April 23, 2014

Tom Cruise’s ‘Knight and Day’: Beaten to a Pulp By Adam Sandler

By Roger Friedman

hollywoodnews.com: Tom Cruise had a bad Friday, the third day of release for “Knight and Day.” The film made $6.35 million, versus over $14.5 million for Adam Ssndler’s “Grown Ups.” The former film took three days to make a little less than what the latter did in one night.

Cruise was never a huge box office draw on his own. His biggest hits, “The Firm,” “Rain Man,” and “A Few Good Men,” were ensemble pieces with talented supporting casts and well thought out, well executed scripts.

Films like “Vanilla Sky” and “The Last Samurai” were not good, and not blockbusters. They averaged $100 million domestically, but cost a lot, too.

Cruise’s big films were always the franchise entries: the Mission Impossible series, the Bruckheimer films.”Eyes Wide Shut” was a financial disaster. Steven Spielberg batted .500 with him–”Minority Report” did about $135, “War of the Worlds” about $235 million.

In his long resume, only “Jerry Maguire” stands out as an artistic and commercial achievement with $152 million and a Cruise Oscar nom. It’s Cruise’s best film, hands down. His other Best Actor Oscar nomination was for “Born on the Fourth of July.” It brought in only took in $79 mil.

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About Roger Friedman

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411.com column in April after 10 years with Fox News where he helped create Foxnews.com. Friedman’s prior experience on the Internet is with MSN’s Cinemania column. Friedman also wrote the Intelligencer column as a contributing editor at "New York Magazine," where he covered the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. In addition, Friedman has been involved in book publishing and filmmaking (Only the Strong Survive). For more about Roger go to Showbiz411.com

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6 Comments

  • June 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    I’m so happy that Tom’s movie tanked. He is a conceited jerk. No surprise that Adam, Chris, and gang are beating him. Adam’s movies may not be Oscar worthy, but they always provide a satisfying break from day to day life. Tom should go to see Grown Ups…Lord knows that he needs to learn how to act like one.

  • June 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    long before the couch, the ‘glib’, the brooke shields, the scientology tape leak, cruise was losing his box office appeal; as his films in general were costing more, but bringing in less at the box office. cruise has had an amazing career. he was a top ten box office draw for 20 years! out of those 20 years he was number one 7 times which is more than any other star ever. for some reason the media (again in general) has decided that now is the time for his comeback and that This is the film to propel that comeback, but the public is in rejection of that notion. the media seems bent on shoving cruise down everyone’s throat and the public (in general) is merely regurgitating hollywood’s hard sell. cruise will continue to be a star. he will continue to have a career, but the truth is he just isn’t the star he once was. 20 years with 7 at number one that is an incredible run. just how big is the hole in cruise’s ego that he must continue to win or at least attempt to win the attention of the public? how much reaffirmation and ego stroking does he need? when will hollywood realize that their plastic, manufactured star/golden boy has run his course?

  • June 30, 2010 | Permalink |

    Unfortunately the fact that Adam Sandlers film came in at number 2 only shows how stupid the American movie-going audience really is. They would not know a good movie if it fell on them. I saw both movies and Knight and Day was GREAT. I loved it and will see it again. Just like all Adam Sandler’s movies, this latest one sucked. I remember the days when comediens actually had to be funny and when urinating in the water, breaking wind, talking dirty and being a jerk was not required to get a laugh from an audience.

  • July 5, 2010 | Permalink |

    I liked the film. And since when is 6 million dollars.. or whatever it made.. a faliure?? thats whats wrong with us, you try making 6 million dollars throughout your whole life.. good luck with that. :)

  • July 24, 2010 | Permalink |

    “The Last Samurai” wasn’t a blockbuster, really? it made $456,758,98, who cares if it wasn’t mostly domestic? money is money. minority report made 353,600,000, minority report made $591,745,528. the only movie that didn’t make it big aside from knight and day was lions for lambs which still made $63 million of a $35 million budget. Cruise has always been a money maker and no way is jerry maguire he’s best film, it was way too sappy.

  • July 24, 2010 | Permalink |

    woops, i meant War of the Worlds made $591,745,528

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