Tom Cruise leaps from plane at 25,000 feet for 'Mission: Impossible' stunt

Mary Kate Carr
If it isn't broken, don't fix it (and keep doing it again and again and again). Hollywood has long subscribed to this golden rule, and 2018 was no exception. <em>Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom </em>proved the 25-year-old series still has dino-sized legs, grossing a massive $413.2 million, while Tom Cruise's <em>Mission: Impossible — Fallout </em>added $196.6 million (and counting, plus $353 million overseas) to the series' ballooning combined total. Disney-Pixar's <em>Incredibles 2</em> also earned a heroic $597.7 million (more than doubling the original's $261 million take to become the <a href="https://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=animation.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:highest-grossing animated release of all time" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">highest-grossing animated release of all time</a>). Smaller-scale sequels held their own too, as Denzel Washington's <em>Equalizer 2</em> posted just under $100 million, <em>The First Purge</em> cleared $68.9 million four films into the series, and <em>Super Troopers 2 </em>amassed a surprising $15.2 million on its opening weekend en route to a $30 million total (on a $15 million budget).
If it isn't broken, don't fix it (and keep doing it again and again and again). Hollywood has long subscribed to this golden rule, and 2018 was no exception. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom proved the 25-year-old series still has dino-sized legs, grossing a massive $413.2 million, while Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible — Fallout added $196.6 million (and counting, plus $353 million overseas) to the series' ballooning combined total. Disney-Pixar's Incredibles 2 also earned a heroic $597.7 million (more than doubling the original's $261 million take to become the highest-grossing animated release of all time). Smaller-scale sequels held their own too, as Denzel Washington's Equalizer 2 posted just under $100 million, The First Purge cleared $68.9 million four films into the series, and Super Troopers 2 amassed a surprising $15.2 million on its opening weekend en route to a $30 million total (on a $15 million budget).

Tom Cruise continues to do the Impossible for his films. This time around, it’s jumping from a moving plane.

On Sunday, Mission: ImpossibleFallout director Christopher McQuarrie shared a photo on Instagram of Cruise preparing for an extraordinary stunt. “Just one shot left. At 25,000 feet. At 200 mph. At dusk. Three minutes of available light. Two minutes of action. One chance per day,” McQuarrie wrote in the caption.

McQuarrie had posted other photos from the production previously, including some that appear to be from the same plane stunt. Cruise also posted a photo of himself jumping, with the caption, “Dropping in.”

Dropping in. Summer ‘18. #MissionImpossibleFallout

A post shared by Tom Cruise (@tomcruise) on Mar 7, 2018 at 12:52pm PST

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A post shared by Christopher McQuarrie (@christophermcquarrie) on Mar 13, 2018 at 9:13am PDT

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A post shared by Christopher McQuarrie (@christophermcquarrie) on Mar 8, 2018 at 7:07am PST

In February, Cruise tweeted about another death-defying aerial stunt from the film, in which he had to operate a helicopter. Of that stunt, producer Jack Myers noted, “It takes someone like three months of eight-hour days just to become a novice helicopter pilot. Tom needed to work ’round the clock to reach the level of skill the sequence needs.”

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and all of its stunts, premieres July 27.