Mission: Impossible doesn’t self-destruct, nobody wanted to go on Vacation cos they’d reached The End of the Tour, you should all Listen To Me Marlon, and Other Box Office News.
by Callum Petch (Twitter: @CallumPetch)
Good morning, readers. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find out all of the latest Box Office happenings as relayed to you by a tired British hack who has spent way too much time staring at open Word and WordPress documents these past few weeks. The mission will be perilous, as he makes hacky jokes and the occasional generalisation about films that he hasn’t seen, and he may be acting on false information, since the actuals don’t come in until this afternoon, but if there is anyone who can survive this task it is you, and if there was anybody more qualified to run one simple gag into the ground in an attempt to disguise the fact that he has next-to-no material this week then they’d be doing this instead of me. I mean, him. I, err… This message will self-destruct in 10 seconds.
OK, with that nonsense out of the way, let’s do this properly. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the latest in the series that I’ve never quite gotten and whose sequel naming is officially the enemy of the English language, managed to continue the series rise back from the brink of failure with an easy number one opening of $56 million, the second-biggest opening of the entire series barring Mission: Impossible II’s $57.8 million. I’d say that the film “Cruise-d” its way to victory, but I’m full enough of self-loathing so let’s pretend that never happened and move on.
Not that it had much of a challenge. The only other wide-release of the weekend came from somebody at Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema division insisting that we needed a Vacation sequel/reboot/thing – probably the same person who greenlit the Hot Pursuit shooting script – and so one was dumped into our laps even though we already had plans, full of people we didn’t want to spend time with (with apologies to Christina Applegate), and we didn’t want it. Much like a real family vacation. Unlike a real family vacation, however, attending Vacation wasn’t compulsory, so most Americans opted out and the film finished the weekend in a distant second with just under $15 million.
In limited release news, The End of the Tour, the controversial semi-biopic about David Foster Wallace directed by the criminally underrated James Ponsoldt, was the roaring success managing to nab $126,000 from 4 screens for a fantastic per-screen average of $31,500 and me sat here wondering in a very irritated fashion as to why it doesn’t have a UK distributor, dammit! Less successful, but also doing pretty decently, was the Marlon Brando documentary Listen To Me Marlon which picked up $29,000 from 2 screens for a per-screen average of you do the math. Falling flat on its face, by comparison, was the glorified informercial A LEGO Brickumentary which could only sucker in $92,000 worth of people from 93 screens for a per-screen average of $452. I guess the dulcet tones of Jason Bateman are nothing compared to those of Marlon Brando when he’s talking about himself. Although, in fairness, that could also be said about most things.
This Full List is running running and running running and running running. That was both a Mission: Impossible gag and a Black Eyed Peas reference because this is that joke that is my life.
Box Office Results: Friday 31st July 2015 – Sunday 2nd August 2015
1] Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
$56,000,000 / NEW
Saw this Saturday, but there won’t be a review because it would just consist of something close to 2,000 words of me trying and failing to identify the reason(s) why this series does nothing for me besides “these are technically strong action movies”. Seriously, this fact bugs the hell out of me. The Mission: Impossible series presses so many of my personal Things I Love buttons – practical effects action sequences, spy stuff, writing characters into tight impossible situations and seeing how they get out, gambits in spades – but the films themselves just leave me somewhat cold. Answers on a postcard, please.
$14,850,000 / NEW
This reminds me, I need to actually watch the old Vacation movies before I get subjected to this in two weeks. Yeah, the trailer did nothing to me except make my eyes glaze over. In fairness, I could say that about nearly any comedy trailer, but we are in a f*cking nadir for feature-length comedies with this year’s offerings, and I really doubt that this is going to be the thing that pulls us out.
$12,619,000 / $132,148,000
Oi, you! Have you watched Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp yet? If not, go do that! Actually, wait. Have you watched Wet Hot American Summer first? If no, go and do that and then go watch First Day of Camp. Seriously, you’ll thank me later. I basically spent my Friday doing nothing but watch First Day of Camp and it was SO WORTH IT!
$12,200,000 / $287,391,000
This appeared at no. 10 on Mark Kermode’s Mid-Term Best Of list this week, which was a surprise. A pleasant one, because Minions is great, but a surprise nonetheless. Relatedly, I have only seen 3 of the films on his list and would put none of them on mine because I am a tasteless heathen.
$10,400,000 / $45,611,000
So, last week, somebody on Twitter, not gonna name any names and they’re not in trouble don’t worry, made the perfectly reasonable statement that we shouldn’t lambast films that we haven’t seen yet. I actually agree with him, both in the article itself (with my worry about dogpiling) and here, which is why I keep my slams based on what I’ve managed to see and have heard about the film, saving any proper slams and such for when I have actually seen the film. Open mind, and all that!
I tell you this because it turns out that I should never have given this utterly reprehensible piece of turd shit any benefits of any doubts. God, I hate this movie.
$9,700,000 / $79,709,000
So, I was in a screening of Hot Pursuit on Saturday and an advert for Trainwreck comes on. It’s funny, everybody laughs, and then Amy Schumer on screen says “Make sure to come back and see my new movie when it hits theatres on August 14th.” To which I overhear this old lady, who just seconds earlier had been audibly laughing at the advert, say in a voice that is loud enough for other people to hear whilst still in theory only talking to her friend, “I don’t think so!”
This woman also found Hot Pursuit utterly hysterical so I don’t know what to believe.
$7,519,000 / $31,577,000
8] Paper Towns
$4,600,000 / $23,816,000
Saw this on Saturday at a nice early screening. Review will be along on my site on Tuesday, but I really enjoyed this one. It’s definitely not perfect, but it’s sweet heart-warming viewing for myself. Man, I might actually be a John Green fan, which is especially weird since the edited Q&A highlights I was forced to sit through prior to the start of the film didn’t make him look like a particularly tolerable guy. Still, at least he wasn’t Dan & Phil who I’m still not convinced aren’t just the mannequins from the first series of new Doctor Who attempting to pass themselves off as regular human beings.
9] Inside Out
$4,517,000 / $329,594,000
Gonna go see this again this weekend, will probably cry profusely again. As I’ve said before, I can’t separate myself emotionally from this movie, not enough to offer up a proper objective critical review. It hits too close to home and is way too personal to me for me to be able to do that. On the bright side, I guess we now know what a film that is Fury Road’s equal/possible better for me looks like!
10] Jurassic World
$3,800,000 / $631,500,000
IMPORTANT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Shaun The Sheep Movie is finally getting a nationwide cinema release in your country next week. Go and see it. That is an order. Go and see it. Go and see it multiple times over, it’s one of the best animated features released in the last few years. Go and see it instead of Fantastic 4, please. Don’t let me down, folks! I wanna be reporting strong numbers this time next week!
Dropped Out: Mr. Holmes, Terminator: Amiga