The actor’s career spanned 40 years, including such hits as War of the Worlds, A Few Good Men, and Jerry Maguire. This weekend, he reprized his legendary role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick.
Over the course of his long and illustrious career, Cruise’s films have grossed $10 billion at the global box office, but which one has the most at the box office?
office box: $158.3 million
Adjustment 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 ’90s.
Cruz starred in 1992 in A Few Good Men and 1994’s Interview with a Vampire. In the middle of that movie was one of his highest-grossing films, The Firm in 1993.
The actor established himself as one of the most bankable Hollywood actors by playing a young lawyer who joins a law firm with some criminal enterprise. The Firm may not be one of Cruise’s most memorable roles, but it is one of his most successful.
It was probably based on John Grisham’s bestselling book which helped make it happen.
4. “Mission: Impossible II”
office box: $215.4 million
Adjustment for inflation: 366 million dollars
Mission Impossible II came four years after the original release, but it’s still making a name for itself.
The John Woo movie – in which exceptional cruise spy Ethan Hunt hunts down a bioweapon – hits a different tone than its predecessor (for example, plenty of slow-motion sequences). However, he found an audience that helped Cruise usher in another decade of box office dominance.
3. “Mission: Impossible”
office box: $180.9 million
Adjustment for inflation: 375 million dollars
The Mission: Impossible brand has shaped Cruise’s career and helped him remain a movie star over the past 25 years. The series has also made huge profits, grossing over $3.5 billion for six films at the worldwide box office. The next movie in the series, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, will be released in theaters next year.
The original film – directed by Brian De Palma – is more intellectual espionage than its “Oh my God, did Tom Cruise do this stunt?”. Yee, it was still one of the biggest hits of 1996 and in Cruz’s career.
office box: $172.8 million
Adjustment for inflation: $385.1 million
Cruise has had a role in the career of 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 man played by Dustin Hoffman, was not only a smash hit, but it also won several Academy Awards. These include Best Actor for Hoffman, Best Director for Barry Levinson, and Best Film.
However, Cruz was not nominated for the film. In fact, Cruz has never won an Oscar.
1. “Top Gun”
office box: $179.8 million
Adjustment for inflation: $443.9 million
It’s no surprise that Cruz’s most famous role can be found in his highest-grossing movie.
The film, in which Cruise plays a spirited pilot struggling to become the best in the Navy, took the box office crown in 1986 and made Cruise the star of the movie we know today.
It also transformed the film industry, blending exciting action sequences, a gripping ’80s soundtrack, and unforgettable characters played by rising stars.