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Postby knapplc » Sun May 07, 2006 6:05 pm

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Fewer people chose to accept Tom Cruise's latest mission, a possible sign that the odd behavior of Hollywood's biggest star may have taken a toll on his box-office charm.

Paramount's "Mission: Impossible III" debuted with $48.025 million, a solid opening, yet well below industry expectations and almost $10 million lower than the franchise's previous installment, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Industry analysts had expected the movie to open in the range of "Mission: Impossible II," which debuted with $57.8 million from Friday to Sunday over Memorial Day weekend in 2000, and Cruise's "War of the Worlds," which premiered with $64.9 million from Friday to Sunday over Fourth of July weekend last year.

Rob Moore, Paramount's head of worldwide marketing and distribution, said he did not believe Cruise's private life had any impact on "Mission: Impossible III," directed by "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams.

"I don't think so. There's no question it concerns us if the press is writing about things other than the movie," Moore said. "If people are writing about his personal life, then by definition, they're not writing about the movie."

Cruise's antics in the past year or so, publicity over his romance with Katie Holmes and the tabloid blitz regarding their daughter's birth in April may have left some movie-goers burned out or disenchanted with the actor.

Traditionally reserved about his private life, Cruise abruptly became an open book, jumping up and down on a couch while professing his love for Holmes in an interview with Oprah Winfrey and spouting his Scientology beliefs, including rants against psychiatry.


$48 Million is nothing to sneeze at, but this guy is clearly costing himself with his ridiculous behavior.
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Re: Cruise's Crazy Act Costs MI:III

Postby fantasy_warrior » Sun May 07, 2006 6:16 pm

knapplc wrote:
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Fewer people chose to accept Tom Cruise's latest mission, a possible sign that the odd behavior of Hollywood's biggest star may have taken a toll on his box-office charm.

Paramount's "Mission: Impossible III" debuted with $48.025 million, a solid opening, yet well below industry expectations and almost $10 million lower than the franchise's previous installment, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Industry analysts had expected the movie to open in the range of "Mission: Impossible II," which debuted with $57.8 million from Friday to Sunday over Memorial Day weekend in 2000, and Cruise's "War of the Worlds," which premiered with $64.9 million from Friday to Sunday over Fourth of July weekend last year.

Rob Moore, Paramount's head of worldwide marketing and distribution, said he did not believe Cruise's private life had any impact on "Mission: Impossible III," directed by "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams.

"I don't think so. There's no question it concerns us if the press is writing about things other than the movie," Moore said. "If people are writing about his personal life, then by definition, they're not writing about the movie."

Cruise's antics in the past year or so, publicity over his romance with Katie Holmes and the tabloid blitz regarding their daughter's birth in April may have left some movie-goers burned out or disenchanted with the actor.

Traditionally reserved about his private life, Cruise abruptly became an open book, jumping up and down on a couch while professing his love for Holmes in an interview with Oprah Winfrey and spouting his Scientology beliefs, including rants against psychiatry.


$48 Million is nothing to sneeze at, but this guy is clearly costing himself with his ridiculous behavior.


Tom Cruise is a weird guy, but maybe people are just tired of MI movies. There have been 3 of them... :-t
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Re: Cruise's Crazy Act Costs MI:III

Postby knapplc » Sun May 07, 2006 6:23 pm

fantasy_warrior wrote:Tom Cruise is a weird guy, but maybe people are just tired of MI movies. There have been 3 of them... :-t


That's possible - the franchise could be overdone - but then there have been over a dozen James Bond movies, and they're still reasonably popular. :-?
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Sun May 07, 2006 8:04 pm

I think you are right knapp...If there was a little more about the movie and a little less about the 'silent birth'...the movie probably would have opened a little better... :-?
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Postby curious_george_43545 » Sun May 07, 2006 8:18 pm

yeah I think its jsut cause the movie isnt that good. I don't think Cruise did anything to help the situation though either.
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Postby 1337_Dude » Sun May 07, 2006 8:54 pm

I think we know who's really to blame....



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Postby squawkya24 » Sun May 07, 2006 11:50 pm

The only reason I haven't gone to see it is because of Tom Cruise's antics. So I can proudly say that his private life did cost the movie money. ;-D
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Postby squawkya24 » Sun May 07, 2006 11:52 pm

Off-topic but knapplc, are you really still a "beginner"? You almost have a thousand posts. :-D
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Postby warrick95 » Mon May 08, 2006 2:15 am

The MI movies can't hold a candle to the Bond ones. Bond is classic, MI isn't. The last MI movie wasn't that great, the first one was average, so a lot of it is content rather than Cruise himself.

Cruise is an actor, so no matter how freakish he is in real life, he should be able to pull characters off in movies.
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Postby Madison » Mon May 08, 2006 2:32 am

I have no interest in supporting Tom Cruise, and know several people who refuse to go see his films now, so yes, his antics did in fact cost the movie money.

I'll still watch it on DVD though. :-D
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