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Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 33 films, with $7,121,110,240 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #7)
Best-Known Acting Roles: Ethan Hunt (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), Ethan Hunt (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), Ray Ferier (War of the Worlds), Famous Austin Powers (Austin Powers in Goldmember), Ethan Hunt (Mission: Impossible 2)
Best-Known Technical Roles: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (Producer), Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (Producer), Mission: Impossible 2 (Producer), Mission: Impossible III (Producer), Jack Reacher (Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Christopher McQuarrie, Steven Spielberg, Paula Wagner, Doug Liman, Joseph Kosinski

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As an ActorLeading33$3,002,540,521$4,118,569,719$7,121,110,240
Lead Ensemble Member3$273,501,196$496,915,327$770,416,523
In Technical RolesProducer9$1,226,038,690$2,451,147,795$3,677,186,485
Executive Producer1$96,522,687$111,242,369$207,765,056
Story Creator1$78,771,268$75,000,000$153,771,268

2015 Preview: July

July 1st, 2015


June was a much better month than expected due to two films, Jurassic World and Inside Out. Had those two films merely matched expectations, then 2015 would have likely fallen behind 2014. As for this coming month, there are five weekends in July and each week there is at least one film with the potential to reach $100 million. Most weeks there are two films that at least have a shot at getting to the century mark. The biggest hit of the month will likely be Minions, which has already opened in several international markets and it's ahead of Despicable Me 2 at the same point. That film made more than $300 million and nearly $1 billion worldwide, so any growth would be fantastic. There are also a number of potential $200 million films, led by Ant-man. Ant-man is the latest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that has averaged $300 million domestically over eleven films and all of the past six films have reached at least $200 million. I'm not saying this one is guaranteed to do the same, but you can't dismiss that possibility. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Pixels have smaller chances to get to $200 million, but you have to at least entertain the possibility. Additionally, last July was a lot weaker than this July looks to be, so 2015 should win in the year-over-year comparison most weeks. Or I might have let the box office success of June cloud my judgment. We will soon find out. More...

Weekend Estimates: American Sniper Continues Box Office Domination

January 25th, 2015

American Sniper poster

After smashing the January weekend record last weekend, American Sniper is enjoying a very solid second-weekend hold. So solid, in fact, that it will also have the third-best January weekend. If it drops less than 35% next weekend, it will share with Avatar the records for the top six January weekends, each movie having topped $42 million three times. Sniperís expected weekend this time around is $64.365m, according to Warner Bros. Sunday morning projection. More...

2014 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part I

November 26th, 2014

This Thursday is Thanksgiving, which means this is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and a ton of shopping. It also means the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. Over the next month, we will talk about TV on DVD releases, independent releases, foreign language releases, classics, etc. but this week we start with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. In some ways, this is better than last year, as there were a wider number of big releases that would make great gifts. However, in other ways it is much weaker. I can't think of a single big franchise box set that came out this year. There are some smaller ones, like the Halloween Box Set, but while the franchise has lasted ten installments and 30 years, how many can you really say are worth repeated viewing? Fortunately, there were plenty of great films to come out this year, starting with what is currently the biggest hit of the year. More...

Weekend Predictions: Are the New Releases Faulty?

June 5th, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars poster

This weekend, there are two wide releases coming out, one of which is the obvious potential monster hit and the other being the obvious counter-programing. On paper, Edge of Tomorrow is the obvious potential monster hit. It is a Sci-fi action film with a production budget that is nearly $200 million. The Fault in Our Stars is the obvious counter-programing. It is about two teen cancer patients who fall in love, which couldn't be farther away from a popcorn flick. However, the buzz really suggests The Fault in Our Stars could win. In fact, it could break the record for biggest opening for a romantic drama. This weekend last year, The Purge won with $34.06 million, while no other film earned more than $20 million. This year, three films might top $30 million and the winner could pull in more than $40 million. I think 2014 will win this weekend in the year-over-year competition. More...

2014 Preview: June

June 1st, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction poster

It is too soon to tell how May will end, as this story will be published before the weekend estimates came out. (Maleficent had an excellent start on Friday, unlike A Million Ways to Die in the West.) Overall, it was a good month with at least three movies that are on track to hit $200 million, but there was no really big winner for the month. It was nice and balanced. Unfortunately, last May there was a monster hit, Iron Man 3, and 2014 could not compete with that, so it lost ground to 2013. June hopes to turn things around and there are some reasons to be optimistic. All four weeks there is at least one film opening that at least has a shot at $100 million. There are even two films that at least have a shot at $300 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction should win the monthly box office race while How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a long shot to win, but I wouldn't be completely surprised if it did. Additionally, 22 Jump Street, Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, and Think Like a Man 2 are all contenders for the century club. Not all of them will get to that milestone, but all of them at least have a short. Last June, there were three films that reached $200 million, including Man of Steel, which nearly reached $300 million. It looks like June of 2014 will be about as strong as June of 2013, more or less. If all films reach their potential, it could win the year-over-year comparison. Unless there are some shocking bombs, it shouldn't struggle so much that 2014 loses its lead over 2013 entirely.


Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Oblivion

August 5th, 2013

Oblivion was a spring release, which isn't a great time to release a film, but it is far from a terrible time either. It opened in first place at the box office, but quickly faded away after that. It is hard to get excited by its box office numbers, but it wasn't a real bomb either. It will need help on the home market to recoup its $120 million production budget. Does it deserve to be seen by more on the home market? And is the DVD and / or Blu-ray worth picking up? More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 7th, 2013

May 7th, 2013

While there are a lot of new releases listed on, it isn't long before you run into filler. Worse still, the top two selling movies, Jack Reacher and Save Haven, are just mediocre movies. The Great Escape is coming out on Blu-ray this week, which would normally be a reason to celebrate. However, a lot of reviewers are complaining about the poor video quality. The film needed, and deserves, a full restoration, but that didn't happen. We need to look further down the list to find a Pick of the Week contender, and we find one in 30 Rock: Season Seven. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Jack Reacher

May 5th, 2013

During the holiday season of 2011, Tom Cruise starred in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. I thought it was arguably the best action movie of the year and it became the stars biggest hit globally and his best domestic hit in a decade (not counting a cameo in Goldmember). A year later, Jack Reacher opened with barely a fraction of the buzz. I was one of the most Bullish analysts and I was only predicting $75 million. The film did pull in $80 million domestically, which is better than expected, but nothing compared to MI:IV. Is it really that much weaker? Or did it struggle in comparison, because it wasn't part of a popular franchise. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Oblivion Survives Opening Weekend

April 22nd, 2013

The overall box office was in line with expectations, more or less, which is unfortunately bad news, as expectations were low. Oblivion easily won the weekend, but the overall box office still fell 5.7% from last weekend to $110 million. Worse still, this is 19% lower than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2013 has pulled in $2.77 billion, which is 11% lower than 2012's pace. 2013 is already $350 million behind 2012 and even with Iron Man 3 looming large, I don't see how 2013 is going to turn things around any time soon. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will 2013 Continue on Its Path to Oblivion?

April 18th, 2013

It is no secret that 2013 has been a bad year at the box office so far. There's only one film debuting wide this week, Oblivion, which should benefit from the lack of competition this weekend. (Although we are already seeing plenty of hype for Iron Man 3, which could hurt this film's chance at the box office.) There are also several films opening in more than 100 theaters: Filly Brown, Home Run, and The Lords of Salem. There's a chance one of them will be a better than expected hit and reach the top ten; it's a slim chance, but a chance. Finally, The Place Beyond the Pines is expanding to an additional 1,000 theaters and should climb higher in the top ten. Last year, there were three wide releases led by Think Like a Man. That film was a bigger than expected hit, but hopefully Oblivion will have an even better start, but not everyone is positive it will. More...

2013 Preview: April

April 1st, 2013

March is over and while it is a little too soon to tell where a few films will end their box office runs, it is clear Oz The Great and Powerful won the month. Some films beat expectations to become midlevel hits, like The Call, but it wasn't a great month at the box office, especially compared to last year. This month, there are only seven wide releases spread over four weeks. Only one of those films, Oblivion, has a shot at being anything more than a midlevel hit. None of the other six releases look like they will come close to $100 million, but none of them look like obvious bombs either. (Although I do have my worries when it comes to Scary Movie 5.) Last April was even weaker with no film earning $100 million, although Think Like a Man did come relatively close. We might actually see growth on the year-over-year comparison. We'd better, because 2013 is behind 2012's pace by a huge margin at the moment and things will get worse when May arrives. More...

2012 Preview: December

December 1st, 2012

November was a strong month and left 2012 with a very easy path to a new all time record. There was only one major miss the entire month, Rise of the Guardians, while The Silver Linings Playbook was pulled from wide release at the last minute, so it is a little hard to judge its box office performance. On the positive side, Skyfall might top original expectations by $100 million. All this December has to do is maintain pace with last December to ensure 2012 sets the new record. I would like to say that will be easy to do, but I really don't know. Last year, there was only one $200 million hit, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, plus a few others that reached $100 million, so the bar isn't set too high. This year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to at least come close to $300 million. Some think it will earn more than $400 million. However, it could also be the last film to make $100 million till February. December is normally a very good month to release a film, but the release schedule is so messed up that it makes it very hard to predict what will happen. There appears to be just ten films opening truly wide this month (I'm getting mixed signals on a few of them). That's a really light schedule for a month and a light schedule tends to help maximize the box office potential for individual films. However, eight of these films open wide within a seven-day period. That's insane. There's no way all of those films will find an audience and there's a chance that due to the competition, none of them will. Let's hope the situation isn't as bad as that, but there are some serious reasons to be concerned for most new releases coming out this month. More...

