Monday, May 27, 2024

Mission Was Impossible: Rogue Nation Only 2nd Biggest Opening in Franchise History


The mission was impossible, to be the biggest opening in the Mission Impossible series. Rogue Nation comes in second, with $56 million. In 2000, Mission Impossible 2 earned almost $58 million on its opening weekend.

Also factor in ticket prices are higher now, substantially, or were lower in 2000. Then you see the real difference at the box office. Rogue Nation by comparison is inflated. But it’s nothing to sneeze at either. An opening of $56 million is better than anyone expected. So thank Xenu. Hanging from that damn plane was worth it!

The good news for Paramount is that even if Tom’s popularity has slowed in the U.S., abroad he’s still huge. Cruise movies always do really well in South Korea, which prompted a visit there this week. After “The Interview,” South Korea was probably thrilled to see a big star in a movie with no reference to their menacing neighbor.

In other box office news, “Amy”– the documentary about Amy Winehouse, not Amy Schumer’s movie– is up to $6.4 million. “Amy” is from A24, the little studio favored by the National Board of Review this past year with a Best Picture and shared Best Actor for “A Most Violent Year.” The NBR most certainly will give “Amy” Best Documentary and maybe Best Picture, and if Annie Schulhof is really out there this year in her desire to help friends (see my coverage of her interest in A24), Amy Winehouse will get some new award like Best Actress in a Non Fiction Film.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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