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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation tops US with big returns for Tom Cruise

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Story by Jack Foley

MISSION: Impossible – Ghost Nation has delivered Tom Cruise one of his biggest box office returns in some time, opening top in the US with $56 million and performing even better in a lot of international markets.

The US figure was better than expected, especially since more recent Cruise vehicles have struggled to connect with audiences. But it confirms the lasting impression the franchise has made.

Internationally, the fifth film in the series, which cost an estimated $150 million to produce, delivered a further $65 million from 40 territories for an early world-wide total of $121 million. This included a record-breaking launch of $17.1 million in South Korea.

Rogue Nation almost beat the best three-day weekend opening of any title in the franchise, not accounting for inflation – but that record remains with John Woo’s second film in the series, which took $70.8 million over the long Memorial Day weekend in 2000, including $57 million for the weekend itself.

But it did give Cruise his third best US opening of all time after Mission: Impossible II and Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds ($64.9 million), again not accounting for inflation.

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Rogue Nation finds Cruise’s IMF agent Ethan Hunt and his team attempting to thwart a secret terrorist organisation known as The Syndicate and once again finds the leading man performing his own death-defying stunts. Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson also star.

Commenting on the figures, Paramount vice-chairman Rob Moore said: “This weekend shows that Tom Cruise continues to be a popular star and that Mission: Impossible continues to be one of the most popular franchises in the US [and] globally.”

While Ghost Nation flourished, however, another new release, Vacation, floundered. The comedy reboot based around the mis-adventures of the travelling Griswold family has earned a meagre $21.2 million since opening on Wednesday, including $14.9 million for the weekend. Box office pundits had been expecting somewhere north of $30 million).

The reboot, starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth, wasn’t helped by bad reviews from critics. Still, its takings were enough to place it second in the US top 10.

Holdovers Ant-Man and Minions came out of the weekend battling for third and fourth spot in what looks to be a close race.

Disney put Ant-Man‘s earnings at $12.6 million for a US total of $132.1 million and global haul of nearly $300 million, while Disney and Pixar also announced that Inside Out has crossed the $600 million worldwide.

Minions, meanwhile, is also believed to have hit $12.2 million, bringing its US total to $287.3 million and world-wide haul to a whopping $854.6 million.

Languishing in fifth place, meanwhile, was Adam Sandler’s critically-panned Pixels, which tumbled massively in its second weekend with $10.4 million, a decline of 57% on its first weekend takings.

John Green Yong Adult film adaptation Paper Towns also took a big hit in its second weekend, falling more than 60% to $4.6 million – both films had gone into their summer opening slots with higher expextations.

But Jake Gyllenhaal’s boxing drama Southpaw continued to punch above its weight, crossing the $30 million mark in its sophomore session with $7.5 million for a surprise US total of $31.6 million.

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