‘Mission: Impossible 4′ Sets Franchise Record With $571M Worldwide So Far

Not only has the stunt-filled fourquel freshened the 15 1/2-year-old spy franchise, but saved Tom Cruise’s career from freefall and spurred Jeremy Renner into a  higher profile worldwide. Paramount tells me that director Brad Bird’s first live-action film, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, has passed $200 million in North America and, combined with its strong  performance internationally of $369M through Sunday, has outgrossed Mission: Impossible 2‘s $546.4M globally and now becomes the highest-grossing film in the franchise with $571M worldwide to date. Co-financed by Skydance Productions, M:I4 with its continuing story about IMF operative Ethan Hunt reclaimed the overseas #1 position this weekend from 7,837 locations across 63 markets. The largest of the latest five openings was China. The actioner was written by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, and produced by Cruise, J. J. Abrams (director of the third installment) and Bryan Burk, co-founder of Abrams banner Bad Robot Productions. M:I4 is the first Mission: Impossible movie to be partially filmed using IMAX cameras. The film opened exclusively in IMAX on December 16th, aided by a pairing with Warner Bros’ highly anticipated Batman threequel footage for The Dark Knight Rises, and everywhere on December 21st. “Brad Bird, Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and the entire team who worked on M:I4 created an incredibly entertaining film, one that fans worldwide embraced in record numbers,” Paramount’s Vice Chairman Rob Moore said in a statement from the studio.

Comments (34)

  • And still I can wait for video….

    Comment by Happy Town — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 9:58am PST  
    • Waiting to see this movie at home is a mistake: it’s very good and it needs to be seen in IMAX. Go!

      Comment by Michael — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 11:10am PST  
      • Was so, so over Tom Cruise, but then everybody kept saying this thing was great. Saw it on IMAX and it just blew me away. LOVED the film, LOVED Cruise, LOVED the ending-ending. When was the last time you really, really enjoyed one of the mega-blockbusters? Just entertaining as hell and just had enough of a sense of itself (that dialogue scene between Renner and Cruise talking about whether the flare on the body would work was such a meta-discussion on stupid shit in blockbusters) that I’m looking forward to a fifth one.

        Comment by bounder — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 2:34pm PST  
  • Never doubt Cruise….an actor that consisting pulls in over 200m worldwide per pic…is hardly an actor in free fall…just make MI5 Cruises last mission

    Comment by john carter — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 9:59am PST  
  • To all you “Cruise’s career is dead” well wishers: nice try.

    Comment by Markham — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 10:02am PST  
  • Congrats to Brad, this film was a lot of fun. Now get to work on Incredibles 2! (Pixars best film)

    Comment by GIBBS — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 10:03am PST  
  • A return to number one overseas and continuing strong, weekly holds in North America, $3.6 million this week, should help MI4 get really close to MI2′s $215 million dollar gross, if not exceed it.

    Comment by Marc5 — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 10:21am PST  
  • Is that adjusted for inflation?

    Comment by Brian — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 10:32am PST  

    Comment by RICO — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 10:33am PST  
    • Same here. I can’t stand Toni Collette.

      Comment by Magilla — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 2:35pm PST  
    • Then why did you bother to comment?

      Comment by Anonymous — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 5:13pm PST  
  • While I am not the biggest fan of this particular film franchise, I must say this last sequel was the best and most entertaining. Cruise’s face is getting more interesting as it ages. Simon Pegg provided the laughs, Jeremy Renner is a great new addition, fantastic action scenes, and especially kudos for casting an actress of color in the lead w/Paula Patton instead of the latest Caucasian flavor of the month It Girl. How about adding a Hispanic male or female character next sequel, Hollywood, we exist and like to see faces of people that look like us up on the big screen!

    Comment by Heelarryous — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 10:33am PST  
  • While I enjoyed MI4, I can’t wait for One Shot.

    Comment by AH — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 10:46am PST  
  • Cruise’s career was in “freefall”? Really?

    Comment by I Don't Think So — Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 11:02am PST  
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