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On the Lot: Tom Cruises, another R-rated comedy stumbles




Tom Cruise has a big weekend, with his latest film, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation crushing the competition.
Tom Cruise has a big weekend, with his latest film, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation crushing the competition.
Chung Sung-Jun

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"Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation smoked" the competition in the weekend box office sweepstakes, proving that, after more than 30 years, Tom Cruise can still draw a very big crowd.  

Meanwhile, "Vacation" became the latest in a series of raunchy, R-rated comedies to underperform this summer, leading some to believe the gross-out laff-fest genre has lost its way.

And our On the Lot contributor, Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times, makes a personal plea to end the impersonal and often very awkward practice of film junkets, where movie stars spend day after day doing interviews with seemingly every new organization, blog and newsletter in the country.