Research Shows Tom Cruise Films Are Better When He Runs More

The only person that runs more than Tom Cruise is The Flash - and even then he has his work cut out for him. Honestly, think about every Cruise movie you've ever watched and the likelihood is that you'll wonder why he's never taken Usain Bolt on in a 200m sprint.

Why are we talking about Cruise running? Well, apparently, the movies where the Mission: Impossible star is running are his better films. It's all in the maths - a simple science that can never be wrong, right?

Rotten Tomatoes looked into Cruise's career to find out how his movies have faired depending on the distance he has covered. Would you believe that he has run 24,000ft on screen? Bet you've never done that much in your entire life, let alone during those gruelling PE days in school.

The data from Rotten Tomatoes shows that "movies featuring Cruise running more than 1,000 feet have a higher Tomatometer average (a huge 71 percent) than the movies in which he runs less than that, or not at all - and the same movies make more money at the box office, with an average inflated international gross of $538 million (£410m)."

You might be asking how this could be more bizarre? Well, Rotten Tomatoes' valuable research found that the 56-year-old is running more now than he did when he was younger. Even when he's sleeping Cruise must be thinking that he's running.

Credit: Fox
Credit: Fox

So, how has Rotten Tomatoes reached its findings? Well, the site explained that it counted every one of his scenes where he's running - that must have been a painful task - and believe that he averaged a six-minute mile (or 14.6 feet per second).

Cruise travelled 212ft in 2006's Mission: Impossible III. To put that into perspective - and you certainly need it for this 'scientific' data - that reaches almost the same amount of feet (3,299) he covered over his 12 films from the 1980s.

Without further ado, here's Rotten Tomatoes's top 10 Cruise movies in terms of distance travelled:

  • Mission: Impossible III - 3,212 feet
  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - 3,066 feet
  • War of the Worlds - 1,752 feet
  • Minority Report - 1,562 feet
  • The Firm - 1,241 feet
  • Edge of Tomorrow - 1,065 feet
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - 1,051 feet
  • The Mummy - 1,022 feet
  • Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation - 1,007 feet
  • Vanilla Sky - 832 feet

Either way, you'll never again see Cruise in the same light.

Not seen enough of him running? Well, you'd better sprint your way down to your local cinema - like Cruise would - to see him run even more in Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

Words by Adnan Riaz

Featured Image Credit: PA / Paramount Pictures

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