The sixth outing scored the best preview gross of any film in the Tom Cruise-led action franchise. It also marks the best preview number of any Cruise film.
Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout scaled $6 million in Thursday-night previews at the North American box office, marking both a franchise-best and the best of any Cruise film.
From Paramount and Skydance, the latest outing in the action-spy franchise is headed for a domestic debut of $50 million-plus, with many betting on $55 million or more ($58 million would be a franchise best). Imax locations accounted for $1 million of Thursday night’s haul.
Fallout‘s preview performance bested the $4 million earned on Thursday night by the last installment, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation. For the full weekend, Rogue Nation grossed $55.5 million, the second-best launch of the series behind Mission: Impossible II ($57.8 million), not adjusted for inflation.
Overseas, the late-summer event film makes a major push timed to its U.S. launch, opening in its first 36 foreign markets for a projected global bow of $130 million-plus. A release date has yet to be announced for China, where Cruise is a huge star.
Glowing reviews could prove a major boost for the sixth outing in the film franchise. Presently, the $178 million pic boasts a 98 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a franchise-high score, as well as the highest for any Cruise film (the actor’s next best is Risky Business with 96 percent).
Fallout reunites Cruise with his Rogue Nation director, Christopher McQuarrie. Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin all reprise their roles from previous M:I pics, while Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett and Vanessa Kirby join the series. The plot follows Hunt and his crew as they try to outsmart a CIA agent (Cavill) who is trying to kill them after an assignment gone wrong.
Cruise, 56, once again performed a number of high-risk stunts, one of which resulted in the actor breaking his ankle in London. Production was suspended for eight weeks, with insurance covering much of the tens of millions in added costs.
Warner Bros.’ family entry Teen Titans Go! To the Movies also opens nationwide this weekend. Tracking suggests the movie will open in the $13 million to $15 million range, if not slightly higher, after earning $1 million in Thursday previews. Its Rotten Tomatoes score is 88 percent.
Teen Titans is the first feature film adapted from the popular children’s animated series on Cartoon Network. The story follows the titular heroes — including Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), Robin (Scott Menville), Cyborg (Khary Payton), Raven (Tara Strong) and Starfire (Hynden Walch) — as they try to convince a Hollywood director (Kristen Bell) to develop a movie based on their exploits. Complicating matters is the villain, Slade (Will Arnett).
New offerings at the specialty box office include A24’s Hot Summer Nights, starring Timothee Chalamet and Maika Monroe. The coming-of-age drama, which has been awaiting release since premiering at SXSW more than a year ago, currently has a 42 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.