“He has a special place in IMAX’s heart”: Tom Cruise Loses Battle Against Christopher Nolan as IMAX Theaters Kick Out Mission Impossible 7 to Extend Oppenheimer Run

Tom Cruise Loses Battle Against Christopher Nolan as IMAX Theaters Kick Out Mission Impossible 7 to Extend Oppenheimer Run
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Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible 7 has had a good run at the box office until the release of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. The movie was released just a little more than a week ago from the biographical drama and was expected to set a new record for the franchise. However, it fell short of expectations having only a $56.2 million box office collection in its opening weekend.

Tom Cruise in a still from Mission: Impossible- Dead Reckoning Part One
Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 7

Considering its disappointing box office performance despite being released almost for three weeks, IMAX has planned to say goodbye to the latest edition of the popular franchise.

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Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Lands Extended IMAX Run

Oppenheimer has been at the box office for over a week, and the movie has already surpassed the domestic box office collection of Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible 7. Since its release, the action thriller has grossed $448 million worldwide, including a $139 million domestic box office collection.

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)

However, Christopher Nolan’s biographical drama has overtaken the movie by quite a considerable margin with a $174 million box office collection domestically. And the movie seems to take much more than the box office numbers from Dead Reckoning Part One.

IMAX has recently released a statement about extending Oppenheimer’s IMAX run.“In light of its extraordinary performance, IMAX is extending OPPENHEIMER’s run an additional week through August 16/17,” the statement said.

Cillian Murphy in "Oppenheimer"
Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer

The extended run for Oppenheimer is expected to result in the Tom Cruise starrer losing its IMAX screens. However, it is also believed that the studio is hoping to get back some IMAX screens by the end of the three-week exclusive run of Oppenheimer.

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IMAX Has a Special Place for Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan is known for being quite specific about his movies, and one such thing also includes filming them on IMAX cameras. He has shot several movies on IMAX over the years and even had them invested in an entirely new film for his latest movie.

Director Christopher Nolan filming the bomb scene
Director Christopher Nolan filming Oppenheimer

And the IMAX executives have also stated that the company has a special place for the director. “Nolan has a special place in IMAX’s heart because he uses our cameras and promotes us,” IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond said during a conversation with Variety.

The head of post-production at the box office, Bruce Markoe, has also shared that he suggested delaying the release of Mission Impossible 7, as they wanted to give equal opportunity to both films. “We wanted to play both movies as much as we could because Mission is going to be a great picture in IMAX,” he said. However, Paramount Pictures was adamant about its release date.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One and Oppenheimer are playing in theatres.


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Source: Slashfilm


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