Rotten Tomatoes Claims Tom Cruise Movies May Do Better The More He Runs—And They May Be Onto Something

Tom Cruise running is a Hollywood staple.

Don’t believe me? 

Everyone loves to watch Tom Cruise run on the big screen, but we didn’t know just how much of an impact his running has on his movies. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes may have uncovered some data that could change the game. It turns out the farther Cruise runs in his movies, the better the movie tends to be.

Movies with little running, like Lions for Lambs (27%) and Cocktail (5%), are some of the actor’s lowest-scored movies. 

Some of Cruise’s greatest runners, like Mission: Impossible III (70%) and Minority Report (91%), garnered rave reviews.

How were Cruise’s running distances calculated? Rotten Tomatoes explains:

We counted every instance of Cruise’s running on screen, in seconds, and then calculated the distances ran by assuming he is clocking a six-minute mile (14.6 feet per second).

Here are Tom Cruise’s most run-reliant movies:

1. Mission: Impossible III – 3,212 feet
2. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – 3,066 feet
3. War of the Worlds – 1,752 feet
4. Minority Report – 1,562 feet
5. The Firm – 1,241 feet
6. Edge of Tomorrow – 1,065 feet
7. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – 1,051 feet
8. The Mummy – 1,022 feet
9. Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation – 1,007 feet
10. Vanilla Sky – 832 feet

That’s a pretty good list (give or take a Vanilla Sky). Have Cruise’s agents picked up on this pattern?

There’s sure to be lots of running in this summer’s gift from above: Mission: Impossible – Fallout!

Tom, you’ve run yourself straight into our hearts.

H/T – Entertainment Weekly, Rotten Tomatoes