THE BIGGER SCENE
“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” has crossed the impressive milestone of half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. In North America, it’s earned just under $160 million, while foreign markets have contributed $362 million, making the global total $522 million. The film marks another appearance by Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in his well-known role.
A bit over a month since its release, “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One” has achieved the half-billion-dollar mark in global earnings. During its fifth weekend, the film experienced a moderate 29% drop, bringing in $4.5 million in the domestic market and $20 million abroad. The cumulative earnings for North America are close to $160 million, with an additional $362 million from international markets, summing up to $522 million.
The film is poised to surpass the lifetime global earnings of “Mission: Impossible 2,” which stands at $546 million, although inflation would greatly increase this figure by 2023. Despite this, there’s minimal likelihood of “Dead Reckoning Part One” exceeding or even equalling the performances of the three latest movies in this long-standing espionage series. For instance, “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” earned $694 million in 2011, “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” $688 million in 2015, and “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” hit a series high of $791 million in 2018.
However, none of the other films in the franchise, including the first “Mission: Impossible” and “Mission: Impossible III” (both already surpassed by “Dead Reckoning Part One”), had a budget as inflated as this one. Mostly due to pandemic-related factors, the film’s budget swelled to almost $300 million, meaning that it needs to earn about $600 million globally to reach the break-even point. Generally, a film of this magnitude must earn double its production budget to begin realizing a profit.
“Barbenheimer” Derailed the Film’s Success
The lackluster performance of “Dead Reckoning Part One” is particularly unexpected, given Tom Cruise’s previous invincibility at the box office, notably with the record-shattering “Top Gun: Maverick,” which raked in almost $1.5 billion globally. The release of “Barbenheimer” just 10 days after “Dead Reckoning Part One,” led to a 65% plunge in its second weekend, a setback from which it never completely recovered. The loss of all its IMAX screens to Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” also hurt. Despite efforts by IMAX to convince Paramount to shift the release, they were unsuccessful. It is now evident that “Barbenheimer” was the primary factor in the film’s downturn, even though it received glowing reviews. Indeed, “Dead Reckoning Part One” is the second-highest-rated installment in the series on Rotten Tomatoes.
Attention is now focused on the sequel, “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part Two,” set for next year. Its release might be postponed since the film is still unfinished, and it’s unlikely to resume production soon due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. For further insights, watch our interview with director Christopher McQuarrie and keep an eye on FilmSweep for additional updates.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
How much has “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” earned at the global box office?
The film has grossed almost $160 million in North America and $362 million overseas, totaling $522 million globally.
What affected the film’s performance at the box office?
The film’s relative underperformance was significantly affected by the release of “Barbenheimer” just 10 days after its debut, and losing all its IMAX screens to Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer.”
Is “Dead Reckoning Part One” expected to surpass other Mission: Impossible films?
It is on the verge of overtaking “Mission: Impossible 2,” but there’s little chance of it surpassing the performances of the three most recent films in the franchise.
What was the budget for “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” and how much does it need to earn to break even?
Mainly due to pandemic-related reasons, the film’s budget ballooned to nearly $300 million, meaning that it needs to gross around $600 million worldwide just to break even.
Is there any information about “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part Two”?
Yes, “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part Two” could possibly be delayed because it remains unfinished, and likely won’t resume filming anytime soon because of the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
Why is “Dead Reckoning Part One” called the second-highest rated movie of the series?
“Dead Reckoning Part One” is the second-highest rated movie of the Mission: Impossible series on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, although the exact rating or reason is not specified in the text.