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By in September 24, 2015 • Filed in: Press

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Paramount and Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has rocketed past Interstellar as the highest-grossing 2D Hollywood film ever at the Chinese box office. The Tom Cruise starrer has earned $124M since it’s Middle Kingdom release on September 8; that tops the $122M Christopher Nolan’s space epic made there last year. It also marks a milestone for e-commerce giant Alibaba, whose Alibaba Pictures made its first Hollywood investment with the actioner.

The film previously had set a record as the biggest 2D opener in China with $18M. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the well-reviewed fifth installment in the series has grossed over $650M worldwide.

This has been a big year for Hollywood in China, where Universal’s Furious 7 ($380.9M) was the top-grossing film of all time until just this month, when it was unseated by local pic Monster Hunt ($385M). The record for M:I5 comes just before another local movie, Lost In Hong Kong, is due to bow on September 25 and likely set records of its own.

Around the globe, M:I5 has opened at No. 1 in the U.S., Korea, UK, Mexico, Australia, Spain, Russia, Argentina, France, Brazil and Italy, and achieved franchise-breaking numbers in Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela, India, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Sweden, Turkey, Indonesia, Poland and Hong Kong.

M:I5‘s success in the Middle Kingdom is also boom for Skydance. Paramount and Skydance were the first Hollywood studios in China with two films following the “unofficial” summer blackout period that saw Chinese movies grab a bulk of real estate and admissions. While Terminator: Genisys did alright in China with $112.8M, sources have told Deadline that the film needed to clear $150M there before any quick movements were made on advancing with a sequel. HuaXia is handling distribution there. To date, worldwide, Genisys has made $440.16M and ranks as the second highest chapter in the franchise behind Terminator: Judgement Day ($519.8M).

Source: Deadline

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By in September 18, 2015 • Filed in: Press

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The success of Universal’s “Straight Outta Compton” continues to pay dividends for its breakout cast — Aldis Hodge, who played MC Ren in the film, has landed his next project.

Sources tell Variety that Hodge is in talks to join Tom Cruise in Paramount and Skydance’s “Jack Reacher 2.”

Variety previously reported that “Heroes Reborn” star Danika Yarosh was the choice for one of the female leads along with Cobie Smulders, who is currently in negotiations to join the film.

Ed Zwick is set to direct. Zwick and and Marshall Herskovitz wrote the most recent draft of the script after Richard Wenk penned the original draft.

Paramount grossed $218 million worldwide from 2012’s “Jack Reacher,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie from his own script based on the Lee Child series of novels. The sequel will be based on Child’s “Never Go Back,” in which Reacher travels from South Dakota to the Virginia headquarters of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and finds that his new commanding officer has been arrested.

Cruise and Don Granger are producing.

Hodge joins his fellow “Straight Outta Compton” co-stars Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins in lining up high profile followups to the N.W.A. biopic. Both Mitchell and Hawkins were recently cast in the King Kong prequel “Kong: Skull Island” which just left Universal for Warner Bros.

Hodge previously appeared in a recurring role on AMC show “Turn” and some of his past credits include “The East,” “Leverage” and “A Good Day to Die Hard.” He is repped by Paradigm and Priluck Company.

Source: Variety



By in September 16, 2015 • Filed in: Press

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX Shutterstock (4903081p) Danika Yarosh 'Heroes Reborn' TV series photocall, Comic-Con, San Diego, America - 12 Jul 2015

Paramount and Skydance Pictures have tapped newcomer Danika Yarosh to join Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” sequel.

Insiders say there is a possibility her “Heroes Reborn” schedule might conflict with the project, but as of now she is the choice for the role.

Cobie Smulders is also in talks to join the pic.

Ed Zwick is set to direct. Zwick and and Marshall Herskovitz penned the most recent draft of the script after Richard Wenk penned the original draft.

Paramount grossed $218 million worldwide from 2012’s “Jack Reacher,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie from his own script based on the Lee Child series. The sequel will be based on Child’s “Never Go Back,” in which Reacher travels from South Dakota to the Virginia headquarters of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and finds his new commanding officer has been arrested.

Cruise and Don Granger are producing.

Yarosh was among a group of girls who tested with Cruise over the past month as the actor flew back and forth from filming his drug trafficking pic “Mena” in South America. Sources say her chemistry reads were hard for the studio and actor to overlook and the choice became fairly clear over the past week.

The pic will begin production next month and will look to cast its villain next.

Source: Variety



By in September 10, 2015 • Filed in: Press

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After saving the world from aliens and fighting the cartels, Tom Cruise and Doug Liman may be headed to outer space in the director’s long-in-the-works sci-fi pic.

