‘Knight and Day’ Box Office Could Affect ‘Mission: Impossible IV’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm,

Explosive Nose Charge Mission impossible 3 Knight and Day Box Office Could Affect Mission: Impossible IV

Fans of the Mission: Impossible franchise might want to keep their fingers crossed for the success of Knight and Day this weekend. According to Deadline,  Paramount will be keeping a close eye on the Cruise/Diaz rom-com action flick’s box office gross in an attempt to gauge whether or not Tom Cruise is still a bankable action star.

The timing is particularly crucial because Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec have just delivered their script for Mission: Impossible IV and the studio now has to decide on a budget for the film. So if Knight and Day fails to meet expectations, what exactly would that mean for Ethan Hunt’s latest adventure?

While there was some speculation that Knight and Day‘s failure could kill plans for Mission: Impossible IV altogether, this is extremely unlikely for several reasons. The first is that the film has already made an enormous amount of headway (including signing director Brad Bird) and a great deal of money has already been invested in it.

The second reason is that Paramount has a good (and profitable) relationship with producer J.J. Abrams and they’re probably not in any hurry to risk damaging that partnership. Similarly, they’ve made plans with Cruise for a Tropic Thunder spin-off based on his Les Grossman character and having just recently repaired their strained relations with the actor, it would be a bad move to bury his biggest franchise.

Realistically, the studio would only ask for alterations to Mission: Impossible IV‘s script. It’s possible that they would insist on scaling back certain elements in order to bring down the budget, but the more popular theory is that they’d want to beef up a subplot involving Ethan Hunt’s protege. This would allow them to lure a popular young actor to play the part and split leading man duties with Cruise. It would also potentially mean having the new character carry on the franchise in future sequels.

"Hey Cameron, don't blow this for me."

From a strictly financial perspective I understand Paramount’s concern – Mission: Impossible III made significantly less money than the previous two installments and many blamed it on the poor public image Cruise had attained with his couch-jumping, Ritalin-ranting shenanigans. His subsequent endeavors as a leading man were also met with disappointing results.

However, from a creative standpoint, studio meddling typically does very little to help a finished product. In fact, this news immediately brings to mind a similar strategy utilized in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Did anyone walk out of the theater hungry for the further adventures of Mutt Williams?

I haven’t been shy about my disdain for the previous Mission: Impossible movies but I was genuinely intrigued by the way Mission: Impossible IV was shaping up. Cruise has become an easy target and somewhere along the way it became cool to hate him, but I still think he’s a good actor. It’s unfortunate that his real life persona has overshadowed that.

I’m not saying that we should feel sorry for Cruise or that the Mission: Impossible series wouldn’t work without him. I just hope that if Knight and Day doesn’t deliver that the ramifications for Mission: Impossible IV won’t be too severe.

How would you feel about a diminished role for Cruise in Mission: Impossible IV? Would you follow the franchise with a new lead or would that be a bad decision on Paramount’s part?

Source: Deadline via Den of Geek.

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  1. Saw this flick yesterday. It’s a fun sort of movie. I enjoyed it. Not jumping up and down about it but on a scale of 1-10, I’d give it an 8.

  2. Well since its definitely going to be better then the%million Jonah Hex squeaked by last week,
    I think Tom and cameron start in the plus collumn.
    Wednesday are not notorious for being Box Office advantage unless its something Like Lord of the Rings.
    We shall see.

  3. I meant to say better then the 5 million Jonah Hex squeaked by last week.

  4. I completely agree with you here. Although I loved MI:3 (i was on the edge of my chair for most of it.) I have my doubts about Cruise’s star appeal as well. I like what I’ve seen so far from K&D, but it’s hard for me to imagine Tom not jumping up and down on a couch. His real life image has definitely hurt his acting career.

  5. It opened to 3.6 million.
    Friday and Saturday will give us a better idea what we are looking at.
    my gut says it has surprising legs,no matter what happens this weekend.
    the trick is getting people to see it.
    Mission Impossible is a tentpole .
    Knight and Day is not .
    I agree with MBL.
    It was a fun film.

