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Tom Cruise: Top Gun: Maverick smashes Australian box office records

Top Gun: Maverick BREAKS Australian box office records with $56.4M ticket sales – making it one of the highest grossing films ever

Top Gun: Maverick is well on its way to breaking Australian box office records.

The high-flying sequel, starring Tom Cruise, has far exceeded expectations by raising $56.4 million Down Under as of Tuesday.

It is already number 9 in Australian box office history for highest-grossing film, after overtaking The Avengers ($53.4 million) and Bohemian Rhapsody ($55.3 million).

Top Gun: Maverick is well on its way to breaking Australian box office records.  The high-flying sequel, starring Tom Cruise, has exceeded expectations, grossing $56.4 million as of Tuesday.

Top Gun: Maverick is well on its way to breaking Australian box office records. The high-flying sequel, starring Tom Cruise, has far exceeded expectations by raising $56.4 million as of Tuesday.

The top 10 highest-grossing films of all time in Australia are Titanic, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Avengers: Endgame.

#1 is James Cameron’s Avatar, which made $115.7 million in Australia in 2009.

The latest Top Gun film grossed $13.8 million during its opening weekend in Australia earlier this month.

The top 10 highest-grossing films of all time in Australia include Titanic (pictured), Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Endgame

The top 10 highest-grossing films of all time in Australia include Titanic (pictured), Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Endgame

Top Gun: Maverick has surpassed $900 million in ticket sales worldwide, Variety reports, despite not playing in China or Russia.

The theatrical release was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced cinemas around the world to close.

Cruise, 59, is back in action as Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the adrenaline-fuelled film, sharing the screen with Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller.

The story follows Maverick’s journey back to the US Navy as he trains young fighter pilots and shows them the tricks of the trade.

The film’s success comes after it was revealed that Cruise had to be convinced by director Joseph Kosinski before signing up for the sequel.

Top Gun: Maverick has surpassed $900 million in ticket sales worldwide, Variety reports, despite not playing in China or Russia

Top Gun: Maverick has surpassed $900 million in ticket sales worldwide, Variety reports, despite not playing in China or Russia

The film's success comes after it was revealed that Cruise had to be convinced by director Joseph Kosinski before signing up for the sequel.

The film’s success comes after it was revealed that Cruise had to be convinced by director Joseph Kosinski before signing up for the sequel.

While shooting the latest Mission: Impossible movie, Kosinski flew to Paris and threw the plot to Cruise in between lineups.

The filmmaker told Polygon, “I actually had 30 minutes to pitch this film, which I didn’t realize when we flew over.

“But when I got there, I found Tom really didn’t want to make another Top Gun.”

Kosinski added, “It’s one of those moments as a director, you have one on every movie, where you’re on the scene arguing why this movie needs to be made.”

Paramount, in addition to Kosinski and Cruise, wanted the film to focus on Maverick and aimed for a character-driven story rather than a generic action movie.

Some fans found it odd that Kelly McGillis’ character, Charlie, from the original movie wasn’t mentioned, but Jennifer Connelly is decently acting as the love interest.

Cruise, 59, returns to action as Captain Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in the adrenaline-fuelled film, sharing the screen with Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller (pictured)

Cruise, 59, returns to action as Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the adrenaline-fuelled film, sharing the screen with Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller (pictured)

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