Tom Cruise’s star power was no match for Pennywise, as It beat out newcomer American Made with another #1 showing at the box office. It, which has already made over $291 million domestically, took in $17.3 million while American Made collected $17.016 million. Kingsman: The Golden Circle was just a fraction behind with a $17 million showing. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. It – $17.3 million.
2. American Made – Though its $17.016 million places it behind It, the movie has already amassed over $64 million internationally.
3. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $17 million
4. The LEGO Ninjago Movie – Not as popular as the previous LEGO films, but it still takes in $12 million.
5. Flatliners – Unnecessary remake is dead on arrival with a $6.7 million debut.
6. Battle of the Sexes – $3.4 million
7. American Assassin – $3.3 million
8. Home Again – Reese Witherspoon comedy has been a box office disappointment with a domestic gross of $25 million. Flick makes $1.75 million this weekend.
9.Til Death Do Us Part – $1.56 million
10. mother! – Jennifer Lawrence film fails to catch fire at the box office with just $1.46 million.
Put Tom Cruise in a movie with an airplane in it, and good things happen. Obviously, Top Gun was one of the defining movies of Cruise’s career, with him flying military jets. And there was that electrifying opening sequence in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. (Believe it or not, he did all of his own stunts in that scene!) Cruise takes to the air once again in American Made, a movie based on the real-life story of Barry Seal, an airline pilot-turned-government operative-turned-drug runner. Since it’s based on actual events, Cruise wanted the film to feel as realistic as possible, so he insisted that all of the flying scenes be done with actual airplanes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Cruise)
When you make a movie with Tom Cruise, you’re not just getting an actor. On most of his projects, he doubles as a producer, a stuntman, and numerous other roles behind the camera. While some trade papers ran stories blasting Cruise for the amount of creative control he exercised on The Mummy, we can tell you from personal experience that Cruise is passionate about making the best possible movie he can. (And his track record shows that he’s successful far more often than he isn’t.) He told us that, in making the new drama American Made, his passions once again pushed him into uncharted territory, and that excites him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Cruise)
The Mummy may have crashed and burned, but will Tom Cruise fly high once again with his new movie, American Made? It’s a biopic based on the real-life story of Barry Seal, who left his job as an airline pilot and, after being recruited for covert government missions in Central America, wound up smuggling for the infamous Medellin cartel. So, will a movie about a drug-runner be a big score or a bust for Cruise? Take a look at a preview for the film, and let us know what you think!
Although this summer was lackluster when it came to box office receipts, there were several standouts among the array of disappointments and misfires. Leading the pack was Wonder Woman, a film that proves female driven action films (with a comic book origin) are great for business. Powered by Gal Gadot’s standout performance and Patty Jenkins’ solid direction, Wonder Woman topped the summer films with over a domestic haul of over $408 million.
It was also a solid summer for Sony thanks to Spider-Man: Homecoming’s $324 million domestic gross. After the lackluster reception from the two previous Spidey movies, Tom Holland has brought fresh blood and excitement to the franchise (something Andrew Garfield failed to do).
Director Christopher Nolan is one of cinema’s most revered storytellers, and his IMAX driven Dunkirk made $178 million domestically and in effect beating out two tried and true franchises (Transformers: The Last Knight made just $130 million and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales collected $172 million)
The summer’s biggest disappointment was the Tom Cruise headlined The Mummy, a film which was supposed to jump start Universal’s “Dark Universe” series. With just $80 million in domestic receipts, The Mummy underperformed.
With the Labor Day Weekend’s ticket sales being its lowest since 1998, this has been a lackluster summer for moviegoing, but thankfully Wonder Woman is here to stay.