Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible 5” will be released worldwide on IMAX theaters beginning on July 31.
The run, first reported by TheWrap, was announced Friday by Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot Productions, Skydance Productions and the giant-screen company.
The action sequel had been scheduled to debut on Christmas Day, one week after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theaters on Dec. 18. But with the shift of “MI5,” Paramount not only avoided direct competition with Disney’s blockbuster-to-be, it also gave it a shot at IMAX’s 338 theaters, which have been committed to “Star Wars” over the holidays.
The newest installment in the franchise reunites Cruise with stars from 2011’s “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” including Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. Joining the cast are Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris.
“IMAX is so important in giving the audience the best experience of the film we have made. I am very happy to have this partnership on the next ‘’Mission,'”said Cruise.
“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” was a hit for Paramount, taking in $209 million domestically and $485 million from abroad. In all, the franchise has generated more than $2 billion in global grosses for the studio since 1996.