The latest Mission: Impossible movie pulled off plenty of stunts in its box-office debut — and not just the ones featuring its 56-year-old star, Tom Cruise, skydiving from perilous heights or bounding across buildings.
Buoyed by glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore, Paramount and Skydance’s Mission Impossible: Fallout opened to $61.5 million from 4,306 theaters in North America, a franchise-high and the second-best of Cruise’s career behind War of the Worlds ($64.9 million), not adjusted for inflation. That’s no small feat considering it is the sixth outing in the action-spy franchise.
The $178 million film also posted strong numbers overseas, ahead of its Aug. 31 debut in China. (Full weekend grosses weren’t immediately available.)
Fallout is a major win for the Viacom-owned Paramount, and is the first Mission: Impossible movie to be made and released during studio chief Jim Gianopulos’ tenure. It is also a testament to Cruise’s continued star power around the globe.
Until Fallout, Mission: Impossible II ($57.8 million) boasted the series’ top domestic opening, a record the sequel had held since 2000, not adjusted for inflation. The last installment, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, was next up with a domestic debut of $55.5 million in late July 2015.