It’s pretty unusual for Marvel superheroes to get a shellacking at the weekend box office, especially when they take their opening bow. That’s exactly what happened over the last few days, though.
According to numbers by Box Office Mojo, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation came out as the number one film at the weekend box office, taking in $29.4 million. This even after its attendance dropped 47% from last week, but it looks as though it was still the preferred offering at the box office. The fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise has seen both critical and commercial success, and Paramount Pictures is already prepping a sixth film in the series with franchise star Tom Cruise set to once again lead the IMF as their super-spy, Ethan Hunt.
The biggest story coming out of this weekend at the movies, though, is the failure of a Marvel-based superhero film to reach the number one spot in ticket sales. 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four took in only $26.2 million this weekend, which is significantly lower than some estimates placing the opening bow for the film in the $40-50 million range. The franchise reboot written by Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg and directed by Josh Trank has received resoundingly negative reviews from critics, garnering only a 9% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a better but still dismal 24% rating from audiences. In our own review of the film, we felt that Fantastic Four got off to a promising start, before falling significantly due to poorly realized heroes, a useless villain, and a grossly uneven narrative.
The other three films making up the top 5 at the box office include the Joel Edgerton-written and directed thriller The Gift in third place, which took in $12 million on a budget of only $5 million. In fourth place is the returning comedy Vacation, focusing on the new generation of the Griswold family on their way to Wally World, which took in $9.1 million. Finally, in fifth place is Marvel Studios’ latest offering Ant-Man, which took in $7.8 million. While not a heavy-hitter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man has already grossed more in less than a month than 2008′s The Incredible Hulk has for its entire worldwide theatrical run, but it’s anyone’s guess on whether or not it’ll manage to outpace the worldwide haul of 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger.
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