Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation soars to the top of the box office

The early weekend numbers are in and, as expected, it wasn’t an impossible mission for Tom Cruise to scale some impressive heights at the box office this weekend. Here’s what went down:

imageMission: Impossible Rogue Nation had the second best opening ever for a Mission: Impossible film, debuting in first place with an estimated $55 million, just $2 million shy of M:I2 ‘s $57 million debut. Critics and audiences have both given the movie high marks, and Cruise is already talking about getting to work on a sixth film in a franchise that shows no signs of slowing down.

As for the rest of the top five, audiences skipped out on Vacation, with the filming bringing in an estimated $14.9 million, way off the $30 million mark industry observers initially placed it at. Minions and Marvel’s Ant-Man have been duking it out for third place; the former will likely claim it with $12.3 million, with the latter right behind it in fourth with $12.2 million. Finally, Adam Sandler’s Pixels will close things out in fifth with an estimated $10.3 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Misson: Impossible Rogue Nation – $60 million
2) Vacation – $16 million
3) Ant-Man – $15 million
4) Minions – $12 million
5) Pixels – $11 million

And here are the early weekend estimates:

1) Misson: Impossible Rogue Nation – $55 million
2) Vacation – $14.9 million
3) Minions – $12.3 million
4) Ant-Man – $12.2 million
5) Pixels – $10.3 million

Next weekend sees the release of the anticapted and potentially controversial Fantastic Four reboot. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.

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