Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation cruised over the $500 million mark this weekend at the worldwide box office. The fifth entry in the franchise continues its impressive run before its release in China next week.
The Middle Kingdom only allows for 34 American movies a year to be released, so securing one of these sought after places can drastically alter the final tally.Terminator Genisys felt the benefit when it took a staggering $27 million in just one day, the continued strong performance in China has officially made the poorly received sequel a hit. The previous Mission Impossible took more than $100 million in China, and we should expect Rogue Nation to take a similar amount.
Another summer leftover also hit a key milestone, Jurassic World has become the fourth movie in history to make more than $1 billion at the international box office. To date only Avatar, Titanic and Furious 7 has achieved this feat, and now Jurassic World joins this elite club.
Universal have had one heck of a good summer; they have pretty much won the box office battle of 2015 with a string of over-performing titles. Universal’s release schedule has seen record takings driven by Furious 7, Minions, Fifty Shades of Grey and Jurassic World. Believe it or not, Universal didn’t have a legitimate $1 billion movie until this year. A 2013 rerelease of Jurassic Park helped nudge it over the magic number but didn’t hit the $1 billion mark upon its original release. Now Universal have three $1 billion movies with Minions, Jurassic World and Furious 7 in a single summer.
Paramount and Tom Cruise are already working on Mission Impossible 6, and the hunt for a new director has officially begun.