‘The Hobbit’ Crushes Tom Cruise at the Box Office: Is the Movie Star’s Career Fading?

Film 2012/12/24 20:00:00
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This weekend a little “Hobbit” from Middle Earth accomplished something that few before him have done. No, this has nothing to do with his “Unexpected Journey” to reclaim the Lonely Mountain. This is about the fact that he crushed one of Hollywood’s heavy hitters at the box office. While Bilbo Baggins had a $36.7 million take in his second week in theaters, Tom Cruise’s action flick “Jack Reacher” earned just $15.6 million.

Obviously the new Peter Jackson trilogy has a built in level of fanaticism after the success of this “Lord of the Rings” series. But there was time when Cruise couldn’t miss when he released a new flick. Of course, that was before the Oprah couch jumping incident, the high-profile endorsement of Scientology and the blindside he suffered in the Katie Holmes split. But all his personal issues aside, the bigger problem seems to be that the “Top Gun” star has made some less than stellar choices in recent years. Fans didn’t want to hear him sing bad ‘80s hair band songs in “Rock of Ages.” His return to the big screen with Cameron Diaz in “Knight and Day” was a disappointment. And his Hitler assassination movie “Valkyrie” was not a crowd pleaser.

Maybe “The Hobbit” was just too formidable a foe for “Jack Reacher” to take on. But the lackluster numbers could be a sign that Cruise’s career is in serious trouble. What do you think: Is the movie star’s career fading?

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  • Kigan 2012/12/24 23:39:41
    Based on "The Hobbit" crushing him? That movie is going to crush most of what enters the theaters while it is there.

    Not a fair or valid comparison.

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  • The Amazin' Guru of Chibis 2013/01/16 18:15:31
    The Amazin' Guru of Chibis
    I think so. He's know more these days for his personal eccentricities than for anything he does on screen. Too bad because he is a decent actor.
  • wolf_bunny 2013/01/16 16:36:28 (edited)
    He "jumped the shark " when he jumped on the couch :/ tom cruise jumping on couch
  • AnonRanGER 2013/01/16 12:13:26
    It's not because of the hobbit; it's because of Xenu the evil intergalactic overlord.
  • Eplaws 2013/01/08 17:22:27
    Really? Sodahead chose to compare The Hobbit next to a Tom Cruise movie? Any movie would have looked pitiful next to the release of The Hobbit. And Tom Cruise has been in some okay movies lately. So has Samuel L. Jackson and even Morgan Freeman; it's by no means the end of their acting...
  • JustMe 2013/01/08 04:28:00
    it just means more hobbit fans went to the movies
  • La 2013/01/08 03:39:36
    The Hobbit could crush anyone but I'd be happy if Cruise disappeared forever :)
  • Serenity Guru of lurve *wink* 2013/01/05 09:58:21
    Serenity  Guru of lurve *wink*
    Peter Jackson The Hobbits has long been waited for by all us Lord of the Ring fans.
    All 3 films were breath taking with choreagraphed fight scenes of the Orks and fantastic scenery. The fantasy of elves, dwarves and Hobbits and my favorite Golum . The fear of the Dark Riders and the dark heart of Sarumun portrayed by the fabulous Christopher Lee. I expect the Hobbits is going to be equally fantastic, can'wait to see it. Any film with any actor would of been beaten at the box office against this movie . Always loved Tom Cruise films since Risky Business but Eyes WideShut was very disappointing considering it was a Stanley Kubrick. But Magnolia, Vanilla Sky, Rainman ,Top gun and so many more all great films because he is a great actor . Rainman
  • anonymous anonymous 2013/01/04 03:44:33
    anonymous anonymous
    Not necessarily. The Hobbit was just planned to do well. Any fan of Tolkien had to go see it and there are enough nerds out there to make millions.
  • Garland Bennett 2013/01/03 15:27:13
    Garland Bennett
    It's not fair to base it on just one movie since we know that the Hobbit was going to crush anything no matter what. But yes, I can see a small slippery slope going down on Tom Cruise's career and it's not a good thing since he's been a favorite a mine and I personally love his movies and think that he's a swell guy. At least it's not going on a seriously bad slope as Kristen Steward's career is right now.
  • T 2013/01/01 19:54:23
    But not very quickly. I think it is a slow slope with a long way to fall. Unlike Kristen Stewart's career which I think will be steeper and with less room to fall.
  • Dave 007 2012/12/30 13:05:42
    Dave 007
    Just a year ago, didn't the Mission Impossable 4 make big bucks?
  • NYCbrit 2012/12/29 03:52:01
    I certainly hope so. LONG overdue...
  • Nichole 2012/12/29 02:11:29
    Thank god because I cannot stand him.
  • sol 2012/12/29 00:36:12
    Of course the Hobbit would crush him. I think that his next movie Oblivion looks pretty good
  • Tennessee3501 2012/12/28 05:25:43
    Tom who?
  • Sister Jean 2012/12/27 20:55:41
  • Robert 2012/12/27 16:48:08
    All careers have ups and downs. As as long as he stays busy he'll be OK.
  • Jim in SC 2012/12/27 16:38:47
    Jim in SC
    The Hobbit is too big a juggernaut to compete. I didn't even know Cruise had a movie coming out. Maybe it's a marketing problem.
  • MissAshley 2012/12/27 16:30:18
    I really hope so. I'm just so tired of him ever since he started acting crazy
  • Lady Salsa 2012/12/27 16:06:20
    Lady Salsa
    I haven't seen 'Jack Reacher,' but I did see the trailer when I was waiting for 'The Hobbit' to start. The movie just looked a bit meh, to be honest. I think Cruise is an alright actor, but this movie doesn't look to be doing him any favours.

