‘Mission: Impossible 4′ Sets Franchise Record With $571M Worldwide So Far

By | Sunday January 29, 2012 @ 9:46am PST

Not only has the stunt-filled fourquel freshened the 15 1/2-year-old spy franchise, but saved Tom Cruise’s career from freefall and spurred Jeremy Renner into a  higher profile worldwide. Paramount tells me that director Brad Bird’s first live-action film, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, has passed $200 million in … Read More »

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Holiday Box Office: Xmas +11%, NYE +15% But 2011 Grosses -3.4% And Attendance -4.21%; Fewest People Seeing Movies In 16 Years; ‘MI:4′ Ends 2011 #1 With $366M Global

By | Monday January 2, 2012 @ 8:03am PST

MONDAY AM, 2ND UPDATE: Full analysis and numbers coming…

Let’s party hearty with the end-of-holiday box office for end-of-year 2011. Or let’s not (and say we did.) The Christmas and New Years topper is still Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol which passed $100M domestic on Thursday and $200M internationally Friday. That makes for $300+M global so far. Interesting that Steven Spielberg’s War Horse from DreamWorks/Disney is up +21% over Friday for #3. Lots of analysis coming because sources tell me this final weekend will definitely be up over last year. Here’s the North American Top 10:

1. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Paramount) Week 3 [3,455 Runs]
Friday $10.7M (+8% from last Fri), Saturday $8.7M, Est 3-Day Weekend $28.2M
Est 4-Day Holiday $40M, Est Cume $141M

2. Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3.703 Runs]
Friday $7.4M, Saturday $6.2M, Est 3-Day Weekend $20.8M
Est 4-Day Holiday $27M, Est Cume $137M

3. War Horse (DreamWorks/Disney) Week 2 [2,547 Runs]
Friday $4.6M, Saturday $5.6M, Est 3-Day Weekend $13.1M
Est 4-Day Holiday $17.6M, Est Cume $42.8M

4. Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Fox) Week 3 [3,724 Runs]
Friday $7M, Saturday $4.8M, Est 3-Day Weekend $18M
Est 4-Day Holiday $23M, Est Cume $99.3M

5. We Bought A Zoo (Fox) Week 2 [3,163 Runs]
Friday $4.7M, Saturday $4.8M, Est 3-Day Weekend $13M
Est 4-Day Holiday $17M, Est Cume $44.5M

5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Sony) Week 2 [2,914 Runs]
Friday $5.3M, Saturday $4.2M, Est 3-Day Weekend $13.9M
Est 4-Day Holiday $20M, Est Cume $60.8M

7. The Adventures Of Tintin (Paramount) Week 2 [3,087 Runs]
Friday $4.4M, Saturday $3.3M, Est 3-Day Weekend $11.4M
Est 4-Day Holiday $15.5M, Est Cume $50M

8. New Year’s Eve (Warner Bros) Week 4 [2,585 Runs]
Friday $2.3M, Saturday $2.2M, Est 3-Day Weekend $6.5M
Est 4-Day Holiday $8M, Cume $47.7M
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UPDATE: Paramount Says Jeremy Renner Never Told ‘Extra’ He’s Taking Over ‘Mission: Impossible’ From Tom Cruise

2ND UPDATE 8:30 PM: Extra has now revised its website. Here is the full account of how Jeremy Renner replied to the question about “the rumors his Mission: Impossible character might possibly take over Read More »

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New ‘Mission: Impossible’ Title Revealed

Mike Fleming

The 4th entry will be titled Mission:Impossible Ghost Protocol. The name was announced at a press conference in Dubai attended by Tom Cruise, director Brad Bird and co-stars Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton. It’s in production now and is scheduled for release in December 2011. Besides the Dubai location, other shooting spots … Read More »

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‘Slumdog’s Anil Kapoor Now Joining ‘M:I4′

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Paramount now telling me that Anil Kapoor is negotiating to play a “integral supporting role” that is being kept under wraps, but they say he’s not a villain, despite what my sources say. Guess we’ll see.

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount … Read More »

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And In Other Film Deals…

Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Universal has bought screen rights to the Richard Aleas crime novel Little Girl Lost and has attached I’m With Cancer helmer Jonathan Levine to direct. Michael Bacall is writing the script. An NYU dropout-turned private eye learns that the … Read More »

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Melissa Sagemiller In For Paula Patton On NBC Drama ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Nellie Andreeva

After Paula Patton just landed the biggest movie role of her career, the female lead in Mission: Impossible 4, she had to pull out of Law & Order: SVU where she was to play Assistant District Attorney Mikka Von. So now Melissa Sagemiller has been tapped to step in and recur as a new ADA on the show, which returns for a 12th season on Sept. 22. I hear the producers of the veteran NBC procedural Read More »

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Paula Patton Joins ‘Mission: Impossible 4′

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paula Patton has landed that female lead role that Deadline told you she was testing for, alongside actresses Lauren German and Kristen Kreuk. I’m told that Patton will play a young operative who works with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt … Read More »

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CASTING: ‘M:I4′, ‘Wanderlust’, ‘The Sitter’

Mike Fleming

Now that Jeremy Renner snagged the big male lead opposite Tom Cruise in the next Mission: Impossible, the focus of Paramount Pictures, director Brad Bird and producers Cruise and JJ Abrams are intent on filling the role of a young female operative. I’m … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Picks ‘Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner To Co-Star With Tom Cruise In ‘Mission: Impossible 4′

Mike Fleming

BREAKING:: So Paramount Pictures won’t be screen-testing any young actors to star opposite Tom Cruise after all. I’ve learned that the studio has just chosen Jeremy Renner to infuse new blood in its Mission: Impossible franchise. Renner is the Oscar-nominated star of … Read More »

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The Son Also Rises: David Ellison Funding 1/2 Of Paramount’s ‘Mission Impossible 4′, ‘True Grit’, & Jack Ryan

Let’s agree on this: Hollywood remains a haven for nepotism. It also opens its arms to anyone with money. So Oracle founder/CEO Larry Ellison’s 27-year-old son is welcomed as long as he’s coming up with $350M to co-fund movies. Funny how … Read More »

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