'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Scores Highest Opening Numbers in Franchise History
By Brock Wilbur
Tom Cruise brought in $20 million this Friday with the opening of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.
The fifth movie in the franchise -- which was produced by Cruise -- is expected to make just over $50 million for Paramount this weekend alone, with Friday's opening marking the biggest in franchise history.
In the latest movie, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team take on their most impossible mission yet: Eradicating the Syndicate, an international rogue organization out to dismantle the IMF.
Cruise himself has earned more than $100 million in 17 of his 35 movies, and he recently revealed the secret to his box office success.
"Every day on a movie set you learn. I feel myself to be really a student," Cruise said. "Just when you think you've climbed the mountain, you realize there's another mountain to climb and it never gets boring. I feel very privileged to do what I do."
The first four films in the franchise have brought in more than $2 billion combined, with nearly $700 million coming from the previous series entry, Ghost Protocol.
Cruise's picture decimated the second place box-office contender for this weekend, the Ed Helms-fronted comedy Vacation, which brought in a mere $4 million on Friday and hopes to make just under $20 million by next week.
If only they'd forced Helms to do his own death-defying stunts, maybe this would be a closer race.
Then again, Chris Hemsworth's abs alone should have helped.
Ant-Man and Minions are competing for third place -- both are expected to gross $12 million this weekend.
Check out the video below to hear what Cruise had to say about the film's biggest, scariest stunts.