After 40 years in the movie industry, Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise has landed himself the highest-ever film opening of his career.
Top Gun: Maverick is the sequel to Cruise’s 1986 hit movie Top Gun and was beset by several delays after it was originally meant to be released in 2019.
At the international box office, the film took flight with US$124 million, all the more impressive a sum noting the movie isn’t playing in key territories China and Russia.
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In total, Top Gun: Maverick has grossed $248 million worldwide.
Locally, the sequel has performed well – landing at No.1 of the Australian box office on its opening weekend with a total four-day box office gross of AU$13.8million and AU$15.1million including previews.
The movie marks the biggest opening weekend for a Tom Cruise film in Australia, ahead of War of The Worlds (AU$6.65million) and Mission Impossible II (AU$6.4million).
The results also make Top Gun: Maverick the biggest opening for a Paramount Pictures Australia film.
Experts had predicted the film would succeed with the US Memorial weekend helping push the film over the edge. It also didn’t help that the initial reviews for the film were stellar.
The film’s Metacritic score currently sits at 78. BBC, Empire, The Telegraph, Collider, and Uproxx, all gave it the perfect score.
It’s currently 96 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes with a 99 per cent audience score.