‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Ignites Record $92M Overseas/$153.5M Global Bow –
International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Paramount Pictures/Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout has lit the fuse with an action-packed $153.5M worldwide opening to rep the best start ever for the Tom Cruise franchise. Of that, $92M comes from the international box office where it’s also the top launch for the spy series ($61.5M is from domestic, another franchise record). Out in just 36 markets for 40% of the offshore footprint, Fallout is currently 19% ahead of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation‘s 2015 overseas start on a like-for-like basis.
As we noted in our global preview, anything above the $131.5M opening for 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol reps a worldwide record start for Ethan Hunt & Co. With so much of the world to come on Fallout, including France, Japan and China (the latter dated August 31), it’s early to put a multiple on it, but we’re hearing $700M+ global is possible which would jump the film to front of the line in the franchise.
The Mission movies have increased in popularity internationally with faraway locales serving as key to the narrative and Cruise a globe-trotting force whose death-defying stunts continue to up the ante. The last two films in the series made 70% of their box office from overseas, aided by growth in emerging markets, and this one is teed up to continue the trend with a fair bit of runway ahead.
Early on, opening projections for the Christopher McQuarrie-helmed Fallout(estimated production cost $180M) were in the $75M-$80M range overseas, with some going as high as $90M. As of Friday, we knew this one was leaping past $80M abroad. And then Saturday revved the engines beyond expectation.
There’s joy on the Melrose lot today as Paramount’s President of International Theatrical Distribution, Mark Viane, tells me, “Word of mouth has been a key driver on this and when we saw our Saturday jump from Friday, it was just incredible.” He also notes that the different formats the film is playing in, from IMAX — which has select scenes expanded exclusively for its screens — to 3D and 4DX, make the film “one of those must-see movies” in a theater.
Viane calls this the “quintessential” movie for Cruise. “The stunts and dedication and tireless work when he’s touring on the premieres and on the promotional side, it’s amazing. He gives it his all and this is where we end up, with an incredible film with him and McQuarrie. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. It’s incredible that the film delivers to this level and with audiences loving it worldwide, it’s obvious that this movie is a home run.”