‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’ Accepts US$235M Franchise-Best Global Debut

Tom Cruise has been on a mission to get fans into cinemas, and it’s working so far. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One debuted with US$235 million globally, making it the best global debut for the long-standing franchise.

US$155 million of that global haul is thanks to international markets including China (US$25.4 million), the United Kingdom (US$13.8 million), India (US$9 million), Australia (US$8.3 million) and New Zealand (US$1.5 million). Other top-earning territories were Korea (US$14.3 million), France (US$7.7 million) and Taiwan (US$7.7 million).

In Singapore, Dead Reckoning racked up US$1.8 million and is the biggest opener in 2023, beating previous record holder Transfomers: Rise of the Beasts. The movie is also the biggest opener in the Mission: Impossible franchise and Cruise films in Singapore, after Rogue Nation and Fallout.

In IMAX, Dead Reckoning Part One grossed US$25 million globally. It is the franchise’s top start ever in the format and is the second-best launch of 2023.

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Domestically, Dead Reckoning Part One made US$80 million in its first five days of release. It topped Fallout at US$77.5 million and Mission: Impossible II at US$78.8 million. Despite performing better than the previous movie, Dead Reckoning Part One did not meet domestic expectations. The film is on par with other movies of similar fate like Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. The Disney movie debuted at US$60 million and pulled in US$84 million through the five-day frame.

Summer movies are unfortunately not fairing as well as filmmakers might hope. If Dead Reckoning Part One wants to pull through the current slump, it needs to have a long box office run. Unfortunately, the release of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer might pose a hurdle. When Oppenheimer releases, it will take over all IMAX screens, pushing Dead Reckoning Part One aside.

With Oppenheimer and Barbie releasing on the same day – otherwise known as ‘Barbenheimer’ – there’s a chance that the summer box office may turn around from bummer to stunner.