday night. Check your local listings for times.