Mission Impossible Franchise Proves That Failure Is Impossible

M I 4A week before the release of the fourth installment in the Mission Impossible series, Tom Cruise was seen along with wife Katie Holmes touring countries far and wide in an effort to promote the film. Those who had already seen the rushes were convinced that this particular sequel would make it to the list of best films in 2011. The entire package being presented in ‘The Ghost Protocol’ was perhaps the most convincing the production could have presented. Tom Cruise, action sequences on Burj Kalifa and not to mention the storyline which was interestingly made mysterious and the villain, purposefully hidden.

Well within a week, the makers of the action thriller starring Tom Cruise reprising the role of secret agent Ethan Hunt have prided in grossing the highest among all the week’s releases over the weekend. The collections that stood at $38.3 million in four days have impressed the masses and stunned other filmmakers whose releases took a beating. Some that faced the heat of ‘The Ghost Protocol’ success were ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ which grossed $26.5 million ahead of ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked’ which collected only $21 million in the same time period of four days since release. Even the magic-maker Steven Spielberg couldn’t survive the competition Brad Bird’s only 2011 release created even before it attracted the Christmas rushes with an early release on 16th December.

These statistics and profit prowess of movies released in December are only indicative of North American collections. However, Brad Bird’s Mission Impossible is still a considerable competition for Spielberg’s release ‘War Horse’ even internationally where the latter is doing fair business as every other Spielberg movie usually does. Mission Impossible has yet had record breaking collections domestically and internationally. The movie has made records with over $600 million made worldwide which incidentally is more that the overall collections of previous Mission Impossible releases. The collections have propelled the production house Paramount ahead of any other in America with its worth being estimated at $5.17 billion. Even beyond the New Year, the movie hasn’t lost its speed and does not show any signs of slowing down.

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