Box Office
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12/31/2017 Bob the Musical Bob  $0 $0 $0
3/24/2017 The Mummy   $0 $0 $0
1/6/2017 Mena Barry Seal  $0 $0 $0
10/21/2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Jack Reacher  $0 $0 $0
7/31/2015 Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Ethan Hunt  $195,042,377 $505,825,986 $700,868,363
6/6/2014 Edge of Tomorrow Lt. Col. Bill Cage  $100,206,256 $264,200,000 $364,406,256
4/19/2013 Oblivion Jack  $89,107,235 $198,809,398 $287,916,633
12/21/2012 Jack Reacher Jack Reacher  $80,070,736 $137,300,000 $217,370,736
6/15/2012 Rock of Ages Stacie Jaxx  $38,518,613 $11,600,000 $50,118,613
12/16/2011 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Ethan Hunt  $209,397,903 $485,315,327 $694,713,230
6/23/2010 Knight and Day Roy Miller   $76,423,035 $182,328,335 $258,751,370
12/25/2008 Valkyrie Col. Claus von Stauffenberg  $83,077,762 $120,824,345 $203,902,107
8/13/2008 Tropic Thunder Lee Grossman  $110,461,307 $80,629,943 $191,091,250
11/9/2007 Lions for Lambs Senator Jasper Irving  $14,998,070 $48,213,018 $63,211,088
5/5/2006 Mission: Impossible III Ethan Hunt  $133,501,348 $264,000,000 $397,501,348
6/29/2005 War of the Worlds Ray Ferier  $234,280,354 $372,556,181 $606,836,535
8/6/2004 Collateral Vincent  $100,170,152 $117,500,000 $217,670,152
12/5/2003 The Last Samurai Capt. Nathan Algren  $111,110,575 $345,700,000 $456,810,575
7/25/2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Famous Austin Powers  $213,117,789 $79,620,837 $292,738,626
6/21/2002 Minority Report Officer John Anderton  $132,024,714 $226,800,000 $358,824,714
4/19/2002 Space Station Narrator  $93,136,620 $33,282,126 $126,418,746
12/14/2001 Vanilla Sky David Ames  $100,614,858 $102,111,747 $202,726,605
5/24/2000 Mission: Impossible 2 Ethan Hunt  $215,409,889 $334,178,627 $549,588,516
12/17/1999 Magnolia Frank T.J. Mackey  $22,450,975 $25,995,827 $48,446,802
7/16/1999 Eyes Wide Shut Dr. William Harford  $55,637,680 $48,576,235 $104,213,915
12/13/1996 Jerry Maguire Jerry Maguire  $153,620,822 $120,047,408 $273,668,230
5/21/1996 Mission: Impossible Ethan Hunt  $180,891,004 $276,716,108 $457,607,112
11/11/1994 Interview with the Vampire: The Vampi… Lestat  $105,163,524 $118,300,000 $223,463,524
6/30/1993 The Firm Mitch McDeere  $158,340,892 $112,000,000 $270,340,892
12/11/1992 A Few Good Men Lt. Daniel Kaffee  $140,525,790 $95,159,822 $235,685,612
5/22/1992 Far and Away Joseph Donnelly  $58,883,840 $0 $58,883,840
6/27/1990 Days of Thunder Cole Trickle  $78,771,268 $75,000,000 $153,771,268
12/20/1989 Born on the Fourth of July Ron Kovic  $65,441,414 $0 $65,441,414
12/16/1988 Rain Man Charlie Babbitt  $168,106,313 $239,974,565 $408,080,878
7/29/1988 Cocktail Brian Flanagan  $78,222,753 $0 $78,222,753
10/17/1986 The Color of Money Vincent  $50,159,778 $0 $50,159,778
5/16/1986 Top Gun Maverick  $179,800,601 $177,000,000 $356,800,601
4/18/1986 Legend Jack  $15,502,112 $8,004,125 $23,506,237
10/21/1983 All the Right Moves Stef  $16,927,805 $0 $16,927,805
8/5/1983 Risky Business Joel Goodson  $63,541,777 $0 $63,541,777
4/8/1983 Losin' It Woody  $1,246,141 $0 $1,246,141
3/25/1983 The Outsiders Steve Randle  $25,584,680 $0 $25,584,680
12/9/1981 Taps David Shawn  $35,856,053 $0 $35,856,053
7/17/1981 Endless Love Billy  $33,000,000 $0 $33,000,000
Movies: 44Totals:$4,018,344,815$5,207,569,960$9,225,914,775
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10/21/2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Producer $0 $0 $0
7/31/2015 Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Producer $195,042,377 $505,825,986 $700,868,363
12/21/2012 Jack Reacher Producer $80,070,736 $137,300,000 $217,370,736
12/16/2011 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Pro… Producer $209,397,903 $485,315,327 $694,713,230
5/5/2006 Mission: Impossible III Producer $133,501,348 $264,000,000 $397,501,348
12/5/2003 The Last Samurai Producer $111,110,575 $345,700,000 $456,810,575
12/14/2001 Vanilla Sky Producer $100,614,858 $102,111,747 $202,726,605
8/10/2001 The Others Executive Producer $96,522,687 $111,242,369 $207,765,056
5/24/2000 Mission: Impossible 2 Producer $215,409,889 $334,178,627 $549,588,516
5/21/1996 Mission: Impossible Producer $180,891,004 $276,716,108 $457,607,112
6/27/1990 Days of Thunder Story Creator $78,771,268 $75,000,000 $153,771,268
Movies: 11Totals:$1,401,332,645$2,637,390,164$4,038,722,809