Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Opens Strong With $56 Million

The Mission: Impossible franchise is back in a big way, as Tom Cruise is at the top of the box office once again.

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation opened to $56 million over the weekend, a debut that was stronger than expected in North America. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the movie is projected to take the No. 1 spot with little opposition, as the movie coasted on the strength of its male-driven audience, in addition to the continued star power of Tom Cruise. In fact, Cruise’s star power is being credited with the movie’s impressive overseas numbers. Internationally, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation opened to $65 million to bring its worldwide gross of $121 million, which includes a record-breaking $17.1 million in South Korea. In just one weekend, the film is closing in on matching its $150 million budget, proving that there’s still a lot of gas in the tank of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation also marks a significant achievement for Cruise himself, as this is now his third-best domestic opening of all-time after Mission: Impossible II delivered Cruise his third-best domestic opening of all time after 2000’s Mission: Impossible II ($70.8 million) and 2005’s War of the Worlds ($64.9 million). It’s also one of the most critically-acclaimed movies in Cruise’s recent oeuvre, earning a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Box Office 'Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation' Opens Strong With $56 Million

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This weekend’s other big opening was considerably less successful, however, as Vacationdebuted to $14.9 million for the weekend, although the movie’s total is bumped up to $21.2 million if we go as far back as Wednesday, its opening day. But this is still considered a disappointment, since the continuation of the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise was expected to reach $30 million.

The final numbers for the weekend box office should be in tomorrow. Until then, let us know what, if anything, you saw at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!

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