Tom Hanks has been subjected to several big hits throughout his career. Besides being commercially successful, most of his movies also boast critical acclaim and worldwide appreciation from audiences. While he is considered a cultural icon, celebrities like Tom Cruise and Will Smith have also enjoyed several box-office hits. Interestingly, the three actors competed for a special box office record that showed their star power in attracting audiences to the theaters.
Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and Will Smith are some of the prime names in Hollywood. All of them are known for their wide range of works in different fields of acting. While Tom Cruise is known for his extraordinary feats in action, Hanks belongs to a different school of acting. But in the late 1990s and early 2000s, they were leading contenders for the title of most consecutive $100 million movies.
Tom Hanks along with Tom Cruise and Will Smith dominated the box office
There was a time when the three stars dominated the box office. With movies like Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, and Apollo 13 among a series of blockbusters collecting more than $100 million domestically, Tom Hanks was an unbeatable entity.
Similarly, Tom Cruise and Will Smith also aced the box office with movies like Top Gun, Rain Man, Vanilla Sky, Independence Day, and The Pursuit of Happyness, all of which collected more than $100 million domestically. However, a long-running tie was finally broken when Smith’s Hancock maintained the streak of earning more than $100 million.
Although Will Smith continued the streak, Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks also delivered a massive number of hits throughout their career that crossed $100 million. They are some of the selected stars who have been a part of at least a dozen projects that crossed the $100 million mark repeatedly. Other names on the list are Morgan Freeman, Eddie Murphy, Harrison Ford, and Samuel L. Jackson.
What does Tom Hanks’ box office performance look like?
Even though Tom Hanks’ acting credits have more than 100 movies to date, he has been reportedly seen in around 48 projects in a leading role. The 67-year-old actor made his debut with 1980’s He Knows You’re Alone. Following that, he has been seen in a number of projects in several roles such as voice actor, narrator, and supporting cast.
In Tom Hanks’ career, there have been a total of 31 movies that have collected more than $100 million in their lifetime. His greatest feat yet has been in Toy Story 4 where he reprised his voice role of Woody. The 2019 movie collected more than $1 billion including a domestic collection of more than $400 million.
Tom Hanks also headlined earlier this year, when his A Man Called Otto crossed the $100 million mark at the box office. It was quite a surprise for the audience who didn’t expect such a different kind of adult-focused movie would achieve such a record at the box office. This is evident in the fact that the magic of Tom Hanks still persists among movie lovers.
Source: The Numbers