Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” launched with $61.5M in U.S., $153.5M Globally marking a franchise-best debut.
In 2011, for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise famously flung himself from an open window about two-thirds up Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest tower serving up one of the franchise’s most heart-stopping stunts.
Seven years on and he’s arguably topped this in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, becoming the first actor to perform a HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening) parachute jump, a fall of some 25,000 feet with speeds hitting 200 mph (and one that requires an oxygen mask). Cruise himself has described it as one of his “most dangerous stunts yet.”
While the plot involved Cruise descending dramatically into Paris, the shoot actually was shot in United Arab Emirates in the Middle East, this time in Abu Dhabi. And it was a stunt that required the intense cooperation of the UAE military, alongside two planes and more than 100 jumps out over the desert.
Even before testing jumps, the team needed to have the right suits — and more importantly, the right helmets. McQuarrie (the Director the of Movie) says a helmet was created just for the film that would light Cruise and Cavill’s faces correctly as well as — more importantly — keep Cruise alive as he did the jump. “The oxygen bottle, the flight suit, the parachute, all of it was scratch-built specifically for that sequence before Tom began doing his skydiving training.” He said.
A source told The Hollywood Reporter that the spy sequel’s budget hit roughly $250 million, which is about $80 million more than the price tag on 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. The main reason for Fallout costing so much more is the eight-week layoff that happened when Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt on-set. It was necessary for Paramount to pay the cast and crew during this time to ensure nobody left the film to take on a different project. Since Cruise’s injury happened on the set, insurance will step in to cover a significant portion of those additional costs, bringing the total to closer to $180 million. But even with the insurance company’s help, Fallout is still the most expensive Mission yet.
Mission Impossible: Fallout, the sixth movie in the franchise that kick started with Brian DePalma’s adaptation of Bruce Geller’s television series, continues the tradition of raising the stakes of insurmountable odds and, belive it or not, is showing no signs of a slowdown.