Tom Cruise is the biggest movie star in the world. That’s what they say.
Actually, without the “Mission Impossible” series, Cruise would not be a movie star. He is definitely not an actor who can open a film. Other than the “Mission Impossible” movies, Cruise’s films open poorly and don’t hit $100 million. “Edge of Tomorrow” just made the magic number because the studio left it in theaters until it had whiskers.
The new “MI: Fallout” made $6 million last night, and may go on to have the biggest opening weekend of all the movies in the series. But basically, Cruise’s career will now be defined historically by playing Ethan Hunt, and by doing his own stunts.
This chart is from boxofficemojo.com: