Lifetime Gross Total (13): $1,084,688,507Average: $83,437,577Opening Gross Average (6): $47,787,321 (Wide Releases Only)
I actually had him on the fence. His rise has been very advanced, first with critical hits in The Hurt Locker and The Town. And The Avengers, as a Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol have raised his profile with audiences. I did not put him up originally because I was waiting to see how The Bourne Legacy would perform because this is the first time he has headlined a movie.
Also, a comment was left about calling Tom Cruise a falling star. I am sorry for the confusion, but I do not believe that he is. I mentioned Hanks and Roberts as falling stars and I noted how Cruise and Sandler had disappointing weekends. But to be clear, I do not think that this will dramatically impact either men's careers. In Cruise's case, I think he took on a role that was different and wanted to attempted singing in a supporting role, even though all the adds made him look like the star. The movie's downfall, I believe, is poor story; who were we supposed to care about? Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol proved that Cruise is still capable of staying on top of the A-list. (can you believe he is almost 50?)
I think Sandler's problem was that the premise of his movie was a bit distasteful. Also he fares MUCH better outside of the R-Rated arena (again see boxofficemojo.com)