Los Angeles: Paramount's action film ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ beat the newly released ‘Fantastic Four’ this weekend to remain in first place at the North American box office.
‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ led the box office with $29.4 million this weekend, according to studio estimates from Rentrak.
It witnessed a 47 percent decline from last weekend's debut. This fifth instalment of the Tom Cruise-led action franchise surpassed the 100 million ticket sales mark this weekend, which has grossed $108.6 million in ten days of its release.
Opening at 3,995 locations, Fox's ‘Fantastic Four’ took the second place with a weak start of $26.2 million sales in ticket sales this weekend, Xinhua reported.
‘Fantastic Four’ opened a disappointing 53.3 percent behind 2005's ‘Fantastic Four’, which debuted with $56.1 million. And it opened 55 percent behind the $58.05 million debut of 2007's ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.’
The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (51 percent).
‘Fantastic Four’ earned a poor ‘C-‘ rating from first-night moviegoers on CinemaScore, and it held a poor 9 percent approval rating on the review-aggregate site RottenTomatoes.
New studio STX's R-rated thriller ‘The Gift’, starring and directed by Australian actor Joel Edgerton, opened third this weekend with $12 million.
Rounding out the rest of the 10 top movies this weekend in the US and Canada were ‘Vacation’ ($9.1 million), ‘Ant-Man’ ($7.8 million), ‘Minions’ ($7.4 million), ‘Richi and the Flash’ ($7 million), ‘Trainwreck’ ($6.3 million), ‘Pixels’ ($5.4 million) and ‘Southpaw’ ($4.8 million).