The Hollywood veteran is selling less tickets now but his recent films are every bit as watchable.

He’s turned 60 on July 9 but retirement isn’t in his cards.

Tom Hanks remains profilic as Hollywood’s leading man. The two-time Academy Award-winning actor is starring in 3 films this year alone, from comedy-drama A Hologram for the King (now showing) to biographical film Sully (upcoming) and mystery thriller Inferno, the third Dan Brown novel to hit the big screen.

While Hanks remains a respectable actor, he’s no longer the box office draw he once was.

All figures are worldwide box office takings, except A Hologram For The King, which applies only to North America.

The early 1990s saw the California-born actor on a steady ascent. He achieved his personal best in 1994 with Forrest Gump, which topped the North American box office that year and grossed US$678 million worldwide (see graph above).

He continued to bask in box office glory in the late 1990s with the likes of Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Cast Away (2000). But he’s not been able to scale new heights until he starred in The Da Vinci Code (2006) as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, and reprised his role as cowboy doll Woody in Toy Story 3 (2010). The Da Vinci Code was based on a bestselling fiction by Dan Brown which had sparked a fervent global interest in alternate religious history. Toy Story 3, the third of the well-loved Pixar trilogy, won on nostalgia and raked in over US$1 billion globally that year.

Tom Hanks in Captain Philips, where he starred as a captain whose ship got attacked by pirates.

But his films that followed, from Larry Crowne (2011), Cloud Atlas (2012) to Captain Philips (2013), were all mediocre performers when it came to box office takings. Even the critically-acclaimed Bridge of Spies (2015) was overshadowed by Avengers and other movie franchises.

Worse still, it’s clear by now that his most recent film, A Hologram for the King (2016), is 1 of the biggest commercial flops in his long, illustrious career. The comedy drama grossed only US$4 million in North America against a US$30 million budget. It’s a shame that many movie-goers are giving it a miss because Hanks is every bit as likeable and convincing as the unflappable businessman and anxiety-ridden father in this film.

But even if this trend persists, Hanks will still go down in history as 1 of the highest-grossing and most admired actors. Still, we hope more viewers would care enough to vote for first-rate acting with their wallets.

Wondering if you should watch A Hologram for the King? Take a look at the trailer below!