Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is heading for record territory with a $60 million opening weekend in North America, early estimates showed Friday.
If the projections hold, Paramount’s sixth installment of the franchise will finish at the high end of recent forecasts — which had ranged from $50 million to $65 million at 4,386 sites. Friday’s total should hit around $23 million, including a record $6 million from previews.
2015’s “Rogue Nation” had a solid $55.5 million U.S. launch and wound up with $192 million domestically and $682 million worldwide. The highest Friday-Sunday opener in the franchise was 2000’s “Mission: Impossible 2” with $57.8 million.
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” arrives as the best-reviewed title in the series with a stellar 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Mission Force join with CIA assassin August Walker, played by Henry Cavill, to prevent a global nuclear attack.
Warner Bros.’ counter-programmer “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies” is heading for about $12 million at 3,188 locations, coming in at the lower end of forecasts, which had ranged between $13 million and $19 million. Based on the DC Comics TV series created by Michael Jelenic and Aaron Horvath, the animated family film follows the eponymous heroes attempting to convince a Hollywood director to make a movie about them.
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SOURCE: DAVE MCNARY