Skip to main content

Tom Cruise continues to make a name for himself as an action star with the Mission: Impossible films. Cruise’s presence in the franchise gives the Mission: Impossible series a boost few actors could provide. Which one of Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible movies made the most money? Read on for the answer.   

Tom Cruise | Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images
Tom Cruise | Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

What was Tom Cruise’s salary for the ‘Mission: Impossible’ movies?

Cruise made $70 million from the first Mission: Impossible film, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He earned $75 million from the second and third films and $70 million from the fourth film, Ghost Protocol. For Rogue Nation, Cruise reportedly earned $25 million up front. The actor made $28 million for Fallout reports Statistic Brain.

There’s one movie you won’t see Tom Cruise in any time soon

One place you won’t see Cruise anymore is in a Jack Reacher movie or television series. The film is being rebooted for television, but Cruise won’t be part of it. According to BBC, part of the reason is because the actor is lacking when it comes to height. Some readers complained Cruise wasn’t suited to play Reacher:

Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality,” said Lee Child, author of Reacher in an interview with BBC Radio. “I really enjoyed working with Cruise. He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun. But ultimately, the readers are right. The size of Reacher is really, really important, and it’s a big component of who he is. “The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you’re all a little nervous just for that first minute. So, what I’ve decided to do is—there won’t be any more movies with Tom Cruise. Instead we’re going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long form streaming television, with a completely new actor.

Which of Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission Impossible’ movies made the most money?

Tom Cruise at the premiere of 'The Mummy.'
Tom Cruise | Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Here’s how much each of Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible movies made, ranked from least to most:

6. Mission: Impossible III (Lifetime gross: $134,029,801)

5. Mission: Impossible (Lifetime gross: $180,981,856)

4. Mission: Impossible–Rogue Nation (Lifetime gross: $195,042,377)

3. Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol (Lifetime gross: $209,397,903)    

2. Mission: Impossible II (Lifetime gross: $215,409,889)  

1. Mission Impossible: Fallout (Lifetime gross: $220,159,104)

What’s next for Tom Cruise and the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series

Tom Cruise at the premiere of Rock of Ages in 2012
Tom Cruise | Stuart Wilson/Getty Images

Tom Cruise is gearing up for two more Mission: Impossible films. The actor is expected to appear in Mission Impossible 7 and 8. Paramount Pictures announced that M:I 7 will be in theatres on July 23, 2021, and M:I 8 will be released August 5, 2022, according to Variety. Director and Mission: Impossible writer Christopher McQuarrie (he is a co-writer for the movie Top Gun: Maverick) will return to direct the film.

Cruise is also working on completing Top Gun: Maverick, which is expected to be released in 2020. In this movie, Cruise reprises his role as Maverick from the 1986 film Top Gun. In the 80s film he plays a fighter pilot trying to secure the top pilot spot and win the heart of his flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood, played by actress Kelly McGillis. Cruise is also gearing up to star in the film Luna Park.

Read more: How Tall is Tom Cruise and How Much is He Worth?

Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!