Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation′ Notches Series-High Opening Weekend with $52 Million!

Tom Cruise actioner “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” generated $20 million at the Friday box office, marking the biggest opening day in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise.

The Paramount/Skydance release is on track to pull in about $52 million for the weekend in its 3,956 locations, according to studio estimates. The fifth installment in the series, written and directed by Chris Mcquarrie, finds Cruise facing off against a squad of special agents known as the Syndicate. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson also star.MISSION IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION

“This is the rare sequel that leaves its franchise feeling not exhausted but surprisingly resurgent at 19 years and counting,” Variety‘s review says of the pic. Cruise has already announced plans for a sixth film.

“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” the previous pic in the series, pulled in $209 million in the U.S. and $485 million internationally. The first four “Mission: Impossible” films have totaled more than $2 billion in worldwide grosses.

The “Vacation” remake pulled in $4.5 million in 3,411 locations on Friday night, bringing its cumulative gross to $10.8 million since bowing on Wednesday. The laffer is expected to make about $13 million in the three-day frame

New Line’s “Vacation,” made on a $31 million budget, bows 32 years after the original trip to Walley World. Helms plays the grown-up Rusty Griswold, who plans a trip to the theme park with his wife, played by Christina Applegate, and their children. Chris Hemsworth also stars.

Also bowing this weekend is drama “The End of the Tour,” which stars Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as the reporter tasked with profiling the author. The A24 release made $44,000 in four locations Friday night.

Holdovers “Ant-Man,” “Minions” and “Pixels” each generated about $3 million in Friday receipts.

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‘San Andreas’ Shakes Up the Box Office!

The earthquake disaster movie easily took the top spot at the box office, grossing an estimated $53.2 million and surpassing expectations that had predicted an opening in the $40-million range. Dwayne Johnson stars as a rescue pilot who springs into action when the San Andreas fault line ruptures and sets off cataclysmic natural disasters across the country.

The movie’s opening gives Mr. Johnson, who first came to fame as professional wrestler “The Rock,” his best debut as a solo star. It is his second hit of the summer after “Furious 7.”

The performance of “San Andreas” shows he is a “four-quadrant, bigger-than-life movie star,” said Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at the Time Warner Inc.-owned studio.

Warner Bros.’s New Line label joined with Village Roadshow Pictures on the movie, which cost about $110 million to make.

Given the movie’s graphic destruction of Los Angeles and San Francisco, some industry observers wondered if “San Andreas” would hit too close to home for California audiences who live in fear of “the big one.” But Mr. Fellman said those “naysayers” were proven wrong: 19 of the movie’s top 20 grossing theaters were on the West Coast.

International audiences have been particularly drawn to disaster movies in the past. Recent apocalyptic epics like “2012” and “Battle: Los Angeles” overperformed in overseas markets. “San Andreas” appears to be following suit, grossing $60 million overseas this weekend. So far, it has opened in 60 markets that typically account for about half the international box office.

The weekend’s other new wide release, “Aloha,” starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, barely got a chance to say hello. The Cameron Crowe movie from Sony Corp.’s Sony Pictures Entertainment opened in sixth place with a weak $10 million. Mr. Cooper stars as a defense contractor working on a weapons satellite program who falls for an Air Force pilot played by Ms. Stone.

“Aloha” fell behind a quartet of holdovers—“Pitch Perfect 2,” “Tomorrowland,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Of those four, “Tomorrowland” appears to be falling off the map fastest—the George Clooney fantasy from Walt Disney Co. fell 58% in its second week. “Aloha” has been hit with bad buzz since last year, when leaked emails from Sony executives showed some of the studio’s top brass criticizing the movie.

Neither “San Andreas” nor “Aloha” got much love from critics; the latter was hit with particularly scathing reviews. Audiences, however, gave “San Andreas” a strong “A-” grade, according to the market research firm CinemaScore. “Aloha” received a “B-.”

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New Superman trailer ‘Man of Steel’ arrives!

The internet is buzzing with news of the latest trailer for what may be the biggest film of the summer.

Man of Steel is the latest installment in the seemingly never-ending Superman franchise — and, from what we can see here, it may be the strongest it has seen in decades.

Most exciting is who is behind the cameras: director Zack Snyder — who has previously proved his comic book-adaptation mettle with 300 and Watchmen — and producer/story writer Christopher Nolan, who did a brilliant job rebooting the Batman franchise.

The trailer is a big one, at three minutes long, and shows baby Kal-El’s beginnings on Krypton, his arrival on Earth, his childhood, and his transformation into the disaster-averting, lycra-clad, flying superhero we all know.

