Mission Impossible 6: Tom Cruise Earns Highest Box Office Opening
Mission: Impossible – Fallout opened with a solid $23 million on Friday, including $6m in Thursday preview gross (another Cruise record). That’s Cruise’s second-biggest single day gross, sans inflation, behind the $23.1m opening Friday of War of the Worlds back in 2005, and thus his biggest opening day figure. While we can debate to what extent Cruise is still a “butts in the seats” movie star, he is absolutely worth a bazillion bucks when it comes to these Ethan Hunt vehicles.
While the franchise may have begun as a “Hey, watch Tom Cruise cosplay an action hero in a movie loosely based on that spy show with the cool masks and the cooler theme song,” it morphed into a kind of old-fashioned star-driven franchise in an era of IP cash-ins. Like (relatively speaking) The Equalizer, it’s less about the IP and more about a major movie star playing to their most popular onscreen persona.