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Cruise beats Pooh at box office

HOLLYWOOD, United States (AFP) – Tom Cruise continued to test the limits of the possible this weekend as “Mission Impossible – Fallout” clung for a second week to the top spot in North American theaters, beating new Disney film “Christopher Robin,” industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported.

Paramount’s “Mission,” the sixth stunt-filled edition in the popular franchise, took in an estimated $35 million for the three-day weekend. Critics and audiences have warmed to the film, in which Cruise again does his own vertigo-inducing, cliff-hanging, exploding-car stunts.

Disney’s live-animated “Christopher Robin” placed second, at $25 million. Inspired by A.A. Milne’s classic “Winnie-the-Pooh” books, it tells the story of a now grown-up and stressed-out Christopher reuniting with his old stuffed friend and relearning the joys of childlike imagination. The film stars Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell, along with the voices of Brad Garrett and Jim Cummings.