Can ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Last at the Box Office Against the Power of ‘Barbenheimer’?

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Paramount insiders have faith that Tom Cruise’s action spectacle will still draw tickets despite competition from “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer”

Tom Cruise mid-air in "Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 1" (Paramount/Skydance)

After its franchise record $235 million global opening, Paramount/Skydance’s “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One” still has a long way to go to turn a profit at the box office against its COVID-inflated $290 million budget, but the overwhelming praise that it has earned from critics and audiences has put it in position to accomplish that mission.

That is, assuming that it can still maintain moviegoers’ attention after what is set up to be the most competitive weekend the box office has seen in years.

Along with the second weekend of “Dead Reckoning,” audiences will have two highly anticipated newcomers to choose from with Warner Bros.’