Hollywood sees India’s box office as Mission Possible

Toby Graves
July 30, 2018

The actor's new spy flick Mission: Impossible - Fallout is on track to earn an estimated $61.5 million in ticket sales at 4,386 theaters in the USA and Canada from Friday through Sunday, easily topping the box office and scoring the highest opening yet for the enduring six-film franchise (not adjusting for inflation).

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation had collected 26.90 crore in its opening weekend and that number would be surpassed by the time the morning shows are through today.

"Tom Cruise is a big star in India and everyone is aware of how well made a franchise Mission Impossible is", said film trade and exhibition expert Girish Johar.

However, when Indian audiences go in to watch Mission: Impossible - Fallout this weekend, they will not see or hear any references to Kashmir in the film.

Last month Simon Pegg, who plays Benji Dunn in the franchise, spoke out on the likelihood of a Mission Impossible 7.

Word-of-mouth looks to be promising as well as "Fallout" received some of the best reviews for the franchise, both from local and worldwide critics.

The film, which also stars Rebecca Ferguson and Henry Cavill, was also a big win around the world bringing in $153.5 million globally.

Coming in fifth, animated comedy "Teen Titans Go! Movie buffs have no other Bollywood films to watch till Gold takes off on August 15", said film trade analyst Atul Mohan. It launched domestically with $10.5 million.

Elsewhere, Lionsgate's "Blindspotting" grossed an estimated $468,000 on Friday at 523 North American locations in a limited opening.

Denzel Washington's The Equalizer 2 slid to third with USA $14 million in weekend two, and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation took fourth with U.S. $12.3 million.

Should predictions hold, Paramount's sixth installment of the franchise will finish on the upper end of recent forecasts, which ranged from $50 million to $65 million at 4,386 sites.

The movie won the weekend box office handedly with an estimated $61.5 million take, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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