‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Makes History — Overtakes ‘Titanic’ As the 7th Highest Grossing Domestic Film
By David Rufful | Analyzing America
OPINION ENTERTAINMENT- “Top Gun: Maverick” has reached another milestone accomplishment at the domestic box office by overtaking “Titanic” and becoming the 7th highest grossing film domestically ever made.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ has surpassed ‘Titanic’ as the 7th highest-grossing film of all time domestically.
The film starring Tom Cruise has earned $662 million at the domestic box office. Globally, the film has earned $1.3 billion despite being banned in multiple countries with large populations, such as China and Russia.
Many people celebrated film as a breath of fresh air that is “woke-free” and unabashedly pro-America.
During the production of the film, a Chinese investor reportedly backed out of financing the film because of its pro-America message.
Nonetheless, Paramount Pictures did not let this impact production. The Chinese tech company Tencent Holdings Ltd. initially invested millions to take a 12.5 percent stake in the film, but then backed out.
The Wall Street Journal reported, “Tencent executives backed out of the $170 million Paramount Pictures production after they grew concerned that Communist Party officials in Beijing would be angry about the company’s affiliation with a movie celebrating the American military, according to people familiar with the matter.”
“Association with a pro-American story grew radioactive as relations between the U.S. and China devolved, the people added. The about-face turned ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ from a movie that once symbolized deepening ties between China and Hollywood into a fresh example of the broader tensions forming between the U.S. and China.”
The film is the biggest debut for a movie in actor Tom Cruise’s 40-year career. Without spoiling the movie, Tom Cruise wears a leather jacket with a patch that “commemorates a U.S. battleship’s tour of Japan, Taiwan, and the Western Pacific in 1963-1964.”
Audiences in Taiwan reportedly cheered seeing the patch.
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