Paramount/Skydance’s “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” has had a strong start at the international box office. As of Thursday, it has earned $39.8 million in 48 international markets, including Wednesday openings in some territories and a successful paid preview program. When combined with the domestic box office, which includes Wednesday, Thursday, and previews, the film’s global total stands at $63.6 million as of yesterday.
The Christopher McQuarrie-directed film has been receiving rave reviews and is being released in a total of 70 offshore markets this week. It will open in the UK, China, Spain, Taiwan, and Scandinavia today. It’s worth noting that Japan, a significant market for Tom Cruise films, will delay its release by a week to avoid competition with Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film.
Leading the pack in terms of box office performance so far is Korea, where the film has earned $4.4 million, including previews, and currently holds the top spot. On Friday alone, it saw a 44% increase, bringing its total to $6.3 million (this Friday number is not included in the previously mentioned offshore/global totals).
The China debut on Friday was also noteworthy, earning RMB 56.2 million ($7.9 million). The film has received strong audience scores, with a franchise-best 9.4 on Maoyan and an 8.3 from critics on Douban, surpassing the ratings for “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” which received an 8.1.
In other markets, as of Thursday, “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” held the top spot in France with a running total of $3.1 million, Australia with $5.1 million (including previews), Mexico with $1 million (including previews), and Germany with $1.2 million (including previews).
The film has also performed well in several other markets with previews, including the UAE ($2.8 million), Brazil ($1.4 million), Italy ($660,000), Hong Kong ($2.7 million), Malaysia ($700,000), Pakistan ($90,000) and the Netherlands ($1 million). It has achieved the number one position in all of these markets.