• Three new releases in top five – weekend gross $10.12m
Three new releases drove the weekend box office to $10m with Vacation and Southpaw battling it out for top spot. Vacation narrowly grabbed top spot with what could be a modest rebirth of a movie franchise that started in 1983 with National Lampoon’s Vacation and then produced three movies in five years before spitting out one more in 1997 and then a TV spinoff in 2003 before Vacation took audiences back to Walley World this year. The movie took $1.65m on debut, generated from 299 screens at an average of $5,529.
The best screen average of the weekend belonged to Southpaw, the sports action movie which features Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer in a role that is generating talk of an Oscar nomination. The screen average was $8,020 and on 193 screens added up to $1.54m.
Trainwreck and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation both cracked $1m with the first now over $11m and the latter over $13m.
The third new arrival was Hitman: Agent 47 with ever dependable Rupert Friend in the title role who many will remember from his good work as Peter Quinn in Homeland. The action film opened on 180 screens and took $993,000.
The only other significant new release was the Woody Allen-directed mystery drama Irrational Man with $217,000 from 89 screens.
The highest grossing movies still on the chart are Minions and Inside Out with both just over $30m after 10 weeks.
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