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Box office: Mission: Impossible clings to top spot for second week; Black Panther passes $700 million domestically

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Aug 5, 2018

Much like its main character, Ethan Hunt, Mission: Impossible - Fallout is still clinging on to the top of the proverbial box-office cliff, with an estimated $35 million domestically, report outlets like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. So far, the sixth Mission: Impossible installment has taken in around $100 million in North America and just over $116 million internationally, according to Box Office Mojo.

Meanwhile, Disney's nostalgia-fest in Christopher Robin will take second place, with an estimated $27 million from 3,602 theaters during its weekend debut. The movie stars Ewan McGregor as a grown-up version of the titular character, who must rediscover the joys of childhood when his old friend Winnie-the-Pooh shows up with Eeyore, Piglet, Owl, and the rest of the citizens from the Hundred Acre Wood.

In last place this week is the YA/dystopian thriller The Darkest Minds, with a modest $6 million from 3,127 theaters. Based on  Alexandra Bracken's book of the same name and directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3), the film has been criticized for its uninspired rehash of every dystopia trope in the book that might have been more relevant a few years back. Unfortunately, the X-Men/Hunger Games mashup from the producers of Arrival and Stranger Things won't be making a big splash during its first weekend at the box office. 

And lastly, Marvel Studios' Black Panther passed an amazing milestone this weekend when it passed $700 million at the domestic box office less than six months after its theatrical release, writes THR. It's only the third movie in history to surpass that benchmark, after Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Internationally, Black Panther made well over $1 billion.


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