Top Gun: Maverick sets new record for Tom Cruise in Japan

Top Gun: Maverick overtakes The Last Samurai (2003) to become Cruise’s highest-grossing movie ever to premiere in Japan.

Top Gun: Maverick is the long-awaited sequel to 1986's Top Gun.

The Tom Cruise-led action adventure flick has enjoyed a highly successful theatrical run. With over $1.49 billion in box office earnings, it was the second highest-grossing film last year, just right after Avatar: The Way of Water, and set the record for the highest-grossing film of Tom Cruise's career. Now, a year after its debut, the Top Gun sequel is off making history again.

According to Deadline, the action-drama film is still showing in cinemas across Japan and has grossed $101.5 million over its impressive run.

With this figure, Top Gun: Maverick set the record for the highest-grossing film in the country for both Paramount Pictures and Tom Cruise. This is the latest in a line of records that include the biggest debut for a Cruise movie.

Top Gun: Maverick’s box office performance it as a force to be reckoned with at home and abroad as it grossed over $700 million each in both domestic and international markets.

Internationally, the film made the most money in the United Kingdom with $103.5 million. Japan comes a close second with $101.5 million. Other top international markets are Korea, Australia, and France with $67.5 million, $65.4 million, and $59.8 million respectively.

While the film’s performance is impressive, it is hardly a surprise especially since it was popular with critics. For instance, the film earned a 96% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Also, the American Film Institute named it one of the 10 best films of 2022 and it was nominated for numerous awards, including six Oscars.

Top Gun: Maverick sees Tom Cruise prepare a group of young Navy pilots for a highly dangerous mission.

Due to its rave success, many fans hope that the film will be renewed for another sequel. Unfortunately, this might not happen. According to Bruckheimer, Cruise is very busy these days and might not be able to spare time for another sequel.

Meanwhile, Cruise’s next project, Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, will arrive in theaters on July 12. Early test screenings of the film got positive reactions from the audience, which bodes well for its box office performance.

The film will see Cruise pull off what is being touted as the "Biggest Stunt in Cinema History," which sees him ride a bike off a cliff.

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