Box Office: ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ Tries to Prove Tom Cruise Still a Top Gun

Left to right: Rebecca Ferguson plays Ilsa and Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Left to right: Rebecca Ferguson plays Ilsa and Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Tom Cruise is risking life and limb in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” to prove he’s still one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

In the fifth installment of the two-decade-old series, Cruise clings to the side of an Airbus A400 plane during takeoff, holds his breath under water for six minutes, and rappels down the side of the Vienna Opera House. For part six, he’ll likely have to strap himself to the undercarriage of a ballistic missile and go soaring across the Pyongyang skyline if he wants to top himself.

Despite his willingness to risk doing some damage to that beautiful barrel chest, “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” may struggle to bring in crowds. The action adventure is on pace to open to $40 million, a soft opening considering the franchise’s long history and its hefty $150 million pricetag.

“It seems low to me,” said Eric Handler, an analyst with MKM Partners. “People seem to be turning out this summer for good movies, and this is a good movie.”

Exclusive: Three New Batman V Superman Pics

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In the September issue, Empire sits down with the brains trust behind the new DC/Warner Bros. superpowered behemoth, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. It’s the beginning of unrivalled coverage of a film that has an awful lot riding on it. The on-set stories, the genesis, the new casting and its place in the fast-developing DCverse are all tackled within, with director Zack Snyder, producers Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven, and its two key protagonists, Henry Cavill (the Man of Steel) and Ben Affleck (the Dark Knight), promising a muscular, dark-hewn epic. These three exclusive new shots from within the article’s pages bear that out.

Selena Gomez Rocks Leather Pants And Leopard Print For Night Out In LA

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Selena Gomez upped her style game for a night out in Los Angeles.

The 22-year-old attended the “Paper Towns” premiere after-party at The Nice Guy in West Hollywood, joining celeb friends Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne. She was all smiles as she entered the venue, hand in hand with fellow actress and BFF Franca Raisa.

The singer/actress wore a leopard-print jacket, a graphic tee and a pair of tight leather pants. The former Disney star, who celebrates her 23rd birthday July 22, topped off her ensemble with black heeled booties and a swipe of red lipstick.

Sam Smith is ready to sing again

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It’s been a harrowing few months for Sam Smith, who went under the knife in May after suffering from vocal chord bleeding.

But the singer’s voice was in good hands — after all, he saw the same surgeon who treated Adele for the same condition. And following months of rest, Smith posted on his Instagram that he’s healed, healthy and ready to sing on his upcoming string of tour dates.

Taylor Swift Credits Lady Gaga’s “Magical Spell” for Helping Her Find “Prince Charming” Calvin Harris

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This isn’t a love game; it’s a true love story!

It’s no secret that Calvin Harris is loving his summer romance with Taylor Swift . In fact, the music producer and DJ recently admitted that he’s “insanely happy” with the “Shake It Off” crooner.

But perhaps all this wouldn’t have been made possible without one special tweet from the one and only Lady Gaga!

When one Swiftie shared his fears about the dating world over the weekend, Swift immediately came in to offer some serious hope. In the process, she credited Gaga for helping her find a special man for herself.

“.@AlexanderGold Go read Gaga’s tweet that she sent me a few months ago,” Swift tweeted. “It’s good love luck. Because it’s not a tweet. It’s a magical spell.”

India’s ‘Baahubali’ Destroys Box Office Records–Is China Next?

Writer-Director S.S. Rajamouli’s epic fantasy Baahubali: The Beginning, the most expensive production in the history of Indian cinema, has been crushing box office records from the day of its release.

The $40 million period film beat previous record holder Happy New Year to score the biggest domestic opening day and opening weekend ever for a film in India, and the fourth biggest worldwide opening ever for an Indian movie.

The visual effects heavy story centers on two rival brothers who battle for supremacy over a rich medieval kingdom.

Four films set to battle for top spot at box office this July 4 weekend

In a world where the Fourth of July weekend is a key date for movie releases, four films are set to battle for this year’s top spot.

The competition for moviegoers’ dollars will be stiff, according to MKM Partners analyst Eric Handler. The holiday weekend will see the release of “Magic Mike XXL,” from Time Warner Inc.’s TWX, +0.20%  Warner Bros. Studios, and “Terminator Genisys,” from Viacom Inc.’s VIA, -0.62%  Paramount Pictures, both of which will try to unseat the No. 1 and No. 2 movies from the previous weekend, “Jurassic World,” from Comcast Corp.’s CMCSA, +0.14%  Universal Studios and The Walt Disney Co.’s DIS, -0.14%  “Inside Out.”

“Jurassic World” is expected to drum up another $28 million in box-office receipts, adding to the $1.24 billion the move had grossed worldwide through last weekend.

In their debuts on Wednesday, “Magic Mike” edged out “Terminator Genisys,” to bring in $2.4 million against Terminator’s $2.3 million, according to boxofficemojo.com.

“‘Terminator Genisys’ should benefit from premium priced IMAX IMAX, -0.89% ticket sales,” Handler wrote. “Given the films subpar reviews—25% on Rotten Tomatoes—we look for ‘Terminator Genisys’ to skew more toward IMAX’s core fanboy audience rather than a balanced mass market audience.”

Handler expects the top 10 movies over the weekend to gross a combined $149 million, a 29% increase over the year-earlier period. Looking ahead to the third quarter, Handler is expecting 7% growth in domestic box office revenue, which he said is at the lower end of the 7% to 9% growth consensus.