Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One' Soars Towards Best $90 Million Franchise Opening

Box Office: ‘Mission Impossible 7’ Targets Over $90 Million Opening In North America

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One goes to the domestic box office races.

The Paramount and Skydance tentpole with Tom Cruise earned $15.5 million Wednesday, including a franchise-best $7 million in Tuesday night previews. That puts the film on track to post a five-day opening of over $90 million, which would be even better set.

Showdown it’s opening midweek to get a jump on the competition. The tentpole, which earned an A CinemaScore from audiences, is directed by Christopher McQuarrie. The cast also includes Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Czerny, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg.

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Cruise is a favorite with theater owners. He resisted putting 2022 Top Gun: nonconformist streamed, and ended up being the highest-grossing domestic feature film released in 2022 with $774.7 million domestic, for a total of $1.49 billion globally.

The actor has become something of an ambassador of cinema. In recent days he has urged his fans to support all summer films, including that of Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer and Greta Gerwig Barbieboth open in theaters July 21.

The new Mission Impossible the film has faced multiple setbacks caused by COVID-19. Filming was halted at least five times due to the pandemic, with Cruise and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie eventually contracting the disease, and audio of Cruise insisting the crew abide by COVID restrictions went viral .

Earlier this week, Cruise said The Hollywood Reporter how “incredible” it was to overcome those challenges and open the tentpole on the big screen. “We talked about it. We dreamed it. It’s very, very special,” Cruise said at the film’s New York City premiere. “ON Best Gun: Maverick, they kept pushing the movie and pushing the movie, and for (McQuarrie) and I, this is such an ambitious movie. And it was a very challenging film to produce, and then it all happened, and it was even more challenging. So to have that answer… it’s very, very special.”