Box Office: Mission Impossible lifts weekend, accounts for nearly 50% of tickets

Mediaweek editor James Manning rounds up this weeks box office from August 2-5.

Tom Cruise hasn’t been nearly as potent at the box office in recent years as he has in the past.

However, the combo of Cruise and the Mission: Impossible franchise has helped box office climb 6% over the weekend.

The top 20 movies managed to earn $13.20m, slightly better than last weekend.

There were two new releases in the top five. The big earners Mamma Mia 2 and Ant-Man And The Wasp (which have earned $35m between them) are still performing in the top five.

#1 Mission: Impossible – Fallout $6.21m


The Mission: Impossible franchise seems like it has been going forever. This is the sixth movie in the series and it proves star Tom Cruise can still be a potent box office force. Fallout opened on 616 screens with a screen average of $10,089.

#2 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again $2.48m

After two weeks on top, Mamma Mia 2 slipped one place yet still managed close to another $2.5m, pushing its total after three weekends to $16.58m. Screens showing the musical were down 134 to 397.

#3 The Equalizer 2 $854,000

Ticket sales dropped 54% on its third weekend with total gross to-date of $7.18m.

#4 Ant-Man And The Wasp $579,000

After five weekends the Marvel movie hangs on in the top five with a total to-date of $18.78m.

#5 The Wife $531,000

The Glenn Close drama opened on 158 screens with a screen average of $3,363.

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