Even the most oblivious of moviegoers will be well aware of
The "Mission: Impossible" actor's latest film, the only picture debuting nationwide this weekend, is poised to have a healthy debut of around $37 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
Meanwhile, in its second weekend in theaters,
Universal Pictures said it and co-financier Elliot Inc. paid $120 million to make the film, which got off to a good start overseas last weekend. Playing in 52 foreign markets, the film collected $61 million and was No. 1 in 48 of the locations where it opened. The film did best in Russia, where its $8.6-million gross was the best opening ever for Cruise in the country. The film is likely to sail past the $100-million milestone this weekend as it launches in seven additional countries.
Cruise's films almost always perform far better abroad than domestically. With the exception of the box-office disappointment
Also this weekend, the Ryan Gosling-