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, proving at 56-years-old, he’s still Hollywood’s most bankable star.
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 huge numbers overseas, earning $92 million from its first 36 markets — or only 40 percent of the foreign marketplace — for a series-high global bow of $153.5 million, including $12.5 million from Imax theaters and led by South Korea with a huge $24.5 million. And that’s without China, where Fallout doesn’t open until Aug. 31.
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.
“Tom Cruise has proven time and time again that when it comes to action, he is one of the most dependable stars out there. We’ve had all these big visual-effect driven summer movies. Now comes along a movie where the actor and director are putting it all on the line with real stunts. It provides raw and visceral entertainment that people are excited about,” says Paramount domestic distribution chief Kyle Davies.
Facing competition for males, Equalizer 2 — the first sequel of Denzel Washington’s career — tumbled more than 60 percent to $14 million for a 10-day domestic total of $64.2 million. Equalizer 2 took in an additional $1.9 million overseas from 11 markets for an early foreign tally of $6.1 million and $70.3 million globally.
Fellow Sony film Hotel Transylvania 3 came in No. 4 in its third weekend with an estimated $12.3 million for a cume of $119.2 million in North America. The animated family pic likely made life difficult for Teen Titans.
And Disney/Pixar’s In credibles 2remained a force in its seventh weekend as it approached the $1 billion mark at the global box office. The movie grossed $7.2 million in North America and another $20 million overseas for a global cume of $997 million. Incredibles 2 will be the fourth film of 2018 to join the billion-dollar club behind fellow Disney pics Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther and Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.