By Shane McGinley
Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr and Johnny Depp battle for the top spot in Arabian Business countdown
Ask UAE movie fans who the biggest selling actor during the last 12 months was and most will be hard pushed to guess the man who helped bank the biggest bucks at the box office this year.
Tom Cruise may have scaled the Burj Khalifa for Mission Impossible 4 but he does not even make the top five. Robert Downey Jr played Iron Man for a third time and teamed up with Jude Law for a second outing as Sherlock Holmes but is still not the biggest acting name in the UAE this year.
Even Johnny Depp’s four outings as Captain Jack in Pirates of the Caribbean failed to land him the top spot and Harry Potter’s final curtain call did not help Daniel Radcliffe or Ralph Fiennes make it to the number one spot on the leaders’ board.
In fact, starring in The Avengers and Mission Impossible 4 helped this year’s number one zoom right ahead of the pack with a total take of US$12.8m at the UAE box office, compared to a total of $8.9m for the crowd-pleasing gent at number two.
“He is such a wonderful person to work with,” Tim Smythe, CEO of Filmworks Group, who helped bring Mission Impossible 4 to the emirate and produced the Dubai leg of the film, said of the actor in the number one spot.