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'Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation' earns a whopping $56 million

2:20am IST - 01:01

Tom Cruise is back on the big screen with his starring role in the 5th installment of the ''Mission: Impossible'' series – well exceeding studio estimates at $56 million opening weekend. Gavino Garay reports.

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Tom Cruise is back in the game with his role in "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation," which swept in a neat $56 million in domestic ticket sales. Film commentators say the impressive earnings show that Cruise still holds his star power. Studio estimates had low-balled the film at only $40 million during opening weekend. 'Mission Impossible' quadrupled the earnings of family roadtrip "Vacation" which grossed $21.2 million since it's debut on Wednesday, according to studio estimates. That's nearly $10 million below it's forecasted estimate, but not bad for New Line Cinema, considering its $31 million budget. And audience reviews suggest it's getting high praise among movie-goers, with Cinemascore giving it an A- rating. Third on the box office charts -- but certainly no loser considering its third weekend in theaters -- Marvel's "Ant Man," which pulled in $12.6 million.

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'Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation' earns a whopping $56 million

2:20am IST - 01:01