#ThrowbackThursday: 9 Tom Cruise Movies That Nailed It At The Box Office

Atmaj Vyas , 26 Jul 2018
Tom Cruise (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Tom Cruise (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

For those of you who aren’t aware, the much-hyped, Mission: Impossible – Fallout (MI6) is releasing tomorrow. It’s the same movie that was responsible for shattering his foot when a stunt went wrong. That being said, we’ve all been waiting for MI6 for some time now, considering the last one was back in 2015. Well, we’re going to have to wait till tomorrow for the movie to actually come out. But, in the meanwhile, let’s take a quick recap at some highest-grossing Tom Cruise movies as per IMDb.

1. War Of The Worlds (2005)

This was one of those Tom Cruise movies that had people pretty divided. Some found it great and others, well, not that great. That being said, the movie still made a killing at the box office. Well, it goes to show that even a movie where the aliens are basically tripods that kill humans, will do well just because it has Tom Cruise in it.

Box office collection: $591,745,540

2. Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)

The second part in the MI franchise was another top earner for Cruise. While it wasn’t the highest grossing movie in the franchise, it still did help establish the movie as something we keep wanting more of.

Box office collection: $565,400,000

3. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is directed by Brad Bird and stars Tom Cruise as the returning IMF agent Ethan Hunt on a mission to clear his team's name and stop a nuclear war. I've seen the first three of this series, in particular the first at least dozen times, but I somehow missed the boat on these last two, which many regard as the best of the series. I can definitely see why, because this is a non-stop action thrill ride that probably feels the closest to the sensibilities of the first film, while still being it's own thing. . . A lot of the revitalization of tone and style for the franchise, has to do with Bird's direction. It's no surprise that the director of two Incredibles films knows how to do action, but the way he goes about it here in live action is so visually stunning and really breathes new life into the story and characters. Which brings me to the next element that I enjoyed, the characters themselves. The addition of Renner, Pegg, and Patton and their on screen chemistry with Cruise is a real highlight in this film. Patton plays a total badass, femme fatale, Pegg brings the comedic aspect that adds a nice lightheartedness to the most extreme situations, and Renner plays a great rival hero and kind of right hand to Hunt. And I cant not mention the real money maker sequence of the film and that's the Burg Khalifa skyscraper sequence in Dubai. One of the most incredibly shot, performed, and executed pulse pounding action set pieces I've ever seen on film. It's also even more crazy, when you know that Cruise actually performed his own stunt, as he usually does. . . I also have to mention the score by Michael Giocchino, who has worked with Bird several times before, but it's awesome as well as iconic and really works to blend the action and suspenseful moments well. My only real gripe here is the weak villians that couldn't keep up with the story or the charisma of the IMF team. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and cant wait to watch Rogue Nation next! SCORE – 8.75/10 . . #missionimpossible #ghostprotocol #ghost #mission #impossible #fun #action #suspense #adventure #spy #thriller #comedy #bradbird #tomcruise #jeremyrenner #simonpegg

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M: I – Ghost Protocol was like an adrenaline filled roller-coaster ride that just kept on giving. By this point, we already knew that this franchise was something that wasn’t going to go away anytime soon. Also, it helped redeem the franchise after the third part fell a bit flat.

Box office collection: $694,713,380

4. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

Just when people had thought there was nothing more the franchise could offer, this movie came. After 19 years of its existence, they still managed to make a movie that thrilled the audience! In fact, many people believe this was the best movie in the franchise, and the box office numbers seem to prove that.

Box office collection: $700,868,363

5. Mission: Impossible (1996)

The film that started it all. It was probably Cruise’s best decision ever when he said he planned on making the film into a trilogy and eventually, a franchise. Till date the Mission: Impossible franchise is considered one of the best action movies ever and the box office numbers tend to back that up. So how will the new one fare?

Box office collection: $457,696,359

6. Top Gun (1986)

While The Outsiders may have launched Tom Cruise, it was actually Top Gun that thrust him into superstardom and really put the spotlight on him. It was a turning point in his career and basically cemented his place in Hollywood. Till date, this movie is considered to be one of the best with it having a loyal fanbase. Also, there is a sequel coming out as well and we literally can’t wait.

Box office collection: $356,830,601

7. Rain Man (1988)

This movie is one of those classics that you can watch a hundred times and still not get sick of. While this movie requires it’s viewers to have patience, it most definitely rewards them for it! It is truly an understated gem.

Box office collection: $182,000,000

8. The Firm (1993)

Loaded with twists and turns galore, this movie is one that certainly had audiences at the edge of their seats. It has you guessing what’s going to happen, every step of the way. While the box office numbers weren’t groundbreaking, it is still considered one of Tom’s more memorable roles.

Box office collection: $270,248,367

9. Jerry Maguire (1996)

Jerry Maguire was that kind of movie that validated your thoughts about what a movie should be like. Till date, it is an enjoyable watch. It’s one of those feel-good movies that actually inspires you in real life, which makes it a rare one. It’s definitely one for the binge-watch list.

Box office collection: $273,552,592

What is your all-time favourite Tom Cruise movie? Let us know in the comments below!

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