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New Delhi: Hollywood star Tom Cruise hasn’t let his fans down with Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation. Or maybe it’s the other way around. The fifth instalment of the MI series garnered $6.5 million released in 1000 screens in its opening weekend in India, according to distributors Viacom18 Motion Pictures—the highest for the franchise so far and also the best ever for a Tom Cruise starrer in the country.

The Christopher McQuarrie film has grossed $265 million worldwide including $156 million internationally according to film website Box Office Mojo. In India, it races to compete with Hollywood hits like Fast and Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World that had made $10 million across 2,800 screens, $7.8 million across 1,500+ screens and $7.2 million across 2,082 screens in their opening weekend respectively this year. Worldwide, both the Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel starrers made more than $1,500 million each while the Robert Downey, Jr. film raked in more than $1,300 million.

The action spectacle opened 57% higher than Ghost Protocol, the previous MI instalment in India and is also the biggest opening ever for Paramount Pictures International.

Ajit Andhare, chief operating officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures attributed the success of the film to its inherent popularity and the company’s consistent marketing. “Last year, Tom Cruise’s presence bolstered our drive to build anticipation for Mission: Impossible 4. Taking it from there, this year with MI5, we have secured a phenomenal opening weekend even though the film has been released strictly in DCI compliant cinemas," he said.

DCI, or Digital Cinema Initiatives is a joint venture of several film studios including Paramount Pictures to establish a common set of requirements that ensure a high and uniform standard of digital cinema viewing.

Atul Mohan, editor of trade magazine, Complete Cinema agreed the actioner has performed impressively. “The film opened well on Friday and did really well over the weekend too," he said.

With a total of 3,988 theatres under its belt globally, MI5 is steadily on its way to trump the records of the previous instalments within ten days of release. According to Box Office Mojo, the first MI film had managed $458 million from more than 3,000 screens worldwide in 1996. In 2000, Mission: Impossible II garnered $547 million from more than 3,600 screens. Mission: Impossible III had earned $398 million from 4,060 theatres in 2006 while the fourth instalment, Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol minted nearly $695 million when released in more than 3,500 screens worldwide in 2011.

Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation was released in India on 7 August, a week after many countries by Viacom18 Motion Pictures. The company’s other Hollywood releases in India this year include The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water directed by Paul Tibbitt and Terminator Genisys starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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