During his long and illustrious career, Cruise’s films have grossed $10 billion worldwide, but which one has grossed the most at the box office?
Cash fees: $158.3 million
Adjusted for inflation: $350.4 million
If you’re looking for a time when Tom Cruise was at the height of his fame, it’s hard to argue with the early 1990s.
Cruise starred in A Few Good Men in 1992 and Interview with a Vampire in 1994. Right in the middle of this blockbuster was one of his highest grossing films, 1993’s The Firm.
The actor has established himself as one of the most profitable actors in Hollywood by playing a young lawyer who joins a law firm with some criminal enterprises. The Firm may not be Cruise’s most memorable role, but one of his most successful.
It probably helped that it was based on a John Grisham bestseller.
4. Mission Impossible 2
Cash fees: $215.4 million
Adjusted for inflation: $366 million
Mission: Impossible 2 came out four years after the original, but still left its mark.
The John Woo film, which features Cruz’s prominent spy Ethan Hunt on the hunt for bioweapons, sounds different than its predecessor (many slow-motion scenes, for example). However, he did find an audience that helped launch Cruise into yet another decade of box office dominance.
3. “Mission Impossible”
Cash fees: $180.9 million
Adjusted for inflation: $375 million
The Mission: Impossible brand defined Cruise’s career and helped keep him a movie star for the past 25 years. The series also made a ton of money, grossing over $3.5 billion from six movies at the worldwide box office. The next film in the series, Mission: Impossible: The Wage of Death, Part One, will hit theaters next year.
The original film, which was directed by Brian DePalma, is more of an intellectual spy thriller than “Oh my God, did Tom Cruise just pull off that stunt?” analogues. Yes, it was still one of the biggest hits of 1996 and Cruise’s career.
2. Rain Man
Cash fees: $172.8 million
Adjusted for inflation: $385.1 million
Cruise has made a career as an action star, but his second highest-grossing film is an award-winning drama.
Rain Man, in which Cruz plays the brother of an autistic person played by Dustin Hoffman, just didn’t do well, but also won several Oscars. This includes Best Actor for Hoffman, Best Director for Barry Levinson, and Best Picture.
Cruise, however, was not nominated for a role in the film. In fact, Cruz never won an Oscar.
1. “Top Shooter”
Cash fees: $179.8 million
Adjusted for inflation: $443.9 million
Unsurprisingly, Cruise’s most iconic role comes in his highest-grossing film.
The film, in which Cruise plays a brash pilot competing for the title of the best in the Navy, took the 1986 box office crown and made Cruise the movie star we know today.
It also changed the film industry by bringing together gripping action sequences, a captivating 1980s soundtrack and memorable characters played by rising stars.