Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

December 20, 2011 by staff 

Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolMission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird probably had a very good weekend. And a pretty busy one at that. The director, up until now best known for Academy Award winning films “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles” and dubbed by some as a modern day Walt Disney, is enjoying the spoils of a new pursuit: directing his first ever live action feature film.

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opened throughout much of the world this weekend and as the director behind the fourth film in the colossal spy franchise, he has his plate pretty full.

“It’s like when the big color ball pops up on the computer screen. Hopefully in a few weeks I’ll be able to process it all. Right now, sometimes it’s three cities in one day, but I’m enjoying it,” Bird said in an interview last week talking about the whirlwind media frenzy surrounding the Paramount film that many are calling the best of the franchise so far.

He said he’s relieved it has all worked out and fans are responding to his spin on the lucrative series. “It was a tall order, shooting out in the Pacific Ocean, knowing land was somewhere off in the distance. It was physically very challenging and it was a huge production on a very tight budget.”

Some of that budget has been recouped, no doubt, after its opening weekend take. “Ghost Protocol” commanded the international box office, debuting at just under $70 million in more than 35 countries. Asian markets responded particularly well, accounting for about a third of global ticket sales. The film also opened on IMAX screens in the U.S. before going nationwide this week. The newest offering significantly trumped it’s predecessor’s opening weekend figures.

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