After three weeks in cinemas, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning – Part One has reached a new box office milestone. The first in a two-parter to complete the spy franchise surpassed the $493 million mark at the worldwide box office (as reported by Collider), bringing it painfully close to half a billion.
The film is still behind its predecessor, Fallout, which reached $791 million worldwide in 2018. In fairness, Dead Reckoning – Part One has faced fierce competition in the form of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s latest three-hour epic, Oppenheimer, and faced an expensive mid-pandemic production. To break even, the film will need to reach $600 million. Tall order.
Compared to other films in the franchise, Dead Reckoning’s commercial performance is weaker, despite critical acclaim upon release. The fourth entry in the series, Ghost Protocol, pulled in a staggering $694 million in 2011, while its successor, Rogue Nation, four years later, made $688 million worldwide.
Dead Reckoning – Part One, however, is not the lowest-grossing film to date. That lands on the gritty Mission Impossible III, which fell shy of the $400 million mark in 2006, ($399, close enough). “This summer is full of amazing movies to see in theaters,” Cruise recently wrote in a Twitter post.
“Congratulations, Harrison Ford, on 40 years of Indy and one of the most iconic characters in history. I love a double feature, and it doesn’t get more explosive (or more pink) than one with Oppenheimer and Barbie.”
Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning – Part One stars Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Czerny, Esai Morales, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Nick Offerman, Janet McTeer, and Shea Whigham. Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning – Part Two is scheduled to debut in cinemas on Friday, 28th June 2024. For FlickLuster’s review of Part One, read here.