Mission: Impossible - Fallout is projected to have the biggest global opening of Tom Cruise's action franchise. Paramount is about to launch the final major blockbuster of the summer. It's been three years since a Mission: Impossible film hit theaters and it appears what comes next will be worth the wait. Christopher McQuarrie becomes the first director to return to the Mission: Impossible franchise after previously directing Rogue Nation, and the early reviews say this may be the best installment yet.
Cruise returns as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, as does Rebecca Ferguson as Isla Faust. The most highlighted new addition (thanks to his mustache and arm-loading move) is Henry Cavill. After a stellar marketing campaign and rave reviews, the hype for Fallout is bigger than any stunt Cruise has done. Not only is this the best reviewed installment so far, but it looks ready to score the franchise's biggest box office opening.
Deadline reports that Mission: Impossible - Fallout is tracking ahead of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol's record setting $131.5 million worldwide opening. As of right now, Fallout is projected to open to at least $135 million globally. That total is being split by a $55-$60M domestic opening and a $75-$80M international launch. However, the stellar reviews could bolster Fallout's opening and push the movie well past the record as an $150M opening is possible.
Cruise is a massive draw around the globe and the Mission: Impossible franchise has followed suit as it's continued. The last two films have both made around $200M domestically in their runs, but over $450M internationally. Setting a new franchise best opening is always an accomplishment, but that will be especially true for Fallout as it is launching without key overseas markets like France, Japan, Germany and China. The big opening is maybe more important for Fallout than any of the previous films as its production budget skyrocketed to a franchise high after Cruise's injury delayed production for several weeks.
If Fallout does put up franchise best numbers right away, it will have great placement to continue and have strong legs. As the calendar turns to August, Fallout is the last major blockbuster movie for several months. While there's other action movies that will come along, Fallout has the familiarity that could continue to draw people in. Plus, if audiences respond to the film as well as critics have, then repeat business could be high as moviegoers return to see the wild stunts a few more times. The movie will have to fend off family films like Christopher Robin and hopeful hits like The Meg and Mile 22 in the coming weeks. As of right now though, Mission: Impossible - Fallout is looking to close out the summer on a high note.
- Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) release date: Jul 27, 2018