Top Gun: Maverick is the first starring film with Tom Cruise in the history of cinema, which marked an absolutely astonishing amount at the beginning.
We are talking, in this case, about more than 100 million dollars. Tom Cruise, whose career began in 1981 with Endless Love, is one of the most acclaimed international stars of all time. The iconic actor is the symbol of the Mission: Impossible franchise, in which he performed numerous stunts, and he also played important roles in independent projects such as Risky Business, Jerry Maguire and Born on the Fourth of July. These last two films also earned him two of the three Oscar nominations, the third being for the 1999 drama Magnolia.
Although the mega success of Cruise’s 1986 Top Gun, in which he played the role of the “Maverick” fighter pilot, was not meant to be a franchise starter, this weekend has changed that significantly.
Top Gun: Maverick ‘breaks the bargain’
Top Gun: Maverick appeared in theaters on May 27, 2022, after a delay of several years, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the closure of cinemas in early 2020.
The film continues the story of Maverick, who is called upon to train young pilots, including Rooster Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of Goose, from the original film, and who blames Maverick for his father’s death. The cast also includes Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Jake Picking, Jon Hamm, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Manny Jacinto and Val Kilmer, who returns as Iceman.
The original film, released in 1986, received a release of $ 8 million, which, adjusted for the inflation factor, amounts to approximately $ 21 million. He was number one on the opening weekend, fighting shoulder to shoulder with Cobra, a film in which we can see Sylvester Stallone from the same year.