‘Mission Impossible 5’ costar ready for action

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Tries to Prove Tom Cruise Still a Top Gun.

In the fifth installment of the two-decade old series, Cruise clings to the side of an Airbus A400 plane during takeoff, holds his breath under water for six minutes, and rappels down the side of the Vienna Opera House.

To enhance his drop by, Cruise’s spirited Q & A with fans after a Rogue Nation Canadian premiere at Scotiabank Theatre was simulcast to 19 other Cineplex locations across Canada. For part six, he’ll likely have to strap himself to the undercarriage of a ballistic missile and go soaring across the Pyongyang skyline if he wants to top himself. Despite his willingness to risk doing some damage to that beautiful barrel chest, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” may struggle to bring in crowds.

At what age would Cruise consider saying goodbye to the film franchise, which began in the summer of 1996? “I’m thinking about 90, then I’ll cap it off. The action adventure is on pace to open to $40 million, a soft opening considering the franchise’s long history and its hefty $150 million pricetag. “It seems low to me,” said Eric Handler, an analyst with MKM Partners. “People seem to be turning out this summer for good movies and this is a good movie.” Some analysts think that number could rise to $50 million, particularly given that critics love the film and its elaborate, beautifully constructed set pieces. The first four movies earned more than $2 billion US world-wide, and Rogue Nation is tracking well enough to continue the box-office momentum. “Mission is a series I know really well but it doesn’t make it any easier,” he said of Rogue Nation. That’s especially true “because there’s a tricky structure on this story.” In the special-effects-laden action flick, Cruise’s spy Ethan Hunt reunites with key team members; Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rames) who was absent in Ghost Protocol. If the domestic opening weekend fails to pass $50 million, expect Monday morning quarterbacking about whether or not Cruise is sliding off the A-list, given that his more recent pictures, “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Oblivion,” failed to generate much heat at the box office.

Hoping to get a jump on all the global espionage going down at the multiplexes, Warner Bros. and New Line will launch “Vacation” on Tuesday night. The reboot of the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” series finds Clark Griswald’s son Rusty hellbent on taking his family on a cross-country trek to Wally World. I fly aerobatics,” he said. “Whatever I can do to really put the audience in the scene with the character and in the movie, that’s what I want, so whatever it takes.

It’s an R-rated affair, complete with a dips in an excrement encrusted lake, shots of Chris Hemsworth’s Norse-god-like endowment and the opportunity to see Christina Applegate projectile vomit. Critics have been savage, but they hated comedy hits like “We’re the Millers” and “Identity Thief” with to no discernible box office effect. They’re incredible, top to bottom, these guys.” Regarding his plane stunt, Cruise confessed to Jimmy Fallon Monday night, “I didn’t tell my family or friends or anyone I was doing it beforehand. In another harrowing scene, the actor is strapped to a huge Airbus A400M cargo plane for take off (and landing and flying in between more than 900 metres in the air – for eight takes). I want to entertain you!” In another scene, Cruise’s character has to dive into an underwater safe to retrieve the computer chip that will lead him closer to The Syndicate.

However, it’s Cruise’s determined drive that has kept the Mission franchise running since 1996’s Mission: Impossible, a film that launched him into the grown-up zone. Three more Mission’s followed; 2000’s Mission: Impossible II, 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, and 2011’s Ghost Protocol which resurrected the series.

An incredible jump from high action to Florence Foster Jenkins, a true story of a tone deaf opera singer played by Meryl Streep and directed by Stephen Frears.

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