This weekend the final superhero film of the year opened and didn't impress the majority of critics or audiences, but did it make a big enough splash at the Box Office? Here are the TOP 5 projected weekend numbers in the US courtesy of Box Office Mojo:
1) Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - $29.4 Million
The Tom Cruise lead action blockbuster impressed both critics and audiences when it opened last week and over performed at the Box Office but many of us bet on Fantastic Four taking over the #1 spot, but America....you've done the world proud. Making Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation the #1 movie for two weeks in a row. I assume the great word of mouth and repeat viewings did MI5 a real solid.
2) Fantastic Four - $26.2 Million
Well, well, well. This is a pity. Or is it? The Fantastic Four reboot didn't manage to whip up enough excitement in it's marketing and absolutely bombed with critics scoring a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes making it one of the worst reviewed superhero films of all time. The film was originally tracking to do about $50 Million on it's opening weekend so it's more than safe to call this a failure. But in my opinion, the movie didn't even deserve this.
I don't normally like to see any movie do bad business but Fantastic Four really did get under my skin, it just wasn't a good film. It was made purely so that Fox may hold onto the rights of the franchise instead of letting them revert back over to Marvel, and whilst director Josh Trank had an interesting vision for the film (one that he claims the studio have ripped out of the film), this was a heartless, cold and utterly disappointing picture. Fox had plans for a sequel and a Fantastic Four/X-Men crossover, but now we can safely assume those plans have been scrapped.
3) The Gift - $12 Million
Perhaps the weekend's most intriguing release was Joel Edgerton's directorial debut; The Gift. A creepy thriller than I'm absolutely dying to see, hopefully I'll have a review up in the next couple of days. I loved the look of the film and was worried that it might not make it into the TOP 5 this weekend but thankfully it has, making a respectable $12 Million. The film has been certified fresh with 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film had a budget of $5 Million and will probably go on to make some good money in the next few weeks thanks to great word of mouth.
4) Vacation - $9.1 Million
The Vacation reboot didn't go over well with critics and under performed on it's opening this week but it's managed to stay in the TOP 5. The film releases in the UK August 21st.
5) Ant-Man - $7.8 Million
Marvel's Ant-Man hasn't been the Box Office smash that some of it's counterparts have been but it was never intended to be a Billion dollar hit. Ant-Man has grossed just over $300 Million worldwide so far and whilst it deserves much more, that isn't exactly a bad sum of money for such an obscure title.
What movies did you see over the weekend? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @JamesPorter97