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Mission: Impossible – Fallout earns highest opening weekend ever for Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise tops the box office (Picture: Paramount Pictures)

Were six movies in to the Mission: Impossible franchise, but the high-octane spy series shows no signs of slowing down.

In fact, Mission: Impossible has just enjoyed its best-ever opening weekend at the box office.

Fallout, the latest entry, opened in the UK and US last week and has amassed £117 million ($153.5 million) globally so far.

In the United States, it racked up £46.8 million ($61.5 million) – a record for an opening weekend take.

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MI6 represents the third best opening weekend of star Tom Cruises career.

Only War of the Worlds (£49.4 million) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (£55.7 million) got off to faster starts.

Cruise turned 53 earlier this month, but he isnt letting age stop him in his tracks.

Impressively, he still does his own stunts despite undergoing a nasty injury while shooting Fallout last summer.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout earns highest opening weekend ever for Tom Cruise

Bombastic action sequences have become a Mission: Impossible hallmark (Picture: Warner Bros)

The Hollywood heavyweight was reportedly left with two broken bones in his ankle after a roof jump stunt went wrong.

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In a widely circulated video, Cruise can be seen attached to a rigging and jumping off scaffolding.

The sequence doesnt end well and Tom falls short, hitting the buildings side.

However, Cruise is nothing if not a consummate professional.

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

Mission: Impossible 2 was previously the franchises most lucrative entry (Picture: Paramount)

Speaking at the US premiere, he revealed he knew instantly his ankle was broken but wanted to finish the scene anyway.

It was a hard hit, and I was trying to mitigate the hit, he told USA Today.

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I thought, “Well, Im just going to touch my foot,” and I just kept it there for, really, a split-second too long, to try to soften the impact of the side of the wall.

I was like, “Its broken, I know its broken, just keep going and run past the camera so that we have the shot.” That was the first thing I thought: Just get through the shot.

Now thats what you call an action hero.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is in cinemas now

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