The next two Mission Impossible movies now have release dates. Paramount Pictures has set the premiere dates for “Mission Impossible 7” and “Mission Impossible 8,” but fans will have to wait a little longer for casting details and official titles.
Mission Impossible 7 will release on July 23, 2021; and Mission Impossible 8 will release on August 5, 2022. Current franchise director Christopher McQuarrie, who directed “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” and “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” is returning for both of the new films. Tom Cruise, who worked with McQuarrie on both of the previous installments, as well as “The Mummy,” “Valkyrie,” “Jack Reacher,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” and the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick” project, is also returning to the franchise for both films.
The last installment was “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” and the film was a hit with fans and critics, earning a 97% rating with critics on RottenTomatoes and bringing in over $791M at the box office. That film featured Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Angela Bassett, and Alec Baldwin.
The original “Mission Impossible” opened back in 1996 with a $45M domestic debut; the film then went on to make over $457M worldwide. “Mission Impossible II” improved on the original’s opening in 2000, bringing in $57M on opening weekend before grossing $546M worldwide.
The third installment failed to top the previous two. In 2006, “Mission Impossible III” had a $47M opening weekend and the film only brought in $397M across the globe. After the decline at the box office, the studio moved the franchise from May to December in 2011 for “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” and the numbers improved. The fourth installment started with a limited release which made $12.7M and wide-release that made another $29.5M. The winter release-date worked out well for the studio, and the film went on to make over $694M worldwide. With the franchise rejuvenated, the studio released “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” in July of 2015 and the film had a $55M opening before going on to make $682M globally. “Mission Impossible: Fallout” still holds the record for the franchise’s highest-grossing opening, and that’s the film that “MI:7” and “MI:8” will want to top.