Box Office World: “Mission: Impossible” had a strong opening, but Tom Cruise struggled in China

Virginiaeranet . The world belongs to Tom Cruise… or at least a large part of it. “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One” had no trouble achieving a record-breaking result outside of the US and China. Unfortunately, in China, local titles didn’t give the show a chance, as it debuted there only in third place.

Nevertheless, “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One” managed to gross $98.7 million over the weekend. Since last weekend, when pre-release screenings began, the film has raised $155 million outside of the US. Globally, that’s $235 million.

“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One” was launched in 70 countries around the world and set a franchise opening record in 35 of them. The film performed exceptionally well in China, earning $27.3 million, the highest result. It also performed impressively in South Korea, where it accumulated $14.3 million by the end of the week, making it the best opening for a Hollywood production this year. It was followed by India ($9 million), Australia ($8.3 million), and France ($7.7 million).

Trailer for the movie “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One”


Number two on our list is the best-selling film in China today, “Ba jiao long zhong” (Never Say Never). Compared to its opening, it only experienced a 15% drop and earned an outstanding $48.6 million. This brings the total proceeds to $222.8 million.

But that’s nothing compared to “Chang An.” The animated film saw a 54% increase in revenue and grossed $46 million this weekend, pushing the total to surpass the $100 million mark (currently at $101 million).

Meanwhile, “The Elements Between Us” won’t be as big of a flop as the opening indicated. The animation is performing remarkably well in cinemas, with sales increasing week by week in many places, including Germany and Argentina. In South Korea, it has already become the ninth highest-grossing animation in history. Last weekend, the film earned an impressive $28.2 million, pushing its global earnings past the $300 million limit (now at $311.7 million). This is the first Pixar animation since Toy Story 4 to achieve this milestone.

The fifth place belongs to the horror film “Insidious: Red Door.” We estimate its weekend earnings at $19.9 million. Last week, the film opened in theaters in Indonesia, where it grossed $3.8 million, and Vietnam ($770,000). In the Philippines, it has already become the highest-grossing horror film in history. Overall, it has earned $64.5 million outside the US and $122.6 million globally, currently ranking as the third highest-grossing installment of the series.

The sixth place was taken by a new Chinese release, the animation “Cha a er zhong” (Oh My School!). The film had an opening of $18.8 million.

Indiana Jones and the Artifact of Destiny claims the seventh spot. Last weekend, the film only managed to gross $17 million. However, it has just surpassed the $300 million milestone globally (currently at $302.4 million).

China’s biggest box-office hit in recent months, “Xiao shi de ta” (Lost in the Stars), is listed at number eight this time. The film earned another $16.8 million, making it the fifth premiere of this year (and the third Chinese film) to surpass half a billion dollars in foreign markets.

The ninth place is occupied by an exceptional film that hit theaters without any promotion. There were no trailers or commercials—only one poster. However, the name of the director, Hayao Miyazaki, was enough. As a result, “Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka” (How Do You Live?) grossed a perfect $13.2 million in its opening weekend in Japan. The animation is expected to have long-lasting popularity, as viewer opinions are predominantly filled with admiration.

Spider-Man: Through the Multiverse completes the top ten, with the Sony animation grossing another $5.4 million worldwide.

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