Tom Cruise’s "Mission Impossible - Fallout" creates history in America

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LOS ANGELES - Tom Cruise’s latest, “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” has broken the World Records for debut film in America.

It is on its way to a No. 1 debut at the North American box office with an estimated $59 million.

Should predictions hold, Paramount’s sixth installment of the franchise will finish on the upper end of recent forecasts, which ranged from $50 million to $65 million at 4,386 sites. It will come out ahead of its predecessor “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” which debuted to $55 million in 2015, and also mark a franchise best. “Rogue Nation” went on to gross $682 million worldwide.

Christopher McQuarrie directed “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” after having directed “Rogue Nation.” He also wrote the script for “Fallout.” The movie is produced and financed by Paramount and partner Skydance Productions, headed by David Ellison. Cruise is a producer along with McQuarrie, J.J. Abrams and Jake Myers. Exec producers are Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger.

Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Michelle Monaghan, and Sean Harris are reprising their roles from previous films, while Cavill, Vanessa Kirby, and Sian Brooke are joining the cast. The franchise is based on the TV series that ran from 1966 to 1973.

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is heading for second place with $15 million in its sophomore weekend. The sequel film from Universal has so far earned $125 million globally, including $60.2 million from domestic sites. Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, and Stellan Skarsgard reprise their roles from the original film, with Lily James, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner, and Josh Dylan joining the cast.