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    LOS ANGELES - 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.

    "Expectations were really high for this film. I think it's a good number, but people were obviously expecting better numbers," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. "There's a lot to be said for how a star's public persona can affect a movie's box office."

    "Mission: Impossible III" earned generally favorable reviews, some critics calling it the best in the franchise and many offering high praise for Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Cruise's nemesis.

    Along with potential Cruise backlash, the long six-year interval since "Mission: Impossible II" may have dulled audience appetites.

    Head-to-head comparisons are difficult, since the previous "Mission: Impossible" movies and "War of the Worlds" opened over long holiday weekends, when Sunday grosses typically are much stronger than during a regular weekend.

    Debuting in about 55 other countries, "Mission: Impossible III" took in $70 million, for a worldwide total of $118 million. Paramount noted that the new movie beat the $115 million worldwide debut of "Mission: Impossible II" in those same countries.

    Factoring in higher ticket prices, the debut for "Mission: Impossible III" looks worse. About 7.3 million people saw the new movie, compared with 10.7 million over the opening weekend for "Mission: Impossible II" and 10.3 million for "Mission: Impossible," which opened with $45.4 million over Memorial Day weekend in 1996.

    The weekend's other wide releases had fair to poor openings. Freestyle Releasing's "An American Haunting," starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland in a 19th century supernatural tale, debuted at No. 3 with $6.4 million.

    New Line's family film "Hoot," adapted from Carl Hiaasen's novel about teenagers trying to save endangered owls, flopped with $3.4 million, tied for No. 9.

    "Mission: Impossible III' led Hollywood to its seventh-straight weekend of rising revenues. The top-12 movies took in $99.4 million, up 27 percent compared to the same weekend last year, when "Kingdom of Heaven" led the box office with an anemic $19.6 million.

    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

    1. "Mission: Impossible III," $48.025 million.

    2. "RV," $11.1 million.

    3. "An American Haunting," $6.4 million.

    4. "Stick It," $5.5 million.

    5. "United 93," $5.2 million.

    6. "Ice Age: The Meltdown," $4 million.

    7. "Silent Hill," $3.9 million.

    8. "Scary Movie 4," $3.8 million.

    9. (tie). "Akeelah and the Bee," $3.4 million.

    9 (tie). "Hoot," $3.4 million.

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    wow whatta crappy time for movies. none of these look like winners to me.
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    By the time the Da Vinci Code is released, Cruise will be a faint memory for the rest of the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum
    By the time the Da Vinci Code is released, Cruise will be a faint memory for the rest of the year.
    I hope you are right. I am so SICK of seeing this boob on tv spouting off his nonsense.
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    I simply won't go because I refuse to pay money to support his fucked up beliefs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fast98dodge
    I simply won't go because I refuse to pay money to support his fucked up beliefs...
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    Personally, I could care less about his personal life, and thought the movie kicked ass
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    Quote Originally Posted by janthraxx
    Personally, I could care less about his personal life, and thought the movie kicked ass
    Exactly. It's the best of the 3 films.

    But hey, you can't fault the others for blaming God for their failures. Or crediting him for their successes. Heaven forbid they take any blame/credit for themselves.

    Thank "God"

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast98dodge
    I simply won't go because I refuse to pay money to support his fucked up beliefs...
    Oh, that's good. This is no way to be. You decide his beliefs are fucked up, so you won't go see a movie his in? That's just ridiculous.

    What are your beliefs? I want to decide if they are fucked up or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradS
    Oh, that's good. This is no way to be. You decide his beliefs are fucked up, so you won't go see a movie he's in? That's just ridiculous.

    What are your beliefs? I want to decide if they are fucked up or not.
    Let's see...

    Yes, I think his beliefs are fucked up so as an American with a choice, I choose not to put any more money in his pocket. If someone else chooses to see the movie in the theatre, rent it, or whatever, that's up to them.

    Why should I give my hard earned money to a fucking wackjob who shoves his religion that I disagree with in the public's face? I can't think of a good reason.

    Why do you want to know my beliefs and decide if they are fucked up or not? By what you posted before that, it wouldn't matter to you and you would go to my movie anyways if I had one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fast98dodge
    I simply won't go because I refuse to pay money to support his fucked up beliefs...

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    Thanks for the laugh, Phatie...

    He is a total freakin' wackjob...

    I just remembered he's going to be near my neighborhood on Tuesday...

    Some guy in Aberdeen won a contest and the Wackjob himself will be there to go to the local premiere of MI-3...

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    Yeah this Cruise guy is gettin a big tiresome. I'm with FastDodge, no thank you.

    He hasn't been the same since he was in that fruity Legend movie, IMO.

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    I went and saw it, it's good, best of the three.

    I'm actually glad he's a whack-job, makes me feel "normal".
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjc
    Yeah this Cruise guy is gettin a big tiresome. I'm with FastDodge, no thank you.

    He hasn't been the same since he was in that fruity Legend movie, IMO.

    btw - nice pic Ph@.
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