  6. Correction, 3.8 million.
    They were hoping for 5 million .

  7. I was never a fan of the Mission: Impossible movies simply because 1 was just uninteresting and 2 was about the most retarded movie I’ve ever seen. But 3 was actually quite good and entertaining, so I’m very interested in a 4…

  8. Another great reason not to see this film. :-)

  9. hey so what if tom jumped the couch crazily..he is still sooooo good..i love his movies..i can watch any of his movies again n again n again..guys remember TOP GUN, VANILLA SKY, JERRY MCGUIRE, WAR OF THE WORLDS, MI 1,2 & 3, EYES WIDE SHUT, MINORITY REPORT and THE LAST SUMMARI..hes hot..n a gr8 actor.. forget about jumping the couch event:P..m definitely gonna watch Knight and Day as soon as I get a chance to:)

    • I TOTALLY agree with you!! :D

  10. It sounds like a lot of people can’t distinguish between tabloid journalism and reality when it comes to Tom Cruise. Just because a “journalist” writes that Tom Cruise is the illegitimate son of the Bat Boy or some other idiotic story doesn’t make it true! If you just watch the movie and get you’re head out of the latest tabloid perhaps you might enjoys the movie more.

  11. Who cares whether Tom Cruise is still a good action star? Mission: Impossible teamed with J.J. Abrams is the real money maker!

  12. The Mission Impossible films are so unwatchable to me. Cotton candy action with fluffy writing and recycled 007 ideas.

    Jerry, Tom is a member of $cientology. That FACT alone is enough for me to not see any of his films. There’s nothing tabloid about it. The guy, while he may be a decent actor belongs to a cult. A cult that is evil and manipulative. They keep celebs like Cruise and Travolta in the cult, because they know if they leave the cult they’re personal lives will be exposed by the cult.
    Toms mistake in life was getting in bed with them to begin with. I see him as a dupe, a moron, and a person that is living a lie everyday.

    I don’t support his films because he supports $cientology. Same with Travolta.

    • Im sorry,but your whole comment is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard in my life.The mans religion is his business and the fact you call him “decent” actor and the religion evil and manipulative is stupid.The MI movies are some of the best movies ever.Yes MI:2 is more action oriented,but it just helped him become even more of a action star for the 2000s,since AHHHH-nuld was getting up there in age.I hope knight and days does well and I hope MI:4 is awesome,and any other film the man makes.Just bought MI:3 yesterday and cant wait to see it.Seriously,grow up from the idiotic viewpoints.He seems like a good guy in real life.He has done alot for people,(donating money to causes concerning the fallout of 9/11)and he just has a likable charm.Grow up from the idiotic tabloid beliefs and learn to see people for yourself,instead of through the sunglasses of lies and rumors…

    • Sorry but this is the most stupidist thing i ever have read 790th!!

  13. @The Truth, I don’t read tabloids. Have you ever done any research on $cientology? If not I highly encourage you to take one of their IQ tests. Just go down to the $cientology center in your local town and see for yourself how they are a cult. (First visit is free)

    You said “He seems like a nice guy,,,” Of course he does. Do you know how much work he and his staff put into keeping that illusion intact. Of course you do. With a name like The Truth I must be a fool to question your wisdom.

    But then I had to question your wisdom after this statement…
    “The MI movies are some of the best movies ever.”

    • Excellent reply 790. I am eagerly awaiting The Truth response!

    • so you dont believe that they are good or what ?? Cause i totally agree with The Truth i really believe that the M:I’s are some of the best movies ever!! :D

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  15. i’ve seen all mission impossible movies and i just LOVE them :D
    I’ve also seen Knight & Day and it was VERY GOOD! i laughed so much watching the movie ;D
    And i think if they make a M:I: IV it will be a very big hit and many people would want to watch it ;)
    And i HOPE they make a 4th cause i cant really believe that the 3rd is the last one i want some more ;D

    (btw Knight & Day was the first movie i saw with Tom Cruise, and it was so F****** Good & Funny, so i started seeing M:I. And now i have all the M:I’s and they’re totally good! and i cant believe that i didn’t see them before??!!! -to ALL who want to watch it but are unsure: WATCH IT!! its worth watching and they are AWESOME!!)

  16. The MI seris is nothing without Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. I doubt the seris would continue without him. Movies are entertainment. Period. Most movie goers don’t go for political indoctrination. … they go to be entertained. As far as MI3 went….did it not gross well over $300m worldwide? The franchise has grossed nearly $1.5B so far……the idiots at Paramount might want to ask themselves how they could replace the revenue stream created by the cash cow known as Tom Cruise before making any other alterations to their relationship with him…..by the way last time I looked Knight & Day had grossed over $75M in the U.S. and was at about $250M worldwide……Japan and DVD sales still to come. With a production cost under $120M….seems like a decent return to me on a flick widely pushed as a disappointment…….My guess is most actors would love to have a few disappointments like that. !!!