Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is one of the most anticipated movies of this year, and despite its positive critical and audience reviews, the seventh film in Tom Cruise‘s action-adventure franchise is failing to meet expectations. Dead Reckoning Part One was initially tracked to open to $90 million at the domestic box office. But after its five-day debut, it only managed to secure nearly $80 million in North America, with its $56.2 million weekend.
Dead Reckoning Part One has the second-best opening weekend in the franchise after Mission: Impossible which opened to $78.5 million (not adjusted for inflation) in its five-day debut. The reason behind Dead Reckoning’s release on Wednesday was that it could get a little more time to earn money at the box office before Christopher Nolan‘s Oppenheimer and Greta Gerwig‘s Barbie open on July 21.
Outside of the United States, the Cruise film is also struggling to earn in China with its less than impressive opening of $25.9 million from Friday to Sunday, which is really low if compare to the last Mission: Impossible outing which earned $76 million back in 2018.
Dead Reckoning Part One did well at the UK and Ireland box office as it earned nearly $13.2 million (according to Comscore), making it the No. 1 film in the territory. The Cruise film also became the top Hollywood earner of 2023 in India with its five-day opening of above $9 million.
In total, Dead Reckoning Part One earned $235 million globally in its five-day opening. Earned a respectable $155 million at the international box office and $80 million at the domestic box office. These are good numbers compared to many big-budget Hollywood films of this year (I am looking at you, The Flash) but this MI film was also a bit pricey as it took $295 million to make the film even before the marketing costs.
Despite, Dead Reckoning Part One’s slow start at the box office there is still hope for the Tom Cruise film to be a big hit as all of the MI films have always started slow but went on to become massive earners. The release of the Barbenheimer still could be a big hurdle for the Cruise film to cross, but as a Cruise fan, I can say that his film can almost survive anything even a glittery nuke exploding in the theaters.