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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, a solid summer action flick, debuted at number one while making one of the stronger openings for the franchise. With a $56 million debut, Rogue Nation is the second highest start for a Mission: Impossible entry, narrowly missing Mission: Impossible II's $57.8 million opening in 2000.
That total is a little less impressive when you consider that average ticket prices today are almost 50% higher than they were fifteen years ago. But the latest franchise entry still opened stronger than other PG-13 action franchise entries this year including The Divergent Series: Insurgent ($52 million), Taken 3 ($39 million) and Terminator: Genisys ($27 million).
The sequel/remake no one wanted, Vacation, got off to a weak start, banking just $14 million for a distant second place. Add in the $7 million it earned from its early Wednesday opening, and you've got a start that puts the movie in danger of making little more overall than the $61 million its original, National Lampoon's Vacation, did back in 1983 when average ticket prices were less than half what they are today.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: