The success of Paramount Pictures: Mission Impossible: Fallout, along with the little enthusiasm for Christopher Robin of Walt Disney Co., made the result was little seen: a Disney film debuting in second place.
Tom Cruise beat Winnie-the-Pooh at the box office to direct all films for the second consecutive week with an estimated $ 35 million in ticket sales for Mission Impossible – Fallout. The success of the sixth installment of Paramount Pictures’ Mission Impossible, along with the enthusiastic enthusiasm for Christopher Robin of Walt Disney Co., made the result unseen: a Disney film debuting in second place.
In a year where the studio has already scored three $ 1 trillion movies around the world (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and, starting this week, Incredibles 2), Winnie’s most modest live-action revival -the-Pooh opened with a ho-hum 25 million dollars. As a reminder that Christopher Robin was a minor release for Disney, Black Panther on Sunday became the third film to cross $ 700 million nationally, a feat previously only achieved by Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Made for an estimated $ 75 million, by Marc Forster Christopher Robin starring Ewan McGregor as adult Christopher Robin to meet the beloved characters of the Hundred Acre Forest: Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and the rest (which are digitally processed but felt – convincing I like it). Although the reviews were mixed, the audience gave it a score of “A” CinemaScore.
Cathleen Taff, Disney’s distribution director, said there is room for unimportant releases on Disney’s list. “It’s one of our smaller films and it’s really focused on character and emotion,” Taff said. “We are happy with where we are and we believe that it has some clues being one of the only family options in the future.”
Taff confirmed that Christopher Robin has been denied a launch in China, blocking the launch of the second largest film market in the world. While China does not provide any reason for films it does not select for its cinemas, government sensors have been recently blocking images of Winnie-the-Pooh after bloggers began using it to parody Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The summer-end success of Mission: Impossible, which has grossed $ 124.5 million so far along with $ 205 million internationally, is helping to consolidate a summer return for Hollywood. The summer box office has increased 10.6 percent since the lowest low season last year, according to comScore, and ticket sales to date have increased by 8 percent.
“As we get closer to what is almost always the slowest month at the summer box office, we have a good momentum,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst at comScore. “With an increase of 10.6 percent over the summer of last year, we will maintain a solid lead when we reach the end of the month.”
Not all the news was great. Comedy continues to fight at the box office. The action comedy R-The Spy Who Dumped Me, starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, debuted in third place with 12.4 million dollars for Lionsgate.
And a couple of poorly reviewed publications went on sale throughout the country. The dystopian thriller of Fox, The Darkest Minds (19 percent “fresh” in Rotten Tomatoes), opened with 5.7 million dollars in 3,127 screens. And Death of a Nation, from the right-wing filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza (0 percent “fresh” in Rotten Tomatoes) debuted with $ 2.3 million in 1,032 screens.
Estimated ticket sales for Fridays and Sundays at American and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included from Friday to Sunday. The final national figures will be released on Monday.