It hasn’t had the best time with reviews (read our review here), but tracking for the reboot/sequel to National Lampoon’s Vacation was looking to be quite promising. The movie had a three-day release prior to its opening weekend, but it still couldn’t bring in the big bucks.
Shown in just over 3,400 screens in the US, Vacation only managed to bring in $14.8 million. With the extra day’s takings, the movie currently sits at $21.2 million domestically, which has to be seen as a disappointment for Warner Bros. who had expected a huge opening for the movie. It didn’t help that Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation took a whopping $56 million.
It’s not all bad news. Vacation is yet to open in any other markets and its reported budget was $35 million, so it will likely make its money back as early as next weekend.
The next generation of Griswolds is at it again. “Vacation,” starring Ed Helms (“The Hangover” films) and Christina Applegate (the “Anchorman” films), takes the family on the road for another ill-fated adventure. Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World.
Vacation is set for release on July 29th in the US and August 21st in the UK, with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) making their directorial debut alongside a cast that includes Ed Helms (The Hangover), Christina Applegate (Anchorman), Skyler Gisondo (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb), Steele Stebbins (A Haunted House 2), Leslie Mann (This Is 40), Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses 2), Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World), Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie), Nick Kroll (The League), Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Michael Peña (American Hustle) and original Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.