The sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise is already on target for a potentially huge opening weekend at the box office, comparitively speaking.
As reported by Variety, Mission: Impossible - Fallout is looking to bring in somewhere between $50 and $65 million domestically this weekend -- which isn't exactly Avengers money, but would be a high-water mark for the franchise.
And the timing couldn't be better. With a budget totalling around $178 million, Fallout is now the most expensive film in the Mission: Impossible series. Some of the inflated costs were due to production delays incurred after star Tom Cruise broke his ankle during one of the many death-defying stunts that he insists on performing himself.
If it manages to push up towards the $60-million mark, Fallout will have the biggest opening weekend in the M:I franchise, not adjusting for inflation. According to Box Office Mojo, Mission Impossible II is the current champion, having brought in just shy of $58 million when it opened back in 2000. The previous installment, Rogue Nation, took in more than $55 million its opening weekend in the summer of 2015. Together, the first five films have grossed a little less than $1 billion domestically.
Early responses to the film have been overwhelmingly positive, and it continues to receive high praise from critics, particularly for its signature jaw-dropping action sequences. The film's late-July release also marks the unofficial end to a record-breaking summer of big-budget sequels, which started back in April with the release of Marvel's mega-crossover Avengers: Infinity War.
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