Melissa P. McNamara, the author of CBS News' Blogophile column, writes
about some bloggers that organized boycotts of the new Tom Cruise movie, Mission: Impossible III
. She raises the question, "Did bloggers hurt the box office debut of "Mission: Impossible III"?
Nicole Kidman may still love Tom Cruise, but the same can't be said of some bloggers. "Mission: Impossible III" debuted with $48.025 million, well below industry expectations and almost $10 million lower than the franchise's previous installment, according to studio estimates. Industry analysts had expected the movie to open in the range of "Mission: Impossible II," which debuted with $57.8 million in 2000, and "War of the Worlds," which premiered with $64.9 million over the July 4 weekend last year.
Some bloggers, including gossip blogger Periz Hilton, definitely tried to hurt Tom's box office numbers. Perez encouraged
readers of his blog to see Hoot
instead. Andrew Sullivan encouraged a boycott
because Tom Cruise, a scientologist, encouraged Viacom to pull the South Park scientology episode. Tom Cruise denies
doing this. Tom's recent antics like his couch jumping
and his attacks on Brooke Shields
haven't helped his popularity.
The Blogophile piece
also mentions a few other bloggers boycotting Cruise including The Last Reel
. A quick Technorati search
brings up other blogging boycotters.
Some bloggers went to see the movie for director J.J. Abrams and loved it
-- despite not caring much for Tom Cruise. PopSugar also liked the film and says Mission Accomplished
. Even if bloggers did manage to deflate the U.S. numbers a bit TomKat's film still made
a staggering $70 million in Europe.