Better with age? Tom Cruise's latest 'Impossible' tops box office

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While people checked into the theatres to watch the latest offering of the Mission Impossible series, Bollywood's Dhadak took a back seat.

As a matter of fact the entire first week total of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was Rs. 38.70 crore and the manner in which the Tom Cruise starrer is now going, its weekend would come quite close to this mark.

It just beat out 2000's "Mission: Impossible II".

The Paramount/Skydance production took in an estimated $61.5 million for the three-day weekend, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations, more than quadrupling the $15 million earned by second-place "Mamma Mia!"

After six movies, 22 years, countless bruises and a broken ankle, Tom Cruise's death-defying Mission: Impossible stunts continue to pay off at the box office.

"Paramount was strategically ideal in their marketing and publicity game", said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

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"Tom Cruise is a big star in India and everyone is aware of how well made a franchise Mission Impossible is", said film trade and exhibition expert Girish Johar.

It's also a good time to be a movie star at the moment. The film, which cost $178 million to produce, received excellent reviews from critics, and moviegoers gave it an A CinemaScore. The 55-year-old was left seriously injured last August after snapping his ankle while perform a jump between two high-rise buildings for the action-thriller.

Second place in the USA box office went to Mamma Mia! It was a much steeper decline than the first film, which dropped only 36 per cent between its first and second weekends.

Animated threequel "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" is hoping to bring in another $12.4 million in its third frame, which would bring its domestic total to around $119 million.

From a less number-led perspective, the weekend's results are sure to have a positive impact on the series' future; a seventh film seems nearly certain, and given how well-received Christopher McQuarrie's work on the film has been, as the writer-director of both Rogue Nation and Fallout, we wouldn't be surprised if Paramount can tempt him back for a third time.

"Teen Titans Go! to the Movies" should earn around $11 million in its debut this weekend.

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