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Don’t Forget: ‘Mission: Impossible 8’ Is Coming to the Biggest Possible Screen Next Spring

May 20th, 2024
Annie

This time, Mission: Impossible is getting its due time on IMAX. The way it’s supposed to be seen specially since it’s been shot for IMAX.

The Tom Cruise-led action franchise is getting an extended run in the premium IMAX format.

IMAX has announced that the highly anticipated Mission: Impossible 8 will have a three-week exclusive run in its premium format theaters next year. This announcement comes after the film, previously titled Dead Reckoning – Part Two, faced a significant delay of almost a year. The extended IMAX run is a strategic move to give the film a competitive edge, following the lessons learned from the release of its predecessor, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.

Dead Reckoning Part One faced a tough battle at the box office last year. Its release came just a week before the unexpected “Barbenheimer” phenomenon, which saw Barbie and Oppenheimer dominate the box office, effectively sidelining Mission: Impossible. A significant blow was losing its premium format screens to Oppenheimer merely a week after its debut. Despite this setback, Dead Reckoning Part One managed to gross $567.5 million worldwide, a figure bolstered by a $71 million insurance payout due to COVID-19-related production delays.

Bruce Markoe, head of IMAX post-production, revealed that IMAX had initially approached Paramount before the release of Dead Reckoning Part One to suggest a date adjustment that would allow the film a clearer run on IMAX screens. The goal was to give the film a larger share of the premium format audience. However, Paramount chose not to take the advice, resulting in a crowded release window that hampered the film’s box office potential. Learning from this experience, Paramount has now secured an uninterrupted three-week IMAX run for Mission: Impossible 8, ensuring the film maximizes its exposure in premium theaters.

A Title Change for ‘Mission: Impossible 8’

Another significant change is the film’s title. While Dead Reckoning Part Two indicated a continuation, it may have contributed to the previous film’s underperformance. Commentators suggest that the title might have deterred casual viewers, who were less inclined to invest in a lengthy film that ended on a cliffhanger. This mirrors issues faced by other franchises, like Marvel’s initial approach with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame as Parts 1 and 2, which they later rebranded to create distinct entities. The new title aims to attract a broader audience by presenting the film as a standalone experience.

With the exclusive IMAX run and a more accessible title, Mission: Impossible 8 is positioned to capitalize on the premium format’s immersive experience, attracting both dedicated fans and new viewers. The series, known for its high-octane action and intricate plots, stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, alongside Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust and a stellar ensemble cast.

As Mission: Impossible 8 gears up for its 2025 release, the strategic adjustments in its rollout reflect lessons learned from past releases. The extended IMAX run promises a more favorable box office environment, while the title change is expected to broaden its appeal. Fans can look forward to another thrilling chapter in the Mission: Impossible saga, optimized for the best possible viewing experience. 2025 will also see Brad Pitt’s Formula One movie and Joker: Folie à Deux hit the screens on IMAX.

Stay tuned for more updates on Mission: Impossible 8 and its exclusive IMAX premiere.

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