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Mission Impossible 7 Box Office Pushes Franchise Past Major Milestone-TGN

Summary

  • Mission: Impossible 7 has now earned $551.9 million worldwide, pushing the franchise’s cumulative box office total past $4 billion.
  • Tom Cruise’s star power and strong reviews have kept franchise going for almost 30 years, but the latest film’s disappointing numbers raise questions about future.
  • Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie have expressed interest in continuing the franchise for years to come, but the performance of Mission: Impossible 8 may be crucial in deciding the series’ future.


Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One hasn’t been the smash hit that Paramount was hoping for, but the movie just pushed the franchise past a significant box office milestone. After first playing the character back in 1996, Tom Cruise returns as superspy Ethan Hunt for director Christopher McQuarrie’s latest sequel. The new film has earned rave reviews from critics, but, with a COVID-inflated budget of $300 million, has struggled to make a splash at the box office.

Now, per The Numbers, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One‘s box office has passed $551.9 million worldwide, meaning the franchise’s cumulative total has crossed $4 billion. In total, the seven movies in the franchise have earned a whopping $4.128 billion, with Mission: Impossible – Fallout still the reigning champion with $786.6 million.


How Much Longer Will Mission: Impossible Continue?

With more than $4 billion earned, it’s clear why the Mission: Impossible franchise has continued for nearly 30 years. Cruise continues to be a highly bankable star and, had the movie not cost $300 million, Mission: Impossible 7‘s box office would be a commendable result. The movie is essentially guaranteed to not break even during its theatrical run, but it’s very likely that it will eventually do so on VOD, not to mention the value it will have to the Paramount Plus streaming service.

The film’s disappointing numbers do, however, raise questions about how much longer the franchise will continue. Mission: Impossible 8 filming is already partially completed with a release date set for next summer. It’s possible that the sequel will be delayed if the SAG-AFTRA strike continues for much longer, but the film is definitely going to be completed and released at some point. Beyond that, however, things are less clear.

McQuarrie and Cruise have expressed interest in Mission: Impossible 9, essentially saying that they will continue to make the movies as long as audiences are entertained. The future of the franchise, then, does seem like it will rest heavily on how the next movie performs. Despite its less-than-stellar box office performance, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One has earned some of the best reviews of the franchise from critics and audiences alike, and it’s possible that this will result in a stronger showing next year for its follow-up.

Source: The Numbers

Key Release Dates

  • Mission Impossible 7 Box Office Pushes Franchise Past Major Milestone-TGN

    Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two

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