Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" rose to $ 6 million on Thursday night.
Revenues (from 3,300 North American locations) are well above $ 4 million in 2015's "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation" preview.
Paramount's sixth edition of the franchise is expected to dominate the weekend, with forecasts of between $ 50 million and $ 65 million at 4,386 locations. "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" comes with 98% on Rotten Tomatoes as the best rated title in the series. Cruises Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Mission Force join CIA assassin August Walker, played by Henry Cavill, to prevent a worldwide nuclear attack.
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Cruise propagates "Fallout" by describing one of the film's biggest stunts, where it fell at 200 mph to complete a parachute scene that requires 106 takes. The three-minute scene takes place at sunset over Paris as Cruise and Cavill jump into a thunderstorm at 25,000 feet. On Thursday evening, James Corden showed an 11-minute clip on the "Late Late Show," in which the startled talk show presenter stepped onto the star for a 15,000-foot parachute jump.
In 2015, "Rogue Nation" had a solid $ 55.5 million start and finish with $ 192 million in domestic and $ 682 million worldwide. The highest opener in the series was "Mission: Impossible 2" from 2000 at $ 57.8 million, while in 2011 "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" was the lowest at $ 29.6 million.
"Mission: Impossible – Fallout" is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who returned to the director's chair after "Rogue Nation." He also wrote the screenplay for "Fallout". The first four films were filmed by Brian De Palma, John Woo, JJ Abrams and Brad Bird
The film is produced and funded by Paramount and its partner Skydance Productions under the direction of David Ellison. Cruise is a producer along with Abrams, Bryan Burk, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger.
Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Michelle Monaghan and Sean Harris are back in their roles from previous films as Cavill, Vanessa Kirby and Sian Brooke join the cast. The franchise is based on the TV series from 1966 to 1973.