“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” Falls Short of Box Office Expectations, but “Sound of Freedom” Surprises with Strong Ticket Sales

‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’ Adjusts Opening Gross to $78 Million

Paramount’s highly anticipated action sequel, ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,’ fell slightly short of expectations at the domestic box office, grossing an estimated $78 million over its five-day opening. Projections had initially hoped for a $90 million opening weekend for the Tom Cruise-led film. Despite optimism that the success of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ would have a positive impact on ‘Dead Reckoning,’ it seems that the film is performing within the range expected for the franchise. The previous installment, ‘Fallout,’ debuted with a then-franchise record of $61 million over three days. This time, ‘Dead Reckoning’ opened on Wednesday, including previews on Tuesday evening, which some speculate was an attempt to capitalize on premium ticket prices for IMAX before the release of ‘Oppenheimer’ by Universal and director Christopher Nolan next weekend.

While Tom Cruise has been seen as a champion for movie theaters in recent years, his films do not typically dominate the opening weekend box office. Instead, they tend to attract older audiences who are less likely to rush to theaters for a new release. ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ stands as an exception, multiplying its $126 million three-day debut to an impressive $718 million in total. Both ‘Fallout’ and ‘Rogue Nation’ also more than tripled their opening grosses. As ‘Dead Reckoning’ falls short of its projected opening, the franchise will need to rely on sustained success in the coming weeks. This seventh installment boasts the highest production budget yet, with costs reaching $290 million due to high-octane set pieces, as well as production delays and safety measures related to COVID-19. This budget exceeds that of ‘Fallout’ by over $100 million.

Positive word-of-mouth is expected to contribute to the film’s success. The ‘Mission: Impossible’ series has gained a strong following among critics, who appreciate its daring stunts, intricate set pieces, and clever humor. Variety’s chief film critic, Peter Debruge, raved about ‘Dead Reckoning’ and praised its concept and integration into the franchise’s overarching mythology. Other critics are equally impressed, reflected in the film’s 92% approval rating from top critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Audience reception has also been exhilarating, with a CinemaScore grade of “A” determined by surveying ticket buyers. The film will now aim to perform well in international markets, where the franchise has historically found success. ‘Fallout’ and ‘Rogue Nation’ both earned over 70% of their ticket sales from foreign markets. In its first three days of release, ‘Dead Reckoning’ has already amassed $82.1 million across 70 international territories.

In ‘Dead Reckoning,’ Tom Cruise reprises his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt, who assembles his team of super-spies to combat a powerful artificial intelligence known as the Entity. The film is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who also helmed the previous two entries. Returning cast members include Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Henry Czerny. Joining the franchise are newcomers Hayley Atwell, Esai Morales, Pom Klementieff, Cary Elwes, and Rob Delaney.

Amidst the excitement surrounding ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,’ another film is generating buzz with its impressive week-to-week increase in ticket sales. ‘Sound of Freedom,’ distributed by Angel Studios, is projected to earn $23 million over the weekend, a notable 17% increase from the previous weekend. Such growth is uncommon for wide releases, but ‘Sound of Freedom’ is far from a typical film. After being shelved by Disney during their acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the thriller starring Jim Caviezel found a home with Angel Studios. The studio encourages viewers to donate money so that it can distribute tickets to those wanting to see the film at no cost. However, positive word-of-mouth and a CinemaScore of “A+” have propelled the film’s success, particularly among conservative audiences. Despite facing scrutiny from anti-trafficking experts, ‘Sound of Freedom’ tells the inspiring story of real-life ex-fed Tim Ballard, who took on human trafficking through his own organization, Operation Underground Railroad.

As the box office unfolds, ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’ and ‘Sound of Freedom’ provide contrasting narratives. While the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise strives to maintain its success, ‘Sound of Freedom’ defies industry norms with its remarkable increase in ticket sales, propelled by its compelling story and positive audience reception.