“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” has launched powerfully with $65 million in 40 international markets.
The Paramount/Skydance release has outperformed 2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” by 49% in the same markets. South Korea led the way with $17.1 million — the studio’s second-biggest opening in that market after “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”
It was the biggest opening for a Cruise film in 27 markets. With the $56 million U.S. opening, the worldwide total for “Rogue Nation” has already hit $121 million.
“Tom Cruise is arguably the biggest movie star in the world,” noted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “The level of action in this film and the international locations just resonate on so many levels. And he’s tireless about marketing his films.”
“Rogue Nation” will launch in Germany and Japan next weekend and the red-hot Chinese market will see the release on Sept. 8.
Over the weekend, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation opened to a better-than-expected $56 million in North America. The movie, fueled by males (62 percent) and older moviegoers, easily came in No. 1. More than 80 percent of ticket buyers were over the age of 25.
Rogue Nation almost boasted the best three-day weekend opening of any title in the franchise, not accounting for inflation. The Mission: Impossible movies have never opened to huge numbers, outside of the second film, which took in $70.8 million over the long Memorial Day weekend in 2000, including $57 million for the weekend itself. And Rogue Nation delivered Cruise his third-best domestic opening of all time after Mission: Impossible II and War of the Worlds ($64.9 million), not accounting for inflation.
The critically acclaimed film, buoyed by an A- CinemaScore, is the fifth installment and continues the goodwill that Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol generated. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Rogue Nation sees Ethan Hunt and his team attempting to prove the existence of (and then stop) the Syndicate, an international criminal consortium. Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson also star.
“This weekend shows that Tom Cruise continues to be a popular star and that Mission continues to be one of the most popular franchises in the U.S. [and] globally,” said Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Take a look at these pics of Tom and during the press conference for Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation at the Peninsula Hotel Ballroom in Tokyo, Japan today.
Tom and Christopher McQuarrie visited Meiji Jingu (a Shinto shrine dedicated to the divine souls of Emperor Meiji and his consort Empress Shoken) at Shibuya (Tokyo) yesterday.
Here you have a terrific pic of Tom on set of Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation. Enjoy a larger pic in the gallery.
Here you have a new promotional still from Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation with Ethan and Ilsa.
Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation is having its first reviews and they’re very good, having at the moment a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here you have some of them (without spoilers).
The film that leaves you wanting more. Not five minutes more. Five films more. Flicks.co.nz
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” proves that a summer flick can be as smart as it is exciting. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
After taking a few stabs at the right formula, the series has finally found its voice, and Ethan Hunt and company give James Bond a real run for his blockbuster money. San Jose Mercury News
It’s full of attractive people, gorgeous locations, loathsome bad guys and a pounding score that ties it all together. This is what the “Fast and Furious” movies want to be, and the Bond pictures used to. New York Daily News