Box Office: Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ Dominates with $56 Million

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Tom Cruise’s  “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” dominated the U.S. box office this weekend with an impressive $56 million at 3,956 locations.

The Paramount/Skydance tentpole generated $20.3 million at the Friday box office, setting an opening day mark for the sturdy franchise — and signaling that Cruise still carries plenty of star power. Saturday’s total hit $19.7 million.

The launch of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” outperformed forecasts by a significant margin. It had been on track for an opening weekend of $40 million, according to recent studio estimates.

It’s the third-largest opening for Cruise, following the $64.9 million launch for 2004’s “War of the Worlds” and $57.8 million for 2000’s “Mission: Impossible 2.”

“Rogue Nation” also opened in about 40% of international markets with $65 million, led by South Korea’s $17 million.

The fifth installment in the series, written and directed by Chris McQuarrie, finds Cruise facing off against a squad of special agents known as the Syndicate. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson also star.

“They have delivered a film that has such energy and excitement,” said Rob Moore, Pararmount Pictures’ vice chairman.

The exec noted that Cruise’s willingness to participate in the stunts — such as hanging onto the door of an Airbus A400 on takeoff — gave “Rogue Nation” an authenticity that resonated with audiences.

U.S. grosses from 369 Imax screens totaled $8.4 million, the third-best for a July domestic opening after “The Dark Knight Rises” and the final Harry Potter film. Premium large format outlets grossed another $7.3 million at 419 sites.

“Rogue Nation,” which carries a $150 million pricetag, is one of the rare studio tentpoles with a release date that was moved forward rather than backward. The original plan was to open on Christmas Day this year, but Moore noted that Cruise asked during filming — which started last August — if it could be moved up to avoid competing directly against Disney/Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opens Dec. 18, and James Bond’s “Spectre,” which launches Nov. 6.

The first four “Mission: Impossible” films have grossed over $2 billion. In 2011 “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” pulled in $209 million in the U.S. and $485 million internationally.

“Rogue Nation” took in more than triple the Friday-Sunday total of New Line’s “Vacation” reboot, which pulled in $14.9 million in 3,411 locations. The comedy, which launched Wednesday, has grossed $21.2 million in five days — below recent forecasts of $30 million.

Still, the R-rated “Vacation” is a low-risk entry for New Line, given its $31 million budget. Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth star. It generated an A- Cinemascore among audiences under 35.

Disney/Marvel’s third weekend of “Ant-Man” led the holdovers with $12.6 million at 3,322 sites for a $132.1 million domestic total. Universal’s fourth weekend of “Minions” followed with $12.2 million at 3,575 locations to lift its 24-day cume to $287.3 million.

Sony’s second weekend of Adam Sandler’s “Pixels” showed only moderate traction as the comedy slid 57% to $10.4 million at 3,725 theaters, bringing the 10-day total to $45.6 million. The Weinstein Co.’s second frame of Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Southpaw” also lost momentum, declining 55% to $7.5 million at 2,772 sites for a 10-day total of $31.6 million, as did Fox’s sophomore session of “Paper Towns,” which fell 64% to $4.6 million at 3,031 locations, pushing its 10-day total to $23.8 million.

A24’s “The End of the Tour,” which stars Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as the reporter tasked with profiling the author, launched impressively with $126,459 in four locations.

The overall box office for the weekend is down 21.7% compared with the same weekend a year ago, when Disney/Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” opened with a stunning $94.3 million weekend. But the total summer box office is a comfortable 12.5% ahead of last year with $3.6 billion through Sunday, according to Rentrak.

Overall box office is up 8.6% to date in 2015 to $6.7 billion, Rentrak reported.

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  1. trollkiller55 says:

    As much as I hate contributing to Cruise’s Scientology cult fund, this was a very good flick. Largely because of the writer/director and the unexpected star power of Rebecca Ferguson

  2. harry georgatos says:

    With another A-list actor such as Christian Bale the MI franchise with each new movie will be doing a $1,000,000,000 at the world wide box-office!! $56 million is just not good enough! Still once ROGUE NATION opens in China I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes the biggest hit in the franchise.

