The fifth Mission film, Rogue Nation, proved to not be an impossible win for Tom Cruise at the box office. With opening weekend behind us, What’cha Reading has the numbers – $56 million domestic, $65 million abroad with a total gross of $121 million. How does this rate against the other Mission films and what does this mean for Ethan Hunt himself, Tom Cruise? Let’s take a look.
Mission: Impossible *numbers reported from boxofficemojo.com
- Mission: Impossible – $45, 436,830 – May 1996
- Mission: Impossible II – $57,845,297 – May 2000
- Mission: Impossible III – 47,743,273 – May 2006
- Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – 12,785,204 – December 2011
- Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $56,000,000 – July 2015
There are a few things to consider with the Mission film series that set it apart from many other franchises. These films have never followed a particular pattern or opening weekend release strategy unlike many other films. With the films also opening more than the 2 to 3 year range after its predecessors, ticket inflation and adjustment should be considered. With all this said, the Christopher McQuarrie written/directed Rogue Nation is the second highest opening weekend for a Mission: Impossible film. It’s slightly behind the 2000 John Woo directed M:i-2 and well ahead of the 2011 Brad Bird directed Ghost Protocol. However, the opening weekend for Ghost Protocol released unlike any other picture. To ensure that audiences fully enjoyed the IMAX presentation with nearly 30 minutes shot for the format, Ghost Protocol released exclusively in IMAX theaters on 12/16/2011, almost 10 days before it released on 12/21 in wide release. I remember that opening weekend quite fondly as it had released against Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. As I loved both film series, I had seen Ghost Protocol in IMAX that morning with my family, went to lunch, and then saw Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows that afternoon. (I then saw Ghost Protocol for a second time that day with my friends in the evening.)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was originally predicted to open with $40+ million so its $56 million debut is wildly beyond expectations. With strong word of mouth and its 93% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Rogue Nation appears as if it will be treated to the same longevity at the domestic box office where its total might eventually match and rival that of Ghost Protocol’s $209 million showing.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a nearly perfect love letter, homage, and send up of classic cinema and film making. It’s a great time at the movies and we’ve reviewed it here, along with taking a look at the Impossible Shots of the film – The A400 and The Vienna Opera. Please check those out and go see the latest Mission in theaters now!