Tom Cruise film almost overtakes Titanic

Top Gun: Maverick has continued the resurgence of cinema-going and is already on the verge of overtaking titanic and Star Wars: The Last Jedi inside the top 10 at the Australian box office.

Now at number nine in the all-time Australian box office: Tom Cruise at the UK Premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in London.Credit:Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images

In just 25 days, the long-delayed sequel to Top Gun has taken a stunning $56.4 million. Now expected to double initial cinema industry projections that it would take $30 million, it is closing in on the top five at the all-time box office.

Director Joseph Kosinski’s movie has become the second biggest hit since cinemas reopened earlier in the pandemic, behind only Spider-Man: No Way Homewhich has taken $81.1 million since opening just before Christmas.

Data from Numero, which compiles box office figures, shows that maverick returned to top position on the Australian chart on the weekend, taking $6.9 million, after being briefly surpassed when Jurassic World: Dominion opened the previous weekend.

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While it was heavily promoted, its success reflects positive reviews and excellent “word of mouth” – the industry term for recommendations to friends and family.

The movie, which has Tom Cruise’s Maverick training a new generation of fighter pilots for a high-risk mission, has already reached number nine in Australian box office history after overtaking The Avengers ($53.5 million) and Bohemian Rhapsody ($55.4 million).

It has been credited with drawing back both older viewers who are fans of the original Top Gun and those who only go to cinemas rarely.

Overall, maverick has taken $US887 million ($1.27 billion) and is expected to break $1 billion despite not being released in China.

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