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Tom Cruise Praises Theaters & Fans After Top Gun: Maverick Hits $1 Billion

Tom Cruise reacts to Top Gun: Maverick crossing $1 billion at the box office, praising theaters and thanking audiences for going to see the movie.

Tom Cruise praises theaters and thanks fans in response to Top Gun: Maverick crossing $1 billion at the global box office. Released more than 35 years after the original Top Gun, Joseph Kosinski’s Top Gun: Maverick sees the return of Cruise‘s hotshot pilot, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. The new film puts Maverick in a leadership role this time around, with the Naval aviator tasked with training a new batch of Top Gun recruits for a dangerous mission in enemy territory. Top Gun: Maverick has fared well with audiences and critics, with particular praise levied at the film’s thrilling sequences of aerial combat.


Several weeks ago, Top Gun: Maverick became the highest-grossing film of Cruise’s career, beating the likes of Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Yesterday, it was announced that Top Gun: Maverick officially crossed $1 billion at the box office, making it only the second movie to do so since Avengers: Endgame in 2019. The film has benefited from very positive word-of-mouth, which is reflected in the film’s stellar 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. In addition to Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick brings back Val Kilmer, also introducing characters played by Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Lewis Pullman, among others.

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In a new tweet, Cruise reacts to Top Gun: Maverick crossing $1 billion at the box office, praising studios and theaters while also thanking fans for going to the movies. Cruise also makes sure to thank the other movies that are currently playing in theaters, before signing off with, “See you at the movies.” Check out Cruise’s tweet below:

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Top Gun: Maverick was originally supposed to release in 2019, but was delayed to spring of 2020 so that several action scenes could be finalized. The film was then delayed several more times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision that is ultimately at least partially responsible for the film’s current box office success. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, by contrast, was released in the middle of 2020 during the height of the pandemic and vastly underperformed financially because, not only were many movie theaters closed, but many audiences also just didn’t feel comfortable going to the theater.

With both Spider-Man: No Way Home and Top Gun: Maverick having crossed the $1 billion mark, the future is looking bright for theatrically released movies and for Cruise himself, ever a fervent champion of the theatrical experience. With the Top Gun sequel still performing well in theaters around the world, it’s likely the next few weeks will see the film’s earnings grow even further, especially since there is currently firm date for when Top Gun: Maverick will go to streaming. Now that Top Gun: Maverick has crossed $1 billion, financial expectations continue to climb for Cruise’s next big blockbuster, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part I.

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