|Jul 29, 1983||National Lampoon’s Vacation||$15,000,000||$8,333,358||$61,400,000||$61,400,000|
|Jul 26, 1985||National Lampoon's European Vacation||$12,329,627||$49,400,000||$49,400,000|
|Dec 1, 1989||National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation||$11,750,203||$71,319,546||$71,319,546|
|Feb 14, 1997||Vegas Vacation||$12,837,927||$36,470,465||$36,470,465|
|Jul 29, 2015||Vacation||$31,000,000||$14,681,108||$58,884,188||$100,655,892||Play|
Box Office History for National Lampoon's Vacation Movies
|Oct 13, 2015||Vacation||$6,299,911||$3,899,508||$10,199,419|
August 4th, 2015
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation matched expectations close enough to call it a victory. Meanwhile, Vacation came within 10% of Friday's predictions, but unfortunately, we weren't predicting box office success, so that's not a good thing. With the holdovers slumping as summer ends, the overall box office dipped 3.2% from last weekend. That's not the problem. The problem is the 21% drop-off from the same weekend last year. Granted, Guardians of the Galaxy broke records when it opened this weekend last year, but a 21% drop-off is still troublesome. 2015 still leads 2014 by a substantial margin at $6.67 billion to $6.25 billion, so unless 2015 really crashes, it will still have a lead going into the winter holidays.
July 1st, 2015
June was a much better month than expected due to two films, Jurassic World and Inside Out. Had those two films merely matched expectations, then 2015 would have likely fallen behind 2014. As for this coming month, there are five weekends in July and each week there is at least one film with the potential to reach $100 million. Most weeks there are two films that at least have a shot at getting to the century mark. The biggest hit of the month will likely be Minions, which has already opened in several international markets and it's ahead of Despicable Me 2 at the same point. That film made more than $300 million and nearly $1 billion worldwide, so any growth would be fantastic. There are also a number of potential $200 million films, led by Ant-man. Ant-man is the latest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that has averaged $300 million domestically over eleven films and all of the past six films have reached at least $200 million. I'm not saying this one is guaranteed to do the same, but you can't dismiss that possibility. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Pixels have smaller chances to get to $200 million, but you have to at least entertain the possibility. Additionally, last July was a lot weaker than this July looks to be, so 2015 should win in the year-over-year comparison most weeks. Or I might have let the box office success of June cloud my judgment. We will soon find out.
Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|Chevy Chase||5||Clark Wilhelm Griswold, Jr.||$319,245,903||$1,286,150,726||24.8%|
|Beverly D'Angelo||5||Ellen Griswold||$319,245,903||$783,028,111||40.8%|
|Randy Quaid||3||Cousin Eddie||$169,190,011||$1,943,280,070||8.7%|
|Brian Doyle-Murray||2||Mr. Frank Shirley||$132,719,546||$2,282,603,503||5.8%|
Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least 2 movies of the franchise.
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