Universal Picture's new biopic cost only $29 million to produce and marked its sixth film so far this year that debuted with more than $50 million in sales. Universal is a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast(CMCSA) - Get Report.
Second on the list this weekend was Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, totaling $17 million. Starring Tom Cruise, the spy movie captured $140 million in sales since its July 31 debut.
"Tom Cruise does it again as Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation maintained the overall number one position both worldwide and in the international territories for the third consecutive weekend," said Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak's senior media analyst. "The fifth in the franchise, this Mission is now closing in on the $400 million mark globally."
Coming in at No. 3 was The Man From U.N.C.L.E. from Warner Bros., which brought in $13.5 million. That's a far cry from its reported $75 million production budget. The action film takes place during the Cold War. Warner Bros. is owned by Time Warner (TWX) .
Shares of movie studios Comcast, Viacom and Time Warner, posted slight gains on Monday. Disney shares rose 1.2% in midday trading.