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A better shot at a lucrative run in IMAX theaters was one very big reason Paramount moved the release date for Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible 5” up to July 31.

The action sequel had been scheduled to debut on Christmas Day, one week after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theaters on Dec. 18. But Monday’s shift of “MI5” means Paramount not only avoids direct competition with Disney’s blockbuster-to-be, it also gives it a shot at ImAX’s 338 theaters, which have been committed to “Star Wars” over the holidays.

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