Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office Preview: 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' to Challenge 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel

Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office Preview: 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' to Challenge 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel

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Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation also set to debut in UK.

After two sizable debuts in consecutive weeks at the UK box office - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again with £9.7m last week and Incredibles 2 with £9.5m the week before - two more titles will be looking to make a splash this weekend.

‘Mission: Impossible - Fallout’

Paramount’s Mission: Impossible - Fallout is riding the crest of a wave of positive reviews, with Screen’s own calling it a “thrilling franchise topper”. Despite being the sixth entry in the long-running Tom Cruise-fronted Mission Impossible series, the possibility of franchise fatigue should be vanquished by the good buzz, and its studio will be hoping the film can top the opening of the previous entry in the series, Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation, which began with £5.4m in July 2015.

The franchise benchmark remains Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which opened with a hefty £8.2m in December 2011. The renewed good weather in the UK could prevent Fallout from getting near that total, but strong word of mouth may lead to a long tail.

Also battling the sunshine will be Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation, which will be looking to make a similar splash to the film’s North American bow, where it has already passed the $100m mark after opening with $44.1m.

The first film in the then-unknown series opened with a soft £1.7m in 2012, maxing out on £8.3m, but its sequel posted a more impressive £6.3m debut and ended on £20.7m. The third film will be looking to replicate the latter success, though it faces stiff competition in the family space from Disney holdover Incredibles 2, which was up to £22.4m after its second weekend. …

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