‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ tops the box office with franchise-best debut

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L-R: Henry Cavill, Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson in “Mission: Impossible -- Fallout”; Chiabella James/© 2018 Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Paramount's Mission: Impossible -- Fallout topped the weekend box office, earning an estimated $61.5 million -- the largest three-day opening in the history of the franchise, topping Mission: Impossible II's $57.8 million debut back in 2000.

It also marks Paramount's largest opening since 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' $65.5 million, and the second-largest opening weekend for Fallout's star, Tom Cruise.  His best opening remains 2005's War of the Worlds, which debuted with $64.8 million domestically.

Overseas, Mission: Impossible -- Fallout delivered an estimated $92 million -- 19 percent better than Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation, making it also the biggest international opening in the franchise's history.

Mama Mia! Here We Go Again finished in second place it's second week out with an estimated $15 million, followed by The Equalizer 2, dropping from first to third in week two with an estimated $14 million.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation landed in fourth place, earning an estimated $12.3 million, bringing its total stateside to just under $20 million in its third week of release.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies was a no-go in its opening weekend. DC Comics' animated superhero comedy featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Will Arnett and Kristen Bell rounds out the top five with a much lower-than-expected $10.5 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated box office:

1. Mission: Impossible, Fallout, $61.5 million
2. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, $15 million
3. The Equalizer 2, $14 million
4. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, $12.3 million
5. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, $10.5 million
6. Ant-Man and the Wasp 2, $8.4 million
7. Incredibles 2, $7.157 million
8. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, $6.775 million
9. Skyscraper, $5.4 million
10. The First Purge, $2.2 million

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