Despite a major injury setback, Mission: Impossible — Fallout is still eyeing a major opening weekend at the box office. During production star Tom Cruise suffered an on-set ankle injury during a stunt, causing the film’s budget to rise to a franchise high. The eight-week hiatus pushed Fallout’s budget to roughly $250 million, about $80 million higher than that franchise’s 2015 film, Rogue Nation. This makes the profit margins fairly tight for Paramount Studios and Skydance.
However, insiders have also rumored that Fallout’s real costs were closer to $180 million as the majority of extra cost could be covered by insurance as Cruise suffered the injury during filming.
Star injuries are historically costly, and often require extensive (and expensive) reshoots. When Blake Lively injured her hand during production on another Paramount film, Rhythm Section, the film shut down for five months However this luckily wasn’t required for Fallout, and the scene in which Cruise broke his ankle actually made it into the film’s final cut. With the studio determined to keep the prime July 27 release date, Cruise, who stars in his role of Agent Ethan Hunt as well as producing the film, rehabbed quickly. The biggest budget issue facing the film was paying the cast and crew for the entirety of the eight-week production stoppage. Howver, the production team was able to make efficient use of the hiatus time by editing already existing footage so they could stay on track for the original premiere date.
Even at an $180 million budget, the extra costs will put added pressure on Fallout’s box-office numbers. But if early reviews are any indication, the sixth installment of the franchise should have no problem reaching the $55.5 million mark set domestically by its predecessor. Currently, the film holds a 97-percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the best score to date for a Mission: Impossible film. Fallout reunites Cruise with the director of Rogue Nation, Christopher McQuarrie, while Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin will all reprise their roles from previous MI films. Newcomers to the franchise include Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett and Vanessa Kirby. The plot follows Hunt and his crew as they try to outsmart a CIA agent (Cavill) who is trying to kill them after an assignment gone wrong. With no other major films slated to oppose the premiere, Fallout should find itself in a desirable position in the box office after opening weekend. Fans can catch the film starting Thursday night, July 26, and then all day Friday, July 27.