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The More Tom Cruise Runs, The More Money He Makes

Could the key to Cruise's box office domination be his commitment to sprinting onscreen? One theory says yes.

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

This last weekend, Tom Cruise proved that despite the fact that he’s 56 years old, he remains one of the biggest movie stars in the world as his latest film, Mission: Impossible – Fallout made a whopping $61 million at the box office. Many have credited the movie’s success with Cruise’s willingness to do extremely dangerous stunts but according to a new theory, the key to Cruise’s box office dominance can be traced back to how much he runs in a movie.

For those who are not already aware, Cruise runs a lot in his movies, to the point where it has become a bit of a meme online over the last few years. So Rotten Tomatoes decided to go through Cruise’s filmography to see if his affinity for sprinting onscreen had any effect on a movie’s performance at the box office. According to Rotten Tomatoes’ findings, Cruise has run an astounding 24,000 feet in his acting career and it turns out, the more he runs, the more money a movie makes.

Rotten Tomatoes’ analysis showed that “movies featuring Cruise running more than 1,000 feet have a higher Tomatometer average (a huge 71 percent) than the movies in which he runs less than that, or not at all – and the same movies make more money at the box office, with an average inflated international gross of $538 million.”

Of course, the obvious explanation of this is that Cruise is far more likely to run in an action movie like Mission: Impossible than a drama or comedy and blockbuster action movies remain one of the more profitable genres of movies. However, that doesn’t explain why the movies also do better critically and it’s a lot more fun to believe that Cruise has some secret power where his movies are more successful the more he runs. Hopefully, this results in a movie that is entirely composed of Cruise running for two-and-a-half hours and ends up making a few billion dollars.