How Did Dwayne Johnson Get One Over Tom Cruise Despite Losing Out on a Major Role in a $400 Million Franchise?

Published 12/19/2023, 1:00 AM EST

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While discussing the bigwigs of Hollywood, most of the moviegoers draw comparisons between Tom Cruise and, of course, Dwayne Johnson. Both are two of the biggest Hollywood stars in the world, and their grandeur is not hidden from the fans. It is their supreme stature as action icons that pave the way for conversation to ensue on their merits and roles.

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Amidst all this, Dwayne Johnson once revealed that he missed out on one of the iconic roles, which was later done by Tom Cruise. But despite missing the role of that $400 million franchise, how does ‘DJ’ stand a little ahead in comparison with the ‘Mission Impossible’ star? Let’s find out.

How is Dwayne Johnson one step ahead of Tom Cruise?

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‘DJ’ once revealed in a Facebook Q&A session with the fans that he wanted to play the role of Jack Reacher and was a huge fan of that franchise. Moreover, he said that it was during the pandemic that he missed out on that groundbreaking verdict. Now Tom Cruise is the representative of that franchise, but this did not emerge as a colossal setback for Dwayne Johnson.

One of his projects in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, was an X factor in his ascendancy. His tight leash in the realm of action cinema, particularly in the Fast & Furious franchise, proves why he is slightly ahead of Tom Cruise.

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As we know, Fast & Furious 7 is the highest-grossing movie in the franchise, having bagged a whopping $1.5 billion worldwide. Whereas, Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission Impossible Fallout’ is the highest-grosser of that series and gained $791 million worldwide. Nobody could deny that Fallout’s numbers weren’t big but they were less than Dwayne Johnson’s project. With this huge record, the WWE icon now stands one step ahead of Tom Cruise.

But how exactly does their net worth fare when pitted against each other?

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A comparison of net worth

Tom Cruise is surely one of the finest superstars in the Hollywood industry. Churning out so many hits that mostly relied on his jaw-dropping action sequences was an uphill climb for him, but he ignored the repercussions and performed them with utter ease. Moreover, he was also the highest-paid actor in 2022, thanks to his role in Top Gun Maverick.

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However, despite all these achievements, he is still behind Dwayne Johnson regarding net worth. The net worth of the WWE icon is $800 million, and Tom Cruise’s net worth comes up to a whopping $600 million. Nevertheless, the latter falls short of the former in their net worths. It is also possible that Johnson has some big cash cows that have helped him establish that huge empire.

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