• Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One disappoints at the domestic box office, becoming the second worst-performing film in the franchise with a gross of $172 million.
  • Despite its underwhelming performance, the film still manages to make $566.2 million globally, making it not a total disaster financially.
  • The competition and the release timing played a significant role in the film's struggles, as it had to compete with major blockbuster movies that overshadowed it.

After leading one of the most successful films of 2022 with Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise's career suffers a setback with Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, which is now one of the biggest flops of 2023 at the domestic box office. It's been 27 years since Tom Cruise first became Ethan Hunt in the 1996 film directed by Brian De Palma. At that time, no one would have imagined that it would become one of the most popular action and espionage sagas in the entire history of cinema.

Entry after entry, Mission: Impossible has achieved huge numbers at the box office, both domestically and globally. However, the latest installment has not managed to keep up with the previous films. According to Collider, the movie directed by Christopher McQuarrie will end its domestic run with a total grossing of $172 million dollars, becoming the second worst for the entire franchise, being surpassed only by 2006's Mission: Impossible III, which only grossed $134 million dollars.

Despite these disappointing numbers, adding its global gross, Mission: Impossible 7 has made $566.2 million against a budget of $291 million. So, while it cannot be considered a smash hit, it is not an absolute disaster either. Unfortunately, one of the biggest problems the film had to face was its competition, as it shared much of its time in theaters with Barbie and Oppenheimer, which have become two of the biggest movies of the year.

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One is the first chapter of a larger story that will come to an end in June 2024 with Dead Reckoning Part Two, also directed by McQuarrie.

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What to Expect from Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two

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In Mission: Impossible 7, Ethan and his team must locate an extremely dangerous artificial intelligence weapon that, if it falls into the wrong hands, could be the doom of all of humanity. However, it is not an easy task, since its technology is constantly expanding, making it increasingly dangerous. To prevent it from being used incorrectly, Ethan must find a key, but he is not the only one looking for it.

Along with Luther (Ving Rhames), Benji (Simon Pegg), Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) and eventually Grace (Hayley Atwell), Ethan must travel the world in a race against time in his most important mission to date. At the end of the film, Ethan and his team seem to have succeeded in obtaining the key they needed to deactivate the AI, however, there were several loose ends that will surely represent a great danger in the second part.

In Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two the protagonists must go in search of the Sebastopol submarine, which is opened by the key they managed to obtain, and is one of the essential pieces to complete their mission. All of these while Gabriel (Esai Morales), the villain of this new installment is missing and the most powerful nations in the world fight to obtain AI for their own benefits regardless of the consequences.