Disney Takes Another $100 Million Drubbing

This summer is proving to be a less than successful one for two of Hollywood’s most beloved franchises. Tom Cruise’s latest installment of Mission Impossible, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One, and Harrison Ford’s reprisal of his iconic Indiana Jones role in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny are estimated to lose a whopping $100 million each at the domestic box office.

Despite raking in $164,626,507 domestically for the seventh installment in the Mission Impossible franchise, it’s not quite enough to break even when its production costs are factored in. Similarly, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which has earned $173,611,344 domestically, is also estimated to have lost a substantial profit.

A surprise hit of the summer that is far outpacing the losses of both franchises is Sound of Freedom. This particular movie has earned $177,773,859 domestically alone and is continuing to do well.

Both franchises have done well internationally, however. Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One has earned $541 million and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny has pulled in $375 million. Despite these sizable numbers, experts estimate that both films will have lost nearly $100 million each in their theater runs.

That said, there is hope. For Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One to break even, it must earn a total of $600 million globally. Cruise’s last project before this one was the smash hit Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount. Released in May 2021, the movie has earned nearly $1.5 billion globally, which is a testament to Cruise’s box office power.

It seems that the fate of these two franchises may rest in the hands of their international fans. If their audiences continue to show their support, Mission Impossible and Indiana Jones may yet still find success.

The summer blockbuster season has been an unpredictable one, but in the end, we may have our answer as to whether or not both of these franchises have what it takes to stand the test of time.

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