Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One has broken a franchise record despite failing to match early expectations. The movie, which premiered in theaters on July 21, is the seventh outing for Tom Cruise as superspy Ethan Hunt, who first appeared in 1996’s Mission: Impossible. This new movie pits Hunt and his team against the most deadly enemy yet, one that threatens the entire future of humanity.
Per Deadline, the Mission: Impossible 7 box office has raked in the best 5-day gross of any movie in the franchise. Although it fell toward the bottom of its projected range, it nevertheless grossed a total of $80 million at the domestic box office. This combines with the movie’s international grosses for a whopping worldwide total of $235 million.
How Will Mission: Impossible 7 Perform At The Box Office Overall?
Although Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One has broken a franchise record, in the U.S. it still opened behind the lukewarm Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny box office. Both movies boast massive budgets (with Mission: Impossible 7 totaling around $300 million and Indiana Jones going as high as $400 million in some estimates), but Mission: Impossible 7 has the advantage of a strong international presence to bolster its relatively lukewarm domestic gross. Nevertheless, it still has a long way to go to become profitable, as its break-even point is around $800 million.
The highest-grossing movie in the franchise so far was 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which earned a 5-day total of $77.5 million. Considering how close this is to Dead Reckoning, it stands to reason that the new movie may not gross much higher than that entry’s worldwide total of $786.6 million. This could push the Dead Reckoning into the black, but potentially not much farther than that.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is also facing some fierce box office competition in the coming weeks. Next weekend sees the much-memed double release of Barbie and Oppenheimer, which will almost certainly claim the No. 1 and No. 2 slots at the box office that weekend, respectively. The following weekend, Disney’s Haunted Mansion will enter the fray, taking up a substantial amount of oxygen at the box office that could further choke out Mission: Impossible on the domestic front, meaning it will have to rely heavily on international markets to push it across the finish line.