‘Mission: Impossible’ debuts with $80M over five days, igniting box office

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After a worldwide hype by star Tom Cruise, “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part 1” set a series-best box office record of $80 million in five days, but only 5,620 at the box office. $10,000 fell short of industry expectations. The studio estimates a weekend of 3 days.

The Paramount Pictures debut was boosted by international sales of $155 million from 70 markets. But while Dead Reckoning was one of the best global openings of the year for its $235 million worldwide release, Dead Reckoning is still the best out of last summer’s top film, Top Gun: Maverick. It didn’t reach high speed.

Dead Reckoning Part 1, the seventh installment in the 27-year-old series, was expected to surpass the series’ highest-grossing predecessor, Fallout, which opened in 2018 with $61 million domestically. On the contrary, the box office revenue also declined. That’s nowhere near the $57.8 million for 2000’s Mission: Impossible II.

This puts the film’s opening weekend at the box office in theaters in the United States and Canada, where it opened in theaters in the United States and Canada and opened in theaters in the United States and Canada. The dial is very close to the number. Paramount and Skydance had high hopes for Dead Reckoning, a spectacular action flick with a production budget of $290 million, excluding marketing costs.

These costs were inflated, in part, by the pandemic. Christopher McQuarrie’s Dead Reckoning was one of the first major productions to be canceled due to COVID-19. Preparations were underway to shoot in Italy in March 2020. Once the film got back on track, McCully and Cruise helped usher in an industry-wide recovery to the set, despite well-known friction over protocol along the way.

Still, “Dead Reckoning” was hailed as the high point of the series. Critics (96% fresh for him on Rotten Tomatoes) and fans (Cinema Score ‘A’) alike came home in awe of the stunts and chases in the latest installment, Mission: Impossible. With Barbie and Oppenheimer’s long-awaited debut, Barbenheimer’s next round of competition looming, Mission: Impossible is set to do well in the coming weeks.

“It’s a global franchise. It’s a gangbuster and it’s going to run for a long time. In the end, quality always wins,” said Chris Aronson, head of distribution at Paramount.

Aronson said “Dead Reckoning” met or exceeded the studio’s expectations.

“In international markets, similar markets, we’re 15% ahead of Fallout, and it’s overtaking China,” Aronson added. “Domestic, we outperformed Fallout by more than 3% in the first five days. To beat its predecessor, especially in this environment, is phenomenal.”

Last year’s so-called movie theater savior, Cruise, continued his tireless journey to reinvigorate a sluggish summer at the box office. After a glitzy world premiere in Rome on the red carpet of the Spanish Steps, Cruise and McCurry stunned theaters in Atlanta, Miami, Toronto and Washington, D.C. days before its release.

Dead Reckoning hit theaters during Hollywood’s crucial midsummer season, and not just because of the SAG-AFTRA strike that began on Thursday. ‘Mission: Impossible’ came out a week ahead of him in the biggest box office showdown of the year.

“Dead Reckoning” and “Oppenheimer” are vying for a piece of the same IMAX screen, but each film publicly supports the idea that a rising tide will lift every blockbuster. Cruise and McQuarrie even bought open-weekend tickets to both “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” in early July. “Barbie” director Greta Gerwig and “Oppenheimer” director Christopher Nolan also responded with their respective attitudes of support.

But whether or not these three films make it through the next few weeks will determine the fate of the summer’s box office.

“The coming weeks will be a critical time for the industry,” said Paul Dargarabedian, senior media analyst at data firm Comscore. “I think it’s going to be a fun reinvigoration at the box office, as some movies have been underperforming. Really, this week the summer movie season resumes, leading from ‘Mission’ to ‘Babenheimer.’ .”

No other new wide release ventured into Mission: Impossible this weekend. In second place was Angel Studios’ faith-based political thriller The Sound of Freedom, with its second installment up 37% to $27 million. Child trafficking drama starring Jim Cavizir.

Last week’s top movie, “Insidious: The Red Door,” dropped to third place after earning $13 million in its second week of release. “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate” plunged sharply to $12 million in its third weekend, bringing its domestic box office to date to $145.4 million.

In a limited release, Searchlight Pictures’ mockumentary “Theater Camp” opened in six theaters in New York and Los Angeles for $270,000.

Estimated ticket sales Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final national statistics will be released on Monday.

  1. “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part 1,” $56.2 million.
  2. “Sound of Freedom,” $27 million.
  3. “Insidious: Red Door,” $13 million.
  4. “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate,” $12 million.
  5. “Elemental,” $8.7 million;
  6. “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” $6.1 million.
  7. Transformers: Rise of the Beast, $3.4 million.
  8. “No Hard Feelings,” $3.3 million.
  9. “Joy Ride” $2.6 million.
  10. “The Little Mermaid” $2.4 million.

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