Indeed, Paramount was lucky that "War of the Worlds," Cruise’s most recent film prior to 'M:I3,' was his biggest ever. "War" did $234 million in the end, absolutely the best ever for a Cruise project. Yet most $100 million Cruise films were made — with the exception of the mystifying "Vanilla Sky" — elsewhere. "Collateral" was Dreamworks, "Minority Report" came from 20th Century Fox, "The Last Samurai" was Warner Bros., "Eyes Wide Shut" — a huge disaster — was also from Warner’s. "Jerry Maguire," still Cruise’s best film in a decade, was at Columbia Pictures.The movies he did produce for Paramount (other than MI and that Spielberg collaboration? The Others, Ask The Dust, Elizabethtown and Narc.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Was Tom Cruise Important To Paramount?
Roger Friedman of Fox News makes a good point: except for the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, most of Tom Cruise's movies over the past decade have been for other studios.