It also features a tantalising tease of Hans Zimmer’s film score and we learn what the “S” on Superman’s chest stands for… and it’s not “Superman”.

The film boasts a seriously impressive cast, with British actor Henry Cavill (The Tudors) starring as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent, Michael Shannon as General Zod and Laurence Fishburne as Daily Planet editor Perry White.

Man of Steel is due to be released on June 14

Fast & Furious 6 First Teaser Trailer Released!

Universal Pictures released the first proper teaser trailer for the 6th installment of the ultra successful Fast and Furious franchise during this year’s Super Bowl. Once again a bunch of cool guys who drive fast cars get into lots of trouble dealing with a heist of some sort. Only this time, they appear to be with the good guys. That means Vin Diesel and The Rock are on the same side.

You will also get the usual dose of high speed chases, massive crashes, incredible fire fights, and bootilicious chicks. Fast 6 also includes Gina Carano. Think of that as an added bonus!

Plot: Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. 

Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again. 

Building on the worldwide blockbuster success of Fast Five and taking the action, stunts and narrative to even greater heights, Fast & Furious 6 sees director Justin Lin back behind the camera for the fourth time. He is supported by longtime producers Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel, who welcome producer Clayton Townsend back to the series.

Box Office Report: Arnold “The Last Stand” Terminated by ‘Mama’ !

In a box office upset, new horror pic Mama — starring Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain — is easily winning the long Martin Luther King weekend and badly beating two films packing plenty of male heat, the Mark WahlbergRussell Crowe action-thriller Broken City and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand.

Mama, from Universal, is projected to top the four-day holiday weekend with a better-than-expected $33.2 million after taking in $28.1 million for the three-day stretch.

Broken City is expected to gross $10 million for the four-day weekend after a disappointing three-day take of $9 million. The movie, from Emmett/Furla Films and New Regency, received dismal reviews, although it earned a B CinemaScore. Broken Cityall but tied with holdover Gangster Squad for No. 4.

From Lionsgate, Last Stand came in at a lackluster No. 9 after earning $6.3 million for the three-day weekend. The gun-laden action pic, which is expected to gross $7.4 million for the four days, marks Schwarzenegger’s first leading role since 2003 and doesn’t bode well for the actor’s planned return to stardom. Nearly 80 percent of the audience was over the age of 25.

Chastain has plenty of reason to celebrate — Sony and Annapurna’s Zero Dark Thirty is holding at No. 2 with a three-day gross of $17.6 million and a projected four-day take of $21.4 million. That gives her the top two spots at the domestic box office.

Zero Dark Thirty is one of four Oscar best picture contenders enjoying a noticeable bump from awards attention. David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook is the weekend’s most noticeable example as it expanded nationwide, grossing $11.4 million to come in No. 3 and pushing its total to $56 million.

Silver Linings is expected to take in $14.2 million for the four-day holiday weekend in a major victory for The Weinstein Co. Many box office observers thought Harvey Weinstein made a fatal mistake in deciding not to open the film nationwide in November, opting instead of a limited run.

Mama prospered thanks to young females; women and teenage girls made up 61 percent of the audience, while an impressive 63 percent of the audience was under the age of 25. The horror pic, made for a modest $15 million, is clearly benefiting from its PG-13 rating.

Conversely, Broken City and Last Stand had to compete for older males (78 percent of Broken City’saudience also was over the age of 25).

Here are the full results for the weekend of Jan. 18-20 at domestic box office (* denotes Oscar best-picture contender). Final numbers for the four-day holiday weekend will be released Monday.

Title, Weeks in release/theater count, studio, three-day weekend total, cume

1. Mama 1/2,647, Universal, $28.1 million.

2. *Zero Dark Thirty, 5/2,946, Sony/Annapurna, $28.1 million, $55.9 million.

3. *Silver Linings Playbook, 10/2,523, The Weinstein Co., $11.4 million, $55.3 million.

4. Gangster Squad, 2/3,103, Warner Bros., $9.1 million, $32.2 million.

5. Broken City, 1/2,620, Fox/New Regency, $9 million.

6. A Haunted House, 2/2,160, Open Road Films/IM Global, $8.3 million, $30 million.

7. *Django Unchained, 4/3,012, The Weinstein Co., $8.2 million, $138.4 million.

8. *Les Miserables, 4/2,579, Universal, $7.8 million , $130.3 million.

9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 6/2,323, Warner Bros./New Line, $6.4 million, $287.4 million.

0. The Last Stand, 10/2,027, Lionsgate$6.3 million.