New York (CNN Business) — Tom Cruise is one of the most popular celebrities in Hollywood history. The actor’s career spans 40 years of hits including “War of the Worlds,” “A Few Good Men” and “Jerry Maguire.”
This weekend he returns to his iconic role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in “Top Gun: Maverick“.
Throughout his long and distinguished career, Cruise’s films have amassed $10 billion at the worldwide box office, but which film has grossed the most?
This is a list of Cruise’s most successful films at the domestic box office, adjusted for inflation, according to Comscore.
5. “The Firm”
Box office receipts: $158.3 million
Adjusted for inflation: $350.4 million
If you’re looking for a time when Tom Cruise was at the height of his stardom, it’s hard to argue with the early 1990s.
Cruise starred in “A Few Good Men” in 1992 and “Interview with a Vampire” in 1994. Smack in the middle of that run of blockbusters was one of his most profitable films, 1993’s “The Firm.”
The actor established himself as one of the most profitable performers in Hollywood by playing a young lawyer who joins a law firm with some criminal enterprises. “The Firm” may not be one of Cruise’s most memorable roles, but it is one of his most successful.
It probably helped that it was based on John Grisham’s bestseller.
4. “Mission: Impossible II”
Box office receipts: $215.4 million
Adjusted for inflation: $366 million
“Mission: Impossible II” came four years after the original, but it still made its mark.
John Woo’s film, in which spy extraordinaire Ethan Hunt, played by Cruise, goes after a bioweapon, has a different tone than its predecessor (lots of slow-motion action sequences, for example).
However, it found an audience that helped Cruise usher in another decade of box office dominance.
Despite being the second highest grossing installment in the series, it is the lowest rated film in the Mission: Impossible series: 57% on Rotten Tomatoesthe only bad score in the spy franchise.
3. “Mission: Impossible”
Year: nineteen ninety six
Box office receipts: $180.9 million
Adjusted for inflation: $375 million
The “Mission: Impossible” brand has defined Cruise’s career and helped keep him a movie star for the past 25 years. The series has also made a ton of money, with more than $3.5 billion across six movies at the worldwide box office. The next film in the series, “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” will hit theaters next year.
The original film, directed by Brian De Palma, is more of a cerebral espionage thriller than the subsequent ones where we ask ourselves, “My God, did Tom Cruise do that stunt?”, but it was still one of the biggest hits of 1996 and the Cruise’s career.
Box office receipts: $172.8 million
Adjusted for inflation: $385.1 million
Cruise has made a career as an action star, but his second-highest-grossing film is an award-winning drama.
“Rain Man,” in which Cruise plays the brother of an autistic man played by Dustin Hoffman, wasn’t a big hit but won multiple Academy Awards. Among them, the best actor for Hoffman, the best director for Barry Levinson and the best film.
Cruise, however, was not nominated for the film. In fact, Cruise has never won an Oscar.
1. “Top Gun”
Box office gross: $179.8 million
Adjusted for inflation: US$443.9 million
It’s no wonder Cruise’s most iconic role is in his highest-grossing film.
The film, in which Cruise plays a cocky pilot who competes to be the best in the Navy, took the 1986 box office crown and made Cruise the movie star we know today.
It also changed the movie industry by mixing exciting action sequences, an addictive ’80s soundtrack, and memorable characters played by up-and-coming stars.
Cruise will check again if the public follows feeling the need for speed with “Top Gun: Maverick” this weekend.