Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible

The fifth instalment of Mission: Impossible, which stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, took in $29.4 million over the weekend

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation outdid Fantastic Four at the weekend in US ticket sales.

The fifth instalment of the action spy movie franchise, which sees Tom Cruise portraying butt-kicking character Ethan Hunt, took in $29.4 million at American theatres between Friday, 7 August and Sunday, 9 August, according to Box Office Mojo.

Don't miss Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer that features the original fantastic four ensemble of Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd, on Monday, 17 August at 18:00 on M-Net Movies Showcase.

Rogue Nation was released in the US on 31 July and the flick has now topped the weekend US ticket sales for the second time in a row. Domestically the feature, directed by filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, has earned a total of over $108 million and its worldwide gross profits calculate to $265 million so far.

Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg also star in Rogue Nation, which is now showing in 58 territories across the globe.

Highly anticipated Marvel Comics superhero film Fantastic Four did not do as well as anticipated, having brought in just $26.2 million at its debut over the weekend. Although the domestic total for the 20th Century Fox production is disappointing, the flick’s international profits are even more dismal.

Fantastic Four is airing in 43 territories and has only accrued $34.1 million in foreign markets, making its worldwide sales to date $60.3 million. The movie, which stars Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan, was directed by Josh Trank with a budget of $120 million.

Fantastic Four has been largely panned by critics and filmgoers gave the movie a a C- via CinemaScore, the worst rating on record for a superhero flick released by a large studio.

Mystery thriller The Gift came in third, having earned just over $12 million. The low budget film helmed by Joel Edgerton, who also wrote the script, is about a young married couple whose lives suddenly turn scary after a creepy person from the past starts sending harrowing gifts. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall stars in The Gift, which was made with a budget of $5 million.