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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Shoots to $6 Million at Thursday Box Office

Tom Cruise’s latest is expected to earn $55 million to $60 million this weekend

“Mission: Impossible — Fallout” grossed a whopping $6 million at the Thursday box office, with IMAX scoring $1 million of the total Thursday preview number.

The last film in the “M:I” franchise — 2015’s “Rogue Nation” — grossed $4 million in previews before scoring an opening weekend of $55.5 million. Paramount is expecting a similar opening weekend for “Fallout,” with studio projections in the $50 million range against a budget of $178 million. But analysts are more optimistic, projecting a start in the $60 million range.

“Mission: Impossible — Fallout” sees Cruise return as Ethan Hunt as his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) and some old allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) team up after a failed mission causes “Rogue Nation” villain Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) to escape custody.

Determined to complete his original mission, Ethan’s determination makes the CIA question his motives, forcing him and his team to save the world as both villains and a CIA assassin (Henry Cavill) track him. Christopher McQuarrie wrote and directed the film, which also stars Angela Bassett.

Currently, the film holds a score of 98 percent “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also opening this weekend is Warner Bros.’ “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies,” based on the hit Cartoon Network/DC series. Early reviews have praised the manic animated film as the kids answer to “Deadpool,” with rapid-fire, fourth-wall breaking references to both DC and Marvel’s superhero movie past. With a reported budget of $10 million, WB is expected to make an easy profit off this film as trackers project a $15 million opening off of the show’s fanbase.

“Teen Titans Go! To The Movies” stars the show’s voice cast as Robin and the DC superhero team, along with Will Arnett as the supervillain Slade with Nicolas Cage and Jimmy Kimmel playing Superman and Batman in cameo roles. Showrunner Aaron Hovarth wrote and directed the film, with series producer Peter Rida Michail co-directing and co-showrunner Michael Jelenic co-writing. The film holds a score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.