The Paramount/Skydance tentpole generated $20.3-million at the Friday box office, setting an opening day mark for the sturdy franchise — and signalling that Cruise still carries plenty of star power. Saturday’s total hit $19.7-million.
The launch of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” outperformed forecasts by a significant margin. It had been on track for an opening weekend of $40-million, according to recent studio estimates.
It’s the third largest opening for Cruise, following the $64.9-million launch for 2004’s “War of the Worlds” and $57.8-million for 2000’s “Mission: Impossible 2.”
“Rogue Nation” also opened in about 40 percent of international markets with $65-million, led by South Korea’s $17-million.
The fifth installment in the series, written and directed by Chris McQuarrie, finds Cruise facing off against a squad of special agents known as the Syndicate. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson also star.
“They have delivered a film that has such energy and excitement,” said Rob Moore, Pararmount’s vice chair.
“Rogue Nation,” which carries a $150-million price tag, is one of a rare studio tentpoles that was moved forward rather than backward.
The original plan had been to open on Christmas Day this year, but Moore noted that Cruise had asked during filming — which started last August — could be moved up to avoid competing directly against the next “Star Wars” movie (which opens December 18) and James Bond’s “Spectre,” which launches November 6.
The first four “Mission: Impossible” films have grossed over $2-billion. In 2011, “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” pulled in $209-million in the US and $485-million internationally.