    Any movie was going to have a tough time up against The Hobbit, though. Scientology has had more effect on his career than any movie flop could. If he ditched it, I think his career could recover.
  • Lanikai 2012/12/27 14:52:20
    But The Hobbitt is a beloved book enjoyed by all ages, both sexes, and The Cruise movie is geared towards men.

    Had they released it in summer, it would have crushed anything else. Summer is a better open for extremely violent movies, but Christmas is better for more neutral to family movies.
  • the fuze 2012/12/27 12:46:23
    the fuze
    How in the hell is anybody supposed to compete with The Hobbit?
  • MikeWon 2012/12/27 10:24:59
  • King of the woodland realm 2012/12/27 09:10:52
    King of the woodland realm
    Ok Tom cruise is Tom cruise... And The hobbit is The hobbit... So let it be.
  • MARIDOTS 2012/12/27 08:40:11
    just a different kind of movie.. Tom Cruise will always have his sex appeal and that smile..
    he doesn't fade out, he just gets better.
  • karen.nash.925 2012/12/27 08:36:57
    I'd have to agree that the two movies are hardly a legitimate comparison. I love Tolkein and all types of fantasy movies. That being said, I have enjoyed most of Tom Cruise's movies on a totally different level.... So, there have been some crappy fantasy movies and, then, Tom has had a few crap movies, as well. They all made more money than I'll ever see... lol 'Nuf said...
  • Miranda 2012/12/27 08:13:07
    I would have said so before I saw Rock of Ages but that just blew me away. I think the Hobbit was just such a hyped-up movie that anything that came out right now would be squashed!
  • AdWhois 2012/12/27 07:07:03
    Let see, a movie that's been talked about for 2 months, or a movie that's been talked about for a decade...

    A movie that's made for regular people or a movie that's made for a cult of nerds....

    A movie that was just released normally, or a movie that was released in 4 different formats, 3 with heightened ticket prices...

    MI4 did near $700,000,000 world wide, hardly a flop.

    What a stupid question this is.
  • cranejumper 2012/12/27 06:57:19
    Has been
  • ProudMom 2012/12/27 04:49:39
    Tom Cruise lost me as a fan after he left Nicole. I am not a Nicole Kidman fan so much as the way he left her and how he falls in and out of love like changing underwear. I give him credit for being a good father who provides and cares for his children, but I started to see how shallow he really is after his divorce from Nicole.
  • Avi Rosen 2012/12/27 04:16:59
    Avi Rosen
    Every Star eventually fades
  • MkB 2012/12/27 02:37:36 (edited)
    Who are the demographics? I'll stick up for Tom Cruise any day of the week to a computerized generated fantasy character.
  • Roxxi 2012/12/27 03:43:35
    I don't think that his career had much to do with the Hobbit. I've been anticipating the Hobbit for about a year, as have many people I know. The Hobbit would've killed any other movie that was released around the same time period
  • Magical 2012/12/27 02:26:11 (edited)
    I don't think so. The Hobbit is a Christmas movie and has quite a following, so the timing for Reacher was probably off. I haven't seen either movie, and have no plans to - but from those that have they have been less than enthusiastic for the Hobbit, with more positive reviews for Reacher. The 2 movies are such different venues its like comparing apples to oranges.
  • Pistol Pete 2012/12/27 03:31:40
    Pistol Pete
    His couch jumping, Scientology gimicks finally killed his career. Good. I never liked his Acting or any of his movies.
  • waterlady 2012/12/27 02:56:53
    the Hobbit stunk
  • jere.chievres 2012/12/27 02:14:25
    Lord I hope so!
  • Mark Twain 2012/12/27 00:47:18
    Mark Twain
    TOM WHO ?
  • Mrs.B 2012/12/27 00:35:59
    Tom Puke
  • nbarton2 2012/12/27 00:00:48
    The Hobbit was bound to get the bigger box office on this weekend

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