Thursday, February 22, 2024

Box Office: New “Mission Impossible” Won’t Set Any Records, Set for Opening Weekend Same as Previous Installment


The good news is, “Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One” is a hit.

The bad news, it’s not going to set any box office records.

“DR P1” is on track for the same opening as the last chapter, “Fallout,” in 2018. That one made $61 million in its opening weekend.

The new one will, too, although its “weekend” runs from Tuesday – Sunday with some Monday previews thrown in, too.

Hey, it could be worse, as they say.

But I’m a little surprised since “DR P1” has had enough hype for 15 movies. Plus, it’s very good, a terrific action film.

Still, “Mission Impossible” is now a nearly 30 year old series, based on a TV series from the 1960s and early 70s. That it has a core audience is very impressive. But it also shows Tom Cruise doesn’t really have to risk like and limb. The same fans are coming back regardless of his derring-do.

A week from now, the headline will be “Barbie Accomplishes Impossible Mission: Knocks Tom Cruise Off the Top.”

“Barbie” will be called “a model movie.” And “Oppenheimer Isn’t a Bomb” will follow.

Im here all week — try the veal!

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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