Anywho, both “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” and “Vacation” are expected to make healthy returns to the multiplex.
To date, the Mission: Impossible franchise has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. Not bad for a series that’s nearly twenty years old. Back in 1996. “Mission: Impossible” debuted at the top of the domestic charts with $45.4 million,
in the summer of 2000, the Jon Woo directed “Mission: Impossible II” took in over $57 million during its opening weekend. The film finished with over $546 million worldwide.
Things got a little crazy in 2006 when “Mission: Impossible III” (my choice for worst entry in the series) opened to a little over $47 million. That doesn’t sound like a bad start, but the movie finished with just over $134 million domestically. This movie should have been an easy home run, but it felt rushed.
Also, keep in mind the third movie came out during Tom Cruise’s couch jumping days, which probably didn’t help matters.
Four years ago, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” hit theatres around Christmas, and people didn’t expect much from the movie. In its opening weekend, Ghost Protocol only managed to earn a bit over $12 million, good enough for only third place. But, the movie was widely praised, and is my favorite Mission Impossible movie to date. And it did finish with nearly $695 million worldwide.
Paramount thinks “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” will debut somewhere in the $40 million range, which sounds about right to me. Although some are predicting that Tom Cruise’s latest movie will go even higher, possibly even reaching $50 million.
Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive once again, and Rogue Nation currently boasts a healthy 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. And I can’t wait to see it. Well, I have to wait until tomorrow due to a scheduling conflict, but you get the idea.
Starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate Leslie Mann, and Chris Hemsworth, “Vacation” is the first film in the series since 1997’s “Vegas Vacation.” Unless you count the tv movie from 2003, and the short film from a few years ago. In which case the new “Vacation” is actually the seventh film in the series.
Regardless, before its Wednesday opening, the all-new, all-different “Vacation” was expected to perform similarly to another R-rated late-summer Warner Bros. comedy: 2013’s “We’re the Millers.” The Millers also opened on a Wednesday, earning a solid $37.9 million over five days and $26.4 million for the weekend.
But maybe a similar opening was just wishful thinking by the studio, because so far, “Vacation” has only earned $3.8 million (including Tuesday previews), putting it on track for a debut around $30 million for the five-day period, and a $20 million weekend.