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'Mission: Impossible' film earns $4M on first night

By Marilyn Malara
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'Mission: Impossible' film earns $4M on first night
Actor Tom Cruise attends the press conference for the film "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" in Seoul, South Korea on July 30, 2015. The 53-year-old actor has received a warm welcome from his eager fans in South Korea. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI | License Photo

HOLLYWOOD, July 31 (UPI) -- Tom Cruise's latest Mission: Impossible flick raked in a whopping $4 million in theaters Thursday before expanding to over 3,000 locations.

The revenue from Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation's first evening showings is comparable to that of another summer hit, Mad Max -- which made $3.7 million. Paramount reports comparisons to other box-office hits like World War Z ($3.6 million) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($4.1 million).

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Shot in Austria, Morocco and the U.K., the action-packed film, and fifth Mission: Impossible installment, is expected to reach a $40 million opening weekend.

According to Box Office Mojo, the well-reviewed film is predicted to exceed $40 million by the end of the weekend, hitting $48.7 million instead.

Rogue Nation follows Ethan Hunt (Cruise) as he works to disband an international organization focused on creating a new world order through terrorist attacks and assassinations. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the flick also stars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Feruson.

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