This weekend, Tom Cruise along with Christopher McQuarrie and Rebecca Ferguson were in China promoting Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation:
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Tom talks about his mom’s reaction to the airplane stunt.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation reins at the box office. Via Collider.
Breaking a recent string of domestic disappointments for Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is off to a strong start. With an estimate of $56 million from 3,956 locations, M:I 5 now stands as the sixth-highest August debut in box office history.
There was a time when August at the box office meant one of two things: releases of questionable appeal, like The Expendables, or ‘smaller’ films, like The Help and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. In either category, August releases always had the chance to become hits. In fact, all three of the aforementioned titles were successful in their domestic runs. But they were rarely considered guaranteed winners. That’s why they were scheduled for August in the first place.
Of course, the August paradigm shifted in a big way last year with Guardians of the Galaxy. Though part of the uber-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, GoG’s appeal was at least a question mark at the time of its opening. And what happened? A debut of $94.3 million (a new record for August) and a domestic total of $333.1 million – the third-highest grossing title of 2014. Influenced, in part, by Marvel’s success, Paramount chose the first weekend in August (the same frame that launched GoG) for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Pre-GoG, August would have seemed an appropriate month to launch the latest Mission: Impossible title. The franchise had two giant summer hits with Mission: Impossible (1996) and Mission: Impossible II (2000), but hit a road bump with Mission: Impossible III in May 2006. That ended up as the lowest-grossing film in the franchise, with a domestic total of just $134 million. Five years later, Paramount chose to avoid summer altogether for the fourth M:I release – Ghost Protocol.
Ghost Protocol opened in December, as a platform release – a move that was hailed as visionary at the time. Starting in just 425 (primarily IMAX) locations, M:I 4 took in $12.7 million in its first weekend, or more than $30,000 per-screen. That initial release helped build word of mouth for the film, which ascended to first place when it expanded nationwide one week later. Ghost Protocol remained in first place the following weekend as well, falling just .5 percent from its sophomore frame. Among major studio releases, that stands as one of the more impressive holds in recent memory – aside from films that significantly boost their theatre counts. In fact, over the holiday season of 2011 – 2012, a period that had more than its share of major box office contenders, Ghost Protocol wound up as the one undisputed blockbuster, taking in over $200 million in North America alone.
With the M:I franchise reborn, expectations were high for Rogue Nation. Though Paramount claimed it was anticipating around $40 million this weekend, many others (myself included) believed the film would open much higher. This morning’s studio estimate has the film at $56 million – just short of Mission: Impossible II’s franchise-high debut of $57.8 million. Of course, it’s difficult to draw accurate comparisons between the five M:I titles and their respective box office performances. For one thing, it’s been 19 years since Mission: Impossible first hit theatres, so inflation is definitely a factor. Then there’s the fact that Ghost Protocol started in limited release and the first two films opened on weekdays. It gets confusing. What is clear is that Rogue Nation is off to a promising start in North America. And because the film is expected to earn as much as 70% of its worldwide total in international theatres, the future of the M:I series seems secure.
Review via Variety:
Just when Tom Cruise had been written off as an action star, he makes a triumphant comeback — at age 53 — with “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” The summer’s most entertaining popcorn movie not only eclipses “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” with its action sequences, it also brings to mind Cruise’s prime days (“Top Gun,” “Jerry Maguire,” etc.) on the Hollywood A-list.
Here are five reasons “Mission: Impossible 5” is the strongest film in Paramount’s 19-year-old spy franchise.
(1)It’s sleeker than any James Bond movie you can remember.
The first “Mission: Impossible,” which opened nearly two decades ago in 1996, was a standard bigscreen reboot of a TV show. But the franchise received a jolt in 2006 with J.J. Abrams’ “Mission Impossible 3,” which interwove the heart-pumping twists of “Alias” (season one) into a theatrical recipe that could give Daniel Craig as 007 a run for his money.
This new “Mission: Impossible,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie under Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, ups the stakes at every level. Cruise not only dangles from an airplane in the opening sequence, he withstands multiple beatings from a villain known as the Bone Doctor (Jens Huten), goes for a terrifying dip in an underground water chamber, stops an assassination attempt at the Vienna opera, leads a car chase in Casablanca and commands a motorcycle ride through the winding roads of Morocco. If the Oscars gave a trophy for stunts, “M:I 5” would win it.
(2) The script lands on both feet.
Whereas story has never been a strong point of the “Mission: Impossible” movies, this isn’t a spy adventure that require CliffsNotes to follow along. In this installment, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is battling a secret agency known as the Syndicate, run by Solomon Lane (Sean Harris, enjoying every moment of playing the villain). Hunt is aided again, of course, by his crew at IMF, which includes Simon Pegg (the perfect comedic foil), Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames. McQuarrie, who also wrote the script, wisely keeps the narrative focused on the battle between good and evil, not letting any extraneous plot twists trip up his action.
(3) Cruise gets his sexy back.
Ever since he jumped on Oprah’s couch in 2005, Cruise has struggled to maintain his heartthrob persona. Thankfully, “Mission Impossible 5” finds him a leading lady — Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson (of TV’s “The White Queen”) — who manages to re-awaken Cruise’s sex appeal. The two have the best chemistry for a Cruise movie since he romanced Renee Zellweger in “Jerry Maguire.” For all the praise for last summer’s “The Edge of Tomorrow,” one of the central flaws of the film was the lack any romantic spark between Cruise and Emily Blunt. Even though Ferguson is only 31, the age difference between her and Cruise isn”t noticeable or distracting, because she comes across as his equal.
(4) The leading lady carries half the movie.
Ferguson doesn’t just elevate Cruise, she also carries half the film, playing a spy who may or may not be on his side. She keeps up with every punch he throws or weapon he fires. Like Rosamund Pike in “Jack Reacher,” “Mission: Impossible 5” will be remembered as a breakout vehicle for its heroine. In another summer of action tentpoles that treat female characters as afterthoughts (see: “Avengers” or “Ant Man”), “M:I 5” gives us a female lead who shares equal screen time.
(5) “M:I 5″ is a throwback to how summer tentpoles should be.
Most action movies now are so serious, a byproduct of the Marvel universe, where superheroes sulk in their own darkness. And when “Jurassic World” tried to be a fun, it just came across as silly with its high-heel-wearing heroine played by Bryce Dallas Howard. But “Mission: Impossible 5” finds the right tone for a summer blockbuster. Its 131 minutes of escapist entertainment prove that not all sequels must be pale imitations of what comes before. This is the rare Hollywood franchise that only gets better with age.
Yesterday, Tom Cruise was in Seoul promoting Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and here are photos from the Premiere and Press Conference.
On Saturday there were a premiere for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in London, here are pictures: