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Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ shatters box office records


Tom Cruise Top Gun Maverick: With the launch of "Top Gun: Maverick" Tom Cruise has earned the biggest movie launch of his career. The movie is projected to collect $151 million at the box office during Memorial Day weekend.

Cruise’s movies had never seen a bigger opening since the release of "War of the Worlds" in 2005.

The Paramount film was delayed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, the movie was supposed to be released in July 2019. Despite so many delays, Cruise cleared it that "Top Gun: Maverick" would "never" make its theatrical debut on any streaming platform despite years of setbacks due to the pandemic.

The movie now holds the record for the 2nd best Memorial Day opening of all time after Johnny Depp’s "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End." Johnny’s movie earned $153 million on its release in 2007.

The movie is not released in China and Russia. Still, as per The Hollywood Reporter, global totals are expected to be more than $275 million.

"Top Gun" was off to a staggering start on Friday with earnings of $51.8 million. All movies of Tom Cruise have a track record of getting opening day collections of less than $60 million with "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" as an exception which had $61.2 million opening day collections.

Jerry Bruckheimer’s film received an A+ on CinemaScore ratings. More than 70% of the audience was over the age of 25 and 55% over the age of 35.

Steven Spielberg directed a sci-fiction movie that grossed $64.9 million during the three-day weekend.

Cruise and the "Top Gun" team were at the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival last week for the European premiere. The movie launch was just a spectacle that included 8 fighter jets flying high in the sky above the Palais with red, white, and blue smoke streaming behind to match exactly the colors of the French flag.

The 59-year-old actor attended Cannes for the first time in three decades. He walked along with his "Top Gun" co-stars, including Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, and Glen Powell. The last time he attended this event was in 1992 with his ex-wife Nicole Kidman.

Festival President Pierre Lescure also announced a surprise Palme d’Or award for Tom Cruise.

Tom Cruise first starred as Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in 1986. He played the role of a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.

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