Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mission Impossible 4

The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name.
Director: Brad Bird
Writers: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg

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When Mission: Impossible 3 hit theaters in in 2006, it was the beginning of what looked like the end of Tom Cruise‘s career. Cruise had been acting “erratic” over the past few months. He had famously jumped on Oprah Winfrey‘s couch because of his enthusiasm over his new relationship with Katie Holmes. He had a very public fight with Brooke Shields over the use of antidepressants and was more outspoken than every about Scientology.

Viacom head Sumner Redstone blamed Cruise’s behavior on the lackluster box office performance of Mission: Impossible 3 and severed Paramount’s ties with Cruise.

Since then Cruise’s movies have underperformed at the box office. Mission: Impossible 3 actually ended up earning $400 million at the box office. The closest he’s come to that in the past five years is last year’s Knight & Day which brought in $262 million globally.

With Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol thought Cruise is proving that it’s never wise to count the movie star completely out. Paramount (now on good terms with Cruise again) rolled out the film last week in limited (mostly IMAX) release and the movie brought in a healthy $15 million at the box office. That made the film the highest-grossing limited release debut ever beating out Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (for real).

This weekend the film will expand 3,400 theater and Exhibitor Relations expects it will top the five-day holiday box office with $37 million. That might not sound like a lot (consider the recent Harry Potter movie opened to $170 million over three days), but it’s enough to put the movie on track for healthy earnings. The film outbuzzed the Sherlock Holmes sequel last week and it’s getting great reviews. Mission: Impossible 4 earns a 97 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes.

Cruise has been playing the ultimate movie star promoting the movie. Recent tabloid photos show Cruise ice skating with his daughter, Suri. There have been no Scientology scandals — only glamorous movie stars at exotic locations like Mumbai and Dubai.

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