    The reason why the franchise resonates is because of the iconic tv show which plays constantly in syndication on cable around the globe.

    The unfortunate Jim Phelps villian twist in the first movie by De Palma and Cruise cost Paramount $200 to $300 million in profits!! The only reason why the filmmaker got away with this absolute disrespect to the tv show was because it was 1996 with a new audience not that familiar with the tv show. If this movie was made in the ’70’s it would have been boycotted!!

    Cruise isn’t the asset Paramount and Skydance thinks he is with this franchise!! Christian Bale is the way to go if it wants DARK KNIGHT type of box office buisness!!!!

    • nrose101 says:

      Sure…. Keep tin-foil hat on your head please

      • harry georgatos says:

        $56 million is pocket change. The Nolan brothers can develop this franchise with Bale in the lead role to higher expectations then what the franchise has now. Cruise isn’t the asset the studio thinks he is! If garbage such as FAST 7 can do $1.5 billion at the world wide box office Cruise star-power is very limited with a puny $56 million!!

  3. IT 2 IT says:

    SO tired of the 80s show franchise slum.


    • liz says:

      INCEPTION is an MI film set in the dream world and that did $823 million, higher then any MI film and that was when no films were released in the Chinese marketplace! I’m with Harry on this one. Christopher Nolan with Christian Bale will elevate the franchise to a higher playing level.

    • Mike Smith says:

      By 80’s, you mean 60’s, right?

    • trollkiller55 says:

      Only idiots use ! exclamation points! after every sentence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Bob harris says:

    Tom Cruuise deserves much admiration as he carried the film and that plane on his shoulder, promoted the project with style ala Jimmy Fallon and the results are a testimony to his commitment.

  5. harry georgatos says:

    Great film but if garbage such as FAST 7 opened to $56 million it would be a disaster!! Lets see if MI5 has legs for the long run.

  6. niki says:

    great film …and great looking cinematography..shot on kodak which combines timelessness and beauty to this film

  7. Alex says:

    The over hyped “Vacation” is a dud, I wonder if they’ll do a sequel?

  8. James says:

    It’s a great smart film with a star making performance from rebecca ferguson.

  9. Bill B. says:

    Cruise still has star power in an established franchise, but not quite so much with original material.

  10. me says:

    I would have thought that it would have made much more than that. Given all the promotion etc., is it possible that the rest of the world, like I am, is sick of Cruise? I mean it’s not bad, but $56 million nowadays isn’t that great; cartoons make more than that on opening weekend.

    • Gary says:

      The MI films are for adults. Their openings have never been huge, but they have strong legs. They make money. That’s what the people who make movies care about. Cruise is still one of the biggest movie stars in the history of film. People who say they are sick of him are usually people who get hung up on his personal life which has nothing to do with his movies. Let those people stick to reading gossip mags in the supermarket checkout line.

      • me says:

        Or, I could simply be sick of him making the same type of movie over and over. As in 5 MI movies, Edge of Tomorrow or whatever it was called, etc. Nowhere in my post did I mention his personal life; that is on you.

        People who generalize and make assumptions are usually people who make snap judgements and don’t always know what they’re talking about, even though they think they know everything. Let those people continue to think they know everything and bother people in the supermarket checkout line with all of their “expertise”.

      • scott macdonough says:

        Thank you, Gary. You are 100% correct. Tom Cruise has been a bona fide Movie Star for over 30 years, looks half his age (with no evidence of cosmetic enhancements), and has always had great chemistry with his leading ladies. The latter is a quality sadly lacking in most of the guys today’s Hollywood is trying to force down our throats as ready-made “stars”. I look forward to continue watching Mr. Cruise’s carefully-picked quality projects for many more years to come.

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