Australian box office records: Top Gun Maverick wins Avengers: Endgame

Maverick easily took over the rogue military facility of an unnamed hostile nation, but now he has defeated a much more formidable foe: the Avengers.

Top Shooter: Maverick flew by Avengers: Endgame as Australia’s third highest-grossing film of all time. In the two months since the film’s release, it has grossed A$84.3 million at the local box office.

Title runner-up Star Wars: The Force Awakens of A$94.04 million is now in sight. The first place belongs Avatar and A$115.7 million, Top Shooter: Maverick may not be able to catch.

globally, Top Shooter: Maverick now stands at US$1.29 billion (AU$1.8 billion). This is Tom Cruise’s most successful film in his long career.

Only one other movie made more money during the pandemic era, and that was Spiderman: No Way Homewhich grossed US$1.89 billion (AU$2.69 billion). Maverick outsold No way home in Australia.

While Australian fees for Maverick make up less than 10 percent of the world’s huge feline film, Australian moviegoers have proven to be ardent fans of the action sequel.

Australia is the world’s fourth largest market for Top Shooter: Maverick, after the US and Canada (which are the same box office territory), the UK and Japan. But on a per capita basis, Australia overtakes these more populous countries in terms of money spent per view. Top Shooter: Maverick.

In other words, Australians love it to death.

The triumphant cinematic success of Tom Cruise, Top Shooter: Maverick is a sequel to the 1986 cult film starring Cruz, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan and Kelly McGillis. The original film was also a commercial success, grossing US$357 million (AU$508 million) at the time.

Only Cruz and Kilmer returned in the sequel. They were joined by young actors including Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro, Glen Powell and Jay Ellis.

The story brings the badass pilot Cruise, call sign Maverick, back to the naval academy to prepare a team of talented young pilots for a dangerous and near-impossible mission.

Still clashing head-on with naval superiors, including characters played by Jon Hamm and Ed Harris, Maverick is also grappling with his own obsolescence in a force that relies less on human skill and instinct and more on drone technology.

Top Shooter: Maverick stoked fan fervor with strong reviews and great word of mouth.

It was noted for its daring and action-packed aerial stunt scenes in which the actors filmed their scenes in the cockpit of real F18s flying through the air.

The film was directed by Joseph Kosinski and produced by Cruise, Jerry Bruckheimer, Christopher McQuarrie and David Ellison.

BUT Diversity the cast salary report showed that Cruise was the top shooter for many reasons, coming in first with an estimated salary of US$100 million (plus US$142 million) for his work on the film. Top Shooter: Maverick.

Cruise has a rare “first dollar gross” compensation package that pays him a percentage of the raw box office receipts rather than a profit-sharing deal.

Teller cryptically told in an interview Entertainment tonight that he talked to Cruz about a potential Top Shooter 3but said it “it all depends on Tom”.

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