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Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible 5,’ ‘Minions’ Score Big China Debuts

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” topped the foreign box office with $91.3 million this weekend, pushing its global total past the $600 million mark.

The bulk of that haul came from China, where the film grossed a massive $86 million, making it the best-ever opening for the “Mission: Impossible” series and the best debut of Tom Cruise’s career in the People’s Republic. The fifth film in the spy series has grossed $613 million, behind only “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and its $694.7 million bounty. Paramount and Skydance backed the picture.

In second place, Fox debuted “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” across 21 international markets a week before its stateside debut. It racked up $26.8 million, and improved upon the performance of its predecessor, 2014’s “The Maze Runner,” in every territory. The picture will add 41 new markets next week, in addition to its launch in the U.S.

Also of note, “Minions” became the second-biggest animated film in history after debuting in China. The “Despicable Me” spinoff’s $1.28 billion gross is outranked only by “Frozen.” It scored $20.1 million in China on its opening day.

In fourth place, German comedy “Fack ju Göhte 2” picked up $20 million, while Pixar’s “Inside Out” and the Tom Hardy crime movie “Legend” tied for fifth place with $5.3 million apiece. “Inside Out” has earned $747.4 million globally since opening last summer.

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