Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” Comes to An End: His 10th Worst Box Office Total of 37 Films


Say goodbye to Jack Reacher. Maybe forever. Tom Cruise’s second Reacher film, “Never Go Back,” is his 10th worst box office total of 37 films. This should be the last weekend it plays in theaters, reaching just $57.5 million after 7 weeks.

When I wrote about “Never Go Back” on November 19th it was just at $56 million. This means pretty much no one has seen it in the last three weeks. Paramount was kind enough to leave it in theaters, gathering dust, maybe hopeful it would get to $60 million. It won’t.

The first “Jack Reacher” was no blockbuster. That film made just $80 million. Someone probably thought, what the hell? Maybe it will take off in the sequel. Alas, it didn’t.

Four of Cruise’s top 5 movies of all time are “Mission Impossible” sagas. His number 1 film was “War of the Worlds” in 2005. That’s eleven years ago. Cruise really hasn’t had a non-MI hit in 10 years. His next, “The Mummy,” will be of keen interest.

My guess is, we’re two or three years away from the Lifetime Achievement Governor’s Award for Tom unless something drastic changes.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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