Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One was expected to be this summer’s biggest hit. This thrilling spy movie was supposed to be a huge success both critically and commercially. However, Mission Impossible 7 didn’t fare well at the box office, particularly when compared with Cruise’s other project, Top Gun: Maverick’s $1 billion gross.

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise

The immense success of Oppenheimer and Barbie was the key factor in this poor outcome. But the shocking part is that Tom Cruise, the movie icon himself, doesn’t seem in the least bit disappointed. He actually seems to be enjoying watching Barbie and Oppenheimer, in fact.

Mission Impossible 7‘s box office setback doesn’t appear to have upset Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie

There have been numerous new movies released in 2023 over the past few months, some of which performed exceptionally well at the box office. The success of Barbie and Oppenheimer, two films that debuted on the same weekend, has been the biggest story of the year, though. Fans dubbed this double feature Barbenheimer, and it caused a sensation, much to the delight of the movie business. Another blockbuster film, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One, didn’t perform as well as anticipated in the midst of all this. Now, filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie discussed how these two blockbusters overshadowed his film.

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Tom Cruise was delighted to see Barbie and Oppenheimer
Tom Cruise was delighted to see Barbie and Oppenheimer

You might recall that Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie supported Barbie and Oppenheimer earlier in the summer. They had a lot of anticipation for these summer releases. Even the lead Barbie star, Margot Robbie, appreciated what Tom Cruise had to say about her.

Unexpectedly, neither McQuarrie nor Tom Cruise seem disappointed that their film didn’t do as well financially. McQuarrie and Cruise agreed in the interview that it’s important to make excellent films rather than simply aiming to make a lot of money. McQuarrie commented saying, “Tom and I often nod at each other, realizing that it’s all about delivering top-notch quality.” In a time when many films are sequels or are a part of massive franchises, they saw the success of Barbenheimer as proof that moviegoers can still find original stories to be engaging.

Barbie and Oppenheimer overshadowed Mission Impossible 7

Barbie and Oppenheimer outperformed setting records and making far more money than anyone had anticipated. Even though it had been riding high on the achievements of Top Gun: Maverick in 2017 and Mission Impossible: Fallout in 2018, this unexpected success forced Mission Impossible 7 to fall off its box office track. Both industry insiders and moviegoers were left puzzled as to why things unfolded in this way.

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Mission Impossible 7
Mission Impossible 7

We can see from the box office performance of 2023 films like Fast X, Indiana Jones 5, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and DC’s The Flash that audiences are beginning to lose interest in high-profile franchises. It appears that people are yearning for something new.

Mission Impossible 7 was actually favored by critics. It received fewer negative reviews than some of those other big movies did. Its release date appears to be the reason behind its underperformance. The sequel, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part Two, will be released the following year, which is fantastic news for fans of the popular action series. Since all three films are still in theaters, moviegoers who haven’t seen any of them yet still have a decision to make.

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Source: Cinemablend

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