Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie (the first director to return to the Mission franchise) and Tom Cruise have crafted an action extravaganza that's loaded with tons of "I can't believe they just did that!" moments.
However, when Indian audiences go in to watch Mission: Impossible - Fallout this weekend, they will not see or hear any references to Kashmir in the film. Moreover, Mission: Impossible has turned out to be a set franchise in India and though it won't quite be entering the 100 Crore Club, rest assured the next in the series certainly would given the kind of equity it has managed to create. The other big new movie this week, beyond "Fallout", was "Teen Titans Go!". Paramount Pictures estimates that it earned U.S. $61.5 million (NZ $90.51 million) from 4,386 North American theatres.
The film - which holds a $178 million price tag - has also received the some of the best reviews for the franchise. "Plus, the fact that big-ticket Hollywood films are now released simultaneously in India ensures good traction if the buzz is positive globally, which is the case with Fallout".More news: Cries for help at sea: Fisherman describes Greek fire rescue
In comparison, its 2015 predecessor Rogue Nation made $55.5 million in its domestic launch.
Elsewhere, Lionsgate's "Blindspotting" grossed an estimated $468,000 on Friday at 523 North American locations in a limited opening. Series developers Michael Jelenic and Aaron Horvath wrote the script, with Peter Rida Michail and Horvath directing. It took in $14 million.
Universal's Mamma Mia clung to the second spot for a second straight weekend, though its take was almost 60 per cent below its opening. France brought in $1.6 million, while Poland opened with $1.2 million.