The awareness and buzz factor surrounding Jack Reacher is not exactly up there with the bigger tentpoles, but maybe it should. Today’s news has the director of the Tom Cruise-starrer in Paramount’s crosshairs for Mission: Impossible 5. While this is a not a done deal, the fact that the studio wants to recruit McQuarrie for such a high profile pic speaks volumes about what they think about Jack Reacher. Furthermore, this would be the second pick-up for the director following his work on Reacher because he is also set to helm Without Remorse–a Jack Reacher spin-off that will eventually help create a shared Tom Clancy movie universe.
Even with continued strength at the box office, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol lost its status as number one movie in America to a horror film that was thoroughly mauled by critics–The Devil Inside. The $1 million film brought in a miraculous $34.5 million beating Ghost Protocol’s $20.5 million by a huge margin. This is getting a lot of carriage in the media because the horror flick was not expected to do so well. It is presumed that a lack of movies in the genre as of late helped push The Devil Inside to rock star status in the face of critical disdain for the feature.
Bringing up the rear were the same laundry list of Christmas films in roughly the same order as they have been. Beyond that, there is nothing special to report other than Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol passed $400 million worldwide and Sherlock Holmes is approaching the $300 million mark.
There is a new featurette out covering the ever so popular cat fight scene in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol with actress Paula Patton. On the box office side of things, the fourth installment of the franchise is quickly approaching the $400 million worldwide mark which would put it past Mission: Impossible III. Maybe Sherlock Holmes needed a good cat fight…
After Friday’s take, the latest Mission: Impossible movie has surpassed the $300 million mark globally. The milestone is something that the franchise is familiar with as every one of Ghost Protocol’s predecessors has done near or beyond $400 million, and it certainly looks like this one will easily do the same given the speed is over 15% faster than M:I 3 in the first week-to-week comparison when ignoring the Imax early release. That is something truly incredible in a world where franchises seldom have box office resurgences without full fledged reboots. You could always complain and say Ghost Protocol had the holidays to help, but M:I 3 had minimal competition at best when released in early May 2006.
Is it worth mentioning anymore that a sequel is doing better overseas this year? This year’s Mission: Impossible is certainly doing well outside of the United States with 65% of its grosses so far coming from international audiences. This is on par with Mission: Impossible 3 despite the higher domestic take which translated into franchise growth at both ends of the spectrum.
While it looks like the franchise is stronger than ever, the official domestic opening weekend of Ghost Protocol still lagged that of the first two editions of Mission: Impossible. When all is said and done with the foreign total added in though, M:I 4 could conceivably top the first installment’s $458 million; however, no one is expecting for it to lay down a franchise record as the series’ second outing amassed nearly $550 million worldwide back in 2000.
The holiday weekend forecast has changed quite a bit since Thursday morning as it now looks like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will come in far below initial expectations, proving that buzz does not necessarily translate into box office success. While the movie may still deliver, it will not be the blockbuster dynamo some thought it could be given the size of its installed fan base.
Sherlock Holmes 2 now looks to capture the number two spot at the box office for the holiday behind Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. The numbers look really bad as Friday shopping most likely muffled even Sherlock Holmes which was down over 50% for the day week-to-week at a mere $6.8 million. Normally that is alright, but for the start of a holiday weekend that is not what Hollywood would like to see. How do we know for sure that the Sherlock shrinkage was abnormal? Alvin and the Chipmunks:Chipwrecked only dropped 20% week-to-week and while hypothetically the two film’s target different ages to an extent (the latter benefiting more from schools off on Christmas break), the gap is big enough to raise eyebrows. For the record, M:I 4 easily scored a win for the day with $9.7 million.
For the less high profile openings, We Bought a Zoo and The Adventures of Tintin are also lagging significantly. Seeing how Tintin suffers from lack of domestic recognition among movie goers and automatically gets the ‘we hate motion capture’ penalty the film’s performance might not have been too surprising. We Bought a Zoo, however, is more of a disappointment as clearly the film tried to capture that Marley and Me, animal loving audience from a few Christmas’ back and failed miserably. The two titles amassed $3.5 million and $3 million respectively.
Out of all the Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol clips, this one is definitely near the top of the heap in terms of comic relief. Watch as Simon Pegg’s character refuses to open the door for Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and Hunt’s subsequent reaction when he attempts to deviate from the mission’s plan. The movie opens on Wednesday, December 21. Continue Reading
The early reviews have been pouring out for the Brad Bird-directed Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive thus far. Perhaps the biggest compliment being paid to the franchise’s latest effort is that it is the strongest film of the four features starring Tom Cruise. Continue Reading
Here are two clips recently released to promote Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The movie stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner and will hit theaters on December 21, 2011. Continue Reading
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocolwas not supposed to open until December 21, but now the studio is looking at changing the industry by opening the film into IMAX theaters five days early. The advantage of opening on December 16? Die hard fans who have to see it ASAP will be forced to pay more per ticket. Continue Reading
Mission: Impossible 4 has been moved from December 16 to December 21. This is an effort to help the franchise’s latest installment at the box office as it had been lined up against Sherlock 2 starring Robert Downey Jr. which is set for December 16. Continue Reading
Here is the first trailer for the Mission: Impossible 4 which stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton. The film hits theaters on December 21, 2011 in the US. Continue Reading
The writing duo behind Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol has been given another round at Paramount. Word has it that the duo of Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec have just been tapped to script the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot–a hot property that is undoubtedly going to gain a lot of attention in future months. Continue Reading