Nicolas Cage has made a lot of successful action movies, but he's also made a bunch of clunkers that were in and out of the theaters before you knew they were there (his Bad Lieutenant movie, for example, didn't even earn back Cage's salary). Same for Denzel Washington; his The Great Debaters earned only one-fifth of its cost. The surprise for me is Tom Cruise. His last two movies both lost money (Valkyrie and Knight and Day), but he's back in another big-budget Mission Impossible movie opening next month.