‘Mission: Impossible - Fallout’ sets franchise high with $61.5 million opening

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Tom Cruise is once again the king of the box office, with the highly anticipated debut of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout' crushing the competition at the box office in its opening weekend". Trust me, if you're curious how Mission: Impossible - Fallout was made, you're going to enjoy this interview.

"Rogue Nation" filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returned to write and direct "Fallout", making him the first person to take the reins of more than one movie in the franchise.

With positive word of mouth from both its glowing reviews (it's now at 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and cheerful CinemaScore results (it got an A), Fallout is likely to have a good few weeks ahead of it. Rogue Nation ended its cinema run with a total of $682 million; there's no reason, going by its current velocity, why Fallout can't beat that. Talk about the film started early, in August of 2017, when Cruise broke his ankle performing a stunt in London with video to prove it.

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who also handled Rogue Nation), Fallout finds super-spy Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his International Monetary Fund colleagues trying to recover stolen plutonium after a mission gone awry.

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The Censor Board of Film Certification had ordered the makers of Mission: Impossible - Fallout to erase the mention of Kashmir from the final cut of the film.

Second place in the United States box office went to Mamma Mia!

The movie won the weekend box office handedly with an estimated $61.5 million take, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It was a much steeper decline than the first film, which dropped only 36 per cent between its first and second weekends.

Fourth spot went to another Sony film, "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation", at $12.3 million. The Warner Bros. release earned $10.5 million and landed in fifth place.

There are a number of super successful action movie franchises out there right now, including Fast and Furious, Pirates Of The Caribbean, and the James Bond films.