Magazine article Variety

Impossible to Beat 'Mission' O'seas

Magazine article Variety

Impossible to Beat 'Mission' O'seas

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Paramount's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" nabbed $46.2 million from Dec. 31 to Jan 2, bringing its international cume to a terrif $227.6 million as it spent a third consecutive week atop the overseas box office.

The pic, with a global tally of around $365 million through Jan 2, is on track to become the franchise's highest-grossing installment, according to Par. The second "Mission" topped out at approximately $545 million worldwide in 2000.

Large-screen exhib Imax has helped boost totals for "Ghost Protocol."

The film's Imax presentation has collected north of $46 million worldwide, of which $13 million comes from international Imax wickets. Par released the film domestically for an exclusive week-early launch in Imax (the pic's domestic Imax tally has reached $33.1 million).

"Ghost Protocol" opened in Blighty on Boxing Day (Dec. 26), topping the local B.O. with $12.7 million in its first seven days. (That's nearly 20% better than the third "Mission: Impossibles" initial-week gross in the U.K.)

The pic also held pole position in holdover Asian territories, including Japan and South Korea, where after three go-rounds it has cumed $35. …

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