Perhaps the biggest box-office news for us awards obsessives, the A24-distributed End of the Tour claims an estimated $126,459 from just four locations. If it continues to thrive, Jesse Eisenberg, screenwriter Donald Margulies, and director James Ponsoldt may find themselves in the Oscar convo alongside Jason Segel. Mr. Holmes drops out of the top 10 but crosses the $10 million mark. Will we see Ian McKellen on the campaign trail this year?
Looking at the bigger picture, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation steals an estimated $56 million for the top spot this weekend. This fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise exceeds the expected opening of about $50 million. Long story short, there’s no need to wonder if we’ll get another sequel.
Next in line is the dismal opening of Vacation. The reboot-or-sequel (depending on whom you ask) of the popular National Lampoon series apparently broke down at a rest stop; it snags an estimated $14.85 million over the weekend for a five-day total of about $21.17 million.
Ant-Man falls to third place after two weeks on top with an estimated $12.6 million. Meanwhile, Minions hits No. 11 for all-time animated films at the U.S. box office – not adjusted for inflation, of course – in its fourth weekend.
Next weekend, Meryl Streep leads Jonathan Demme’s music-heavy family drama Ricki and the Flash, scribed by Diablo Cody. (All the ingredients are there, but…) We also have the animated Shaun the Sheep Movie from Aardman, The Gift (supporting-actor hype for first-time director Joel Edgerton?), and the Fantastic Four reboot. GKIDS releases the animated Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in select locations.