‘Mission: Impossible’ Dominates Weekend Box Office, Gets a Sequel

By August 2, 2015

The Mission: Impossible film franchise is a hit with the latest release, while another installment is confirmed for the future.

According to Variety, the newest film in the series, Rogue Nation, completely dominated the weekend box office with an estimated take of $56 million. $20.3 million of that was generated by Friday’s opening day screenings, and seemingly signifying that the nearly twenty year-old film franchise still has plenty of life left in it with Tom Cruise at the helm. Cruise originated the role of Ethan Hunt with Brian De Palma’s original Mission: Impossible film which was released in May of 1996. Box office forecasting had placed the total for the opening weekend at a decidedly more modest $40 million, so it goes without too much emphasis that the latest installment certainly gave audiences something they wanted.

In additional Mission: Impossible news, Tom Cruise’s recent statements about the development of a sixth film in the series are now confirmed. Speaking again with Variety, Paramount Pictures chairman Rob Moore has confirmed that a sequel will indeed see the light of day, with development already underway. He said,

We’re very happy to be developing this movie with Tom. There’s no question that Ethan Hunt deserves another film.

Much of this early enthusiasm undoubtedly comes from the fact that the film’s opening gross at the global box office has already topped $120 million, which will likely make Rogue Nation profitable by the middle of this week (its production budget reportedly sits at around the $150 million level). This is further emphasized by the general tenor of Paramount’s discussion of future film projects, since they’re normally reticent to solidly get behind a future film. Mission: Impossible is proving itself, though, as a solid franchise heavyweight for Paramount, alongside the studio’s Transformers series and competing with the likes of Universal’s Jurassic Park and Fast and Furious franchises, or Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The series’ previous four installments have grossed over $2.2 billion worldwide, averaging out to nearly $450 million per film. Ethan Hunt has, by all accounts, succeeded as something of an American counterpart to something like Sony and EON Productions’ James Bond franchise, and audience appetite certainly seems adequate enough to warrant a series continuation. For more on the future of Mission: Impossible as it undoubtedly continues to develop, keep your eyes on GeekNation.

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.