Tom Cruise has a long and extensive movie career with massive box office success.
Can you believe it is his 1986 movie Top Gun that has grossed the most in his career? (when adjusted for inflation) In 1986 the movie grossed $176 million.
When the movie opened in 1986 it made $8.1 million on 1,000 screens. Adjusted for inflation today that would be $21.6 million.
By week four word of mouth drove the movie and it never made less than $3 million in a weekend for the rest of the Summer.
In 1986 the movie opened the weekend before Memorial Weekend.