Sources tell Variety that Cruise is joining Liman to develop sci-fi action pic “Luna Park” with an eye to star in the film for Paramount. It’s still early in the process and could go one way or the other depending on how the latest draft of the script comes out, but sources say this is a good sign for the project that had been in development limbo.

This has been a passion project of Liman’s for some time; it was prepared to move forward in 2011 with thesps like Chris Evans and Andrew Garfield circling leading roles. A greenlight had been given by Paramount, but the studio halted production after co-financier Skydance Pictures bailed on it because of a budget that was surpassing $100 million.

It’s unknown whether Skydance and Paramount still have a part to play with the film but given the relationship both companies have with Cruise following the success of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” and his upcoming sequel to “Jack Reacher,” signs are pointing to the studio getting behind the project yet again.

The plot revolves around a group of renegade employees who venture to the moon to steal an energy source.

When production would begin is still in question, as Cruise is about to start production on “Jack Reacher 2” and is expected to shoot another “Mission: Impossible” pic sometime next year.

Cruise is very particular about the directors he works with and looks to have become very comfortable with Liman after shooting “Edge of Tomorrow” for Warner Bros., which grossed more than $350 million worldwide, and the upcoming drug thriller “Mena,” which bows in January.

Source: Variety



By in September 10, 2015 • Filed in: Press

Tom is back in Colombia where he will continue filming Mena.

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By in September 8, 2015 • Filed in: Press

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Paramount and Skydance Entertainment’s Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation is off to a record-breaking start in China, where it opened to $18.5 million on Tuesday.

That marks the biggest opening day of all time for a 2D Hollywood title, and the fifth-best of all time for a U.S. title behind 3D entires Furious 7 ($54.4 million), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($29.2 million) and fellow Paramount titles Transformers: Age of Extinction ($27.4 million) and Terminator: Genisys ($26.7 million).

Rogue Nation, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, has earned $511.2 million worldwide.

Mission: Impossible will likely take some of the wind out of Terminator: Genisys, which has done big business in China over the past month, grossing nearly $110 million for Paramount and Skydance.

Rogue Nation‘s opening-day take of $18.5 million is 116 percent ahead of the first-day gross of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which earned north of $100 million in China.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter



By in September 7, 2015 • Filed in: Press

Here you have HQ’s of Tom at the fan screening for Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation in Beijing today.

Fan Screening in Beijing- September 7th 2015

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By in September 7, 2015 • Filed in: Press

Paramount and Skydance’s summer is drawing to a close with some nice bumps for their big holiday releases. Last week, both Terminator: Genisys and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation crossed $300M at the international box office. The latter has now flown over the $500M milestone worldwide with $511.2M to date. This is without China which opens on Tuesday. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol‘s final tally was $694.7M; $101M of which came from the Middle Kingdom. With expansion in that market since 2011, and a partnership with Alibaba Pictures and China Movie Channel, Rogue Nation will well outpace that (Terminator is currently at $108.8M after three China frames).

 The latest installment in the Tom Cruise action series has an estimated domestic cume of $182,487,000 through Monday’s holiday. The overseas haul is $328.7M through Sunday. This weekend, it picked up another $9.4M from a total 64 territories, a 38% drop from last frame.Rogue Nation made over $150M in its first weekend of global release in late July. Internationally, it has grossed franchise-breaking numbers in Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Sweden, Turkey, Indonesia, Poland and Hong Kong.

The well-reviewed M:I5 has come up short versus Ghost Protocol in Korea and Japan which were among that film’s best territories. Korea has been on a hot streak lately with local pictures sucking up a lot of air. The cume there is over $40M. In Japan, the Christopher McQuarrie-helmed movie has been up against Jurassic World which opened the same day last month. The film is still adding to its $36.1M cume there, picking up $1.3M in the 5th weekend of release, down 40% from the earlier frame.

Markets that continue to perform well include France which is at $18.4M after four weekends; Germany with $12.4M after five; and the UK with $31.2M after six.

McQuarrie wrote the screenplay, and wrote the story with Drew Pearce. Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producers with Jake Myers executive producer.

Source: Deadline

 



By in September 6, 2015 • Filed in: Press

Enjoy these HQ’s of Tom with Christopher McQuarrie and Rebecca Ferguson during the press conference and the premiere in Shanghai today.

Press Conference in Shanghai- September 6th 2015

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Premiere in Shanghai- September 6th 2015

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By in September 5, 2015 • Filed in: Press

Tom is already in China, where he will spend three days promoting Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation in Shanghai and Beijing.

Chatting with Weibo’s Fans- September 5th 2015

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Video Connection with Fans at ChengDu (China)- September 5th 2015

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