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When Tom Cruise runs a lot, his films also seem to go the distance

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Aug 3, 2018

No need to scale a cliff to be more like Tom Cruise. Just grab that FitBit and start walking because according to an analysis of Cruise's movies the more he runs, the better-reviewed the film is and the more money it makes.

We all know Tom Cruise is totally willing to perform insane stunts for his films, but it turns out running is the real key to success. In celebration of Tom Cruise's latest film Mission: Impossible — Fallout, Rotten Tomatoes put together a new study with amazing results. They analyzed all of the films Cruise has been in over the past several decades, cross-referenced the Tomatometer score with how much money the films made, and came to an obvious conclusion: the more Tom Cruise runs in a film, the better it is. This is now an officially scientifically and mathematically proven statement. And can we just say, it's brilliant?

First, take a look at the films where Cruise doesn't get in his steps for the day (like Magnolia, Valkyrie). Maybe he just hangs out or maybe he's busy being romantic or something but in these films, the analysis found the average box office to be $153 million with a Tomatometer score of 63.5 percent on average. Not terrible, right?

When you look at the films where Cruise is seen running over 1,000 feet (like Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Mission Impossible III), the average box office is way higher at $538 million. Plus, the Tomatometer score is much higher too coming in at 71 percent.

Of course, there are always outliers. For instance, in The Mummy, Cruise runs a lot but the film only garnered a 15 percent Tomatometer score. Jack Reacher: Never Look Back also featured over 1,000 feet of running, but only made $171 million at the box office. However, the statistics overall still favor the idea that the more Tom Cruise runs, the better the film.

I guess the next test to conduct is whether any person who runs a lot is well-liked and richer or if this phenomenon only applies to Cruise.

(via Rotten Tomatoes)

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