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Mission Impossible Inching Towards Rs 100 Cr In India

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Co-produced by actor Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible had the best opening in 27 out of 40 markets where it was released, says Ashish Sinha
The 53-year-old Hollywood actor Tom Cruise is laughing away to the bank. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has globally grossed over $ 300 million (around Rs 2,000 crore). In India, it was the fourth highest Hollywood grosser for the opening weekend (August 7-9) generating Rs 42 crore in three days. After seven days of running, this spy thriller is expected to gross around Rs 80 crore making it the third Hollywood film released in India which may soon gross over Rs 100 crore in collections. According to film trade pundits, the film may cross Rs 100 crore by the time it hits the third week.
So far only, four Bollywood movies released in 2015 (January onwards) have generated Rs 100 crore at the Box Office, the pack being led by Salman Khan’s co-produced film Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation has had the best first week behind Fast and Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World. Wide scale release across 1000-plus screens including its dubbed version in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu has helped it rake in the big money despite other Bollywood films running simultaneously in multiplexes.
For Tom Cruise, this fifth edition of the Mission Impossible franchisee has been the top grosser in the first week in 27 out of 40 markets where it got released. Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation grabbed the top spots based on the box-office collections in South Korea, United Kingdom, Russia, Mexico, Australia, Spain, and Argentina. In India, Taiwan and Hong Kong among other countries, this fast-paced action thriller has got the best openings for its distributor Paramount Pictures.
“2015 has been very good for Hollywood releases in India. One month ago, Colin Trevorrow directorial film Jurassic World crossed the Rs 100 crore mark at the Indian box office grossing Rs 140 crore. Furious 7 had grossed around Rs 160 crore in April-May period. Even Avengers did very well for a Hollywood film,” says a Mumbai-based film trade analyst.  
Hollywood studio Universal Pictures has had the best year in India too with both its Hollywood releases – Fast and Furious 7 and Jurassic World – raking in over Rs 300 crore collectively. Jurassic World’s success in India is also being attributed to the plum role bagged by Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan. Jurassic World was released in India across 2,000-plus screens and was dubbed in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages as well. What Next? Critics say SPECTRE, the next film in the James Bond franchisee is expected to break all records when it gets released in November.