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The more Tom Cruise runs in films, the better they are

According to an official analysis of Tom’s movies the more the actor runs, the better reviews the film has. And of course, the more money it makes. Well, we all know that Tom Cruise (56) is always eager to go for crazy stunts that his movies require. However, it turns out that the key to the success of his movies is running! The latest research carried by the website Rotten Tomatoes analyzed all of the films that Tom Cruise starred throughout the years, paying attention to the income that they made. The conclusion seems obvious. The more he runs, the better the film is.

Just have a look at the films where Tom Cruise doesn’t have a chance to run so much (for example, Magnolia, Valkyrie). The average box office of these films was in total $153 million. Well, not bad, but could it be better? When we concentrate on the films where Tom is running even 1,000 feet (for example, Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Mission Impossible III), the total sum is much higher - $538 million! Incredible, isn’t it?

Tom Cruise movie flops

Of course, there are always some exceptions. For example, in The Mummy, Tom Cruise runs a lot but the film wasn't that successful. Jack Reacher: Never Look Back also involved over 1,000 feet of running, but earned only $171 million at the box office. Well, the statistics still favor the notion that the more Tom Cruise runs, the better the films are.

Tom Cruise movie flops

Here are the films when Tom doesn't run at all (0 feet) - Magnolia (1999), Lions for Lambs (2007), Tropic Thunder (2008), Valkyrie (2008). Well, in Tropic Thunder and Magnolia Tom doesn’t stand still all the time, however, there is definitely not much running. He definitely doesn’t cover much ground in these films. So taking into account the research that we mentioned before, we are not surprised that those movies were not people's favorites.

This category has the lowest box-office numbers. Lack of running means little action, and this is how even the most expected and promising films may be destroyed. Also, Tom Cruise in such movies messes with his onscreen typical character and as we observe, he plays against the action archetype. Lions for Lambs and Valkyrie (in which he doesn’t run, even as bombs go off) were Cruise’s lowest-grossing features of the 2000s.

When Tom Cruise takes a short sprint in movies

Now, it's time for the films in which he takes a short sprint (1-500 feet). They include: Endless Love (1981), Taps (1981), Losin’ It (1983), The Outsiders (1983), Risky Business (1983), Legend (1985) , Top Gun (1986), The Color on Money (1986), Rain Man (1988), Cocktail (1988), Days of Thunder (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), Far and Away (1992), Interview With the Vampire (1994), Jerry Maguire (1996), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), The Last Samurai (2003), Rock of Ages (2012), Jack Reacher (2012), American Made (2017).

Almost half of the 41 movies that have been closely analyzed fall into this category. It’s not a full sprint but it’s finally some running and an interesting fact is that 80% of these movies were released in the 1980s and 1990s. Well, before 1996, it was mostly light jogging and some moments of sprinting in panic, for instance, in movies like Risky Business (438 feet) and Far and Away (496 feet). Tom seems to be the best sprint-panics runner!

It was in 1996 when we saw incredibly iconic non-action-movie running scenes of Tom Cruise. In Cameron Crowe’s 1996 film Jerry Maguire, he runs through the empty airport and you may think that he will be tired, breathless and puffing all the time. But not this time! Jerry looks as if he walked a catwalk, effortless and attentive. He dashes like a gazelle through the airport.

When Tom Cruise goes middle-distance in movies

Next state - movies in which Tom Cruise goes middle-distance (501-1,000 feet). Those films include All the Right Moves (1983), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Mission: Impossible (1996), Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), Vanilla Sky (2001), Collateral (2004), Knight and Day (2010), Oblivion (2013). What can we expect after analyzing them? Let's find out!

Another stunning moment in 1996, concerning Tom Cruise’s running came with the well-known Mission: Impossible. Well, in this film, Tom couldn’t resist the urge to run. There was so much action that he didn’t have a choice. Do you remember the moment when Ethan Hunt, plans to use explosive gum to blow a hole in a restaurant and escape his enemies on foot?

We do remember! Especially the fact that he had to run 730-feet in the film… Another important moment in his life came five years later. Vanilla Sky was definitely a remarkable milestone. The film featured his second cooperation with Crowe and they celebrated their adventure with longer and more complicated parts of running than we’d seen before.

Well, the movie wasn’t as financially successful as Jerry Maguire but Crowe finally realized that running is a great potential that makes Tom Cruise’s films much more successful. Generally, Knight and Day, Oblivion seem to drive down this category, and this includes some of Cruise’s more memorable and famous performances (M:I, All the Right Moves, Collateral).

When Tom Cruise runs in movies

Now, it's time for movies in which Tom runs fully (1,001-plus feet). They include The Firm (1993), Minority Report (2002), War of the Worlds (2005), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015), Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016), The Mummy (2017).

The funny fact is that the older Tom gets, the further he is able to run. And the better his movies seem to be. Eight of the nine movies in the long-distance group were produced after 2002, and five of them you could see after 2010 (The Firm is the only pre-2002 exception). 2002’s Steven Spielberg-directed Minority Report required 1,000-plus– feet! And the amount was even bigger in the 2005 blockbuster, War of the Worlds (1,752 feet).

After War of the Worlds, Cruise reached his utmost perfection in Mission: Impossible 3, which required him to run even 3,212 feet. Most of that was covered during some crazy displays of athleticism through Shanghai. His movies since – like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2,200 feet), Edge of Tomorrow (1,022 feet), and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (1,007 feet) definitely crossed the 1,000 feet mark, however, they didn't manage the lengths of his 2000s movies.

Top Tom Cruise Movies

Mission: Impossible III – 3,212 feet
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – 3,066 feet
War of the Worlds – 1,752 feet
Minority Report – 1,562 feet
The Firm – 1,241 feet
Edge of Tomorrow – 1,065 feet
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – 1,051 feet
The Mummy – 1,022 feet
Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation – 1,007 feet
Vanilla Sky – 832 feet

When Tom Cruise takes a short sprint in movies

'Mission: Impossible – Fallout' success

What about his latest film 'Mission: Impossible – Fallout'? Well, it stays No. 1 at International Box Office! $76 million from 56 markets abroad! What are its main rivals? When it goes to Worldwide Box Office the second place belongs to China’s "Hello Mr. Billionaire"! It follows close behind 'Mission: Impossible – Fallout' as it generated a massive $64.5 million!

Worldwide Box Office

Third place belongs to South Korean drama "Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days". Internationally, it gathered $37.3 million. Disney’s "Christopher Robin" opened with $4.8 million in 18 international countries! Pixar’s "Incredibles 2," earned $19 million being successful in 42 overseas markets! Also, it has been the highest grossing Pixar release ever in New Zealand and Taiwan!

Disney-Marvel’s "Ant-Man and the Wasp" earned $11.2 million in 47 international areas. "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" picked up $19.3 million and it was shown in 53 markets. The sequel gathered $1.2 million in Brazil and $390,000 in Taiwan. "Mamma Mia 2" earned $5.6 million in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and also $1.8 million in Australia, and $1.6 million in Germany.

Sony’s "The Equalizer 2" gathered $940,000 in 11 markets. International total is $7.7 million. "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" earned $18 million. "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies" picked up $1.1 million in 13 international regions. All the films seem promising, especially taking into account how much money they have already gained. Which of them have you already seen in cinemas?

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