‘Top Gun 2’ Sets a New Record at the Box Office in Its Second Weekend, Grossing $85 Million, Making It Tom Cruise’s Greatest Film More than 30 years after the original “Top Gun”, the sequel is set to be this summer’s biggest movie. Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick” holds on to first place at the North American box office for a second consecutive weekend, with $85 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Paramount release has zoomed its way past some notables in recent weeks, including last week’s winner, “Wonder Woman.” The female-lead superhero film is now in fourth place with $38 million.
Neither “Wonder Woman” nor “Maverick” is expected to remain in the first place very long, however. Coming on the heels of a disappointing opening for “Avengers: Infinity War,” the May 26-released “Avengers” sequel is expected to finish second with $34.1 million and push past Cruise’s two previous big hits, “Mission: Impossible 2,” and its sequel.
The storyline of Top Gun: Maverick
The storyline of Top Gun: Maverick is based on the book “An Officer and a Gentleman” by Pat Conroy. Tom Cruise produces and stars as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, an expert Navy pilot who becomes an instructor at the Top Gun Academy. His co-pilot is Nick Bradshaw (Owen Wilson). In one scene, we see that Pete has a daughter with Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis), although their relationship does not seem to be going well.
The film’s technical advisor was Captain Craig “Snake” Jones, a former fighter pilot with over 2,500 carrier landings. Jones is portrayed by actor Jonelle Allen in a cameo role. Six months before the events of this film Charlize Theron was originally cast to play the role of Charlotte. Tom Cruise saw her on the set of The Devil’s Advocate (1997) and convinced director Tony Scott that she would be perfect for the part of his wife (which they did not portray in this picture).
Names of the characters in Top Gun: Maverick
- Tom Cruise as Capt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell
- Jennifer Connelly as Penny Benjamin
- Miles Teller as Lt. Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw
- Val Kilmer as Adm. Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky
- Bashir Salahuddin as Wo-1. Bernie ‘Hondo’ Coleman
- Jon Hamm as Adm. Beau ‘Cyclone’ Simpson
- Charles Parnell as Adm. Solomon ‘Warlock’ Bates
- Monica Barbaro as Lt. Natasha ‘Phoenix’ Trace
- Lewis Pullman as Lt. Robert ‘Bob’ Floyd
- Jay Ellis as Lt. Reuben ‘Payback’ Fitch
- Danny Ramirez as Lt. Mickey ‘Fanboy’ Garcia
- Glen Powell as Lt. Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin
- Jack Schumacher as Lt. Neil ‘Omaha’ Vikander
- Manny Jacinto as Lt. Billy ‘Fritz’ Avalone
- Kara Wang as Lt. Callie ‘Halo’ Bassett
- Greg Tarzan Davis as Lt. Javy ‘Coyote’ Machado
- Jake Picking as Lt. Brigham ‘Harvard’ Lennox
- Raymond Lee as Lt. Logan ‘Yale’ Lee
There in U. S., ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is on track to become Tom Cruise’s greatest film
With a whopping $450 million in ticket sales worldwide, it is also one of the seventeen films to earn more than $1 billion. The 54-year-old actor is now the sixth actor to have films that have crossed this threshold and he stands behind George Lucas, James Cameron, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and Harrison Ford. Cruise is also the youngest actor to achieve this feat as a leading man.
“Top Gun: Maverick”, which also stars Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly, is currently showing in cinemas worldwide.
In a recruitment pitch to Tom Cruise, the director of ‘Top Gun: Maverick photoshopped Miles Teller’s mustache
The role was ultimately given to Miles Teller, but the photoshopped image has caused a stir. For others who have chosen to shave their hair and be more recognizable on film, it is an auditioning strategy that has paid off in recent years. The article briefly discusses the Hollywood practice of photoshopping actors’ appearances, as well as some other strategies filmmakers use when approaching casting auditions.
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