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Box Office Report: Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It...

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | July 17, 2023 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | July 17, 2023 |


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It’s the middle of Summer and it feels like we’re still waiting for that undisputed movie hit of the season. A lot of the franchise fare has fizzled upon arrival or struggled to make the money needed to break even. There are exceptions but nothing feels like a safe bet right now, and it’s only going to get shakier now that the actors have joined the writers on the picket line. Hopes were high for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, the latest installment in the M:I franchise that has exceeded expectations, critical and commercial, with each new film. Reviews were extremely strong for this one, and the post-Top Gun: Maverick boost for another nostalgic Tom Cruise vehicle seemed likely. It’s not quite played out like that.

With a respectable $56.2 million opening weekend, it currently has a domestic gross of just over $80 million. The reported budget is $291 million. Again, why are movies so expensive now?! I’m not sure why American audiences aren’t clinging to this one, especially since it shares so much DNA with what made the public go wild for Maverick. But rest assured, the international market is all on board for Tom Cruise’s latest death wish. Currently, its worldwide gross is over $235 million. Remember, Top Gun: Maverick was a major hit but it was still a slow burn. People came to it after weeks of positive word-of-mouth and it stayed in theatres for months. Can Dead Reckoning replicate that success? Well, there’s a hot pink explosion on the horizon so we’ll see.

The weekend box office revealed something highly intriguing today. Pixar’s Elemental opened soft but it’s stuck around in the top five since its release and has crossed $125.2 million domestic. The other film that was released that week was The Flash, and that’s not doing so hot. It’s currently languishing at number 13 on the list, behind Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken, with a total domestic gross of $106.8 million. It could lose Warner Bros. Discovery over $200 million and become one of its biggest ever flops. Things are so bad that they’re now shilling The Flash NFTs. Suffer, Zaslav.

In limited news: cozy drama The Miracle Club earned $679,976 (how neat!) from 678 cinemas; the comedy Theater Camp grossed $270,000 from six locations; the anime movie Psycho-Pass: Providence brought in $210,000 from 419 theatres; German drama Afire made $39,200 from only four cinemas; the ice hockey documentary Black Ice grossed $26,225 from 144 locations; and the musical documentary Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd made $6,015 from one cinema.

This coming week sees the long-awaited box office dual of the year. Yes, it’s finally time for Barbie versus Oppenheimer!

You can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.