Still, there is Cruise who runs around as if the world hasn’t changed at all. For him, in many ways it wasn’t. He was 24 when “Top Gun” made him a box office revenue. He has basically stayed there ever since and lasted longer than his contemporaries. He is still the last global star to make a movie for a cinema. He hasn’t tried streaming. He has not signed up for the limited series. He hasn’t started his own tequila brand.
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Instead, the Top Gun: Maverick promotional tour, which opens on May 27, will last for nearly three weeks, stopping in Cannes for the annual film festival and continuing from Mexico City to Japan. In London, I walked on the red carpet with the Duchess of Cambridge. (If the Covid protocol didn’t make things that complicated, and he hadn’t completed the two “Mission Impossible” movies, the tour would be longer and more extensive.)
The actor is still commanding the first Dolgros. That is, in addition to a significant upfront fee, you will receive a percentage of the box office revenue from the moment the movie is shown in the theater. According to Box Office Mojo, supported by the fact that his 44 films brought $ 4.4 billion in box office revenue in the US and Canada alone, he was the last star to win such a lover’s deal in Hollywood. Is one of them. (Most of today’s stars are paid in advance and a bonus is paid when the movie reaches a certain amount of box office revenue.) Therefore, if his movie hits, Mr. Cruz makes money. And now Hollywood is in desperate need of a hit.
Since the pandemic closed the theater in 2020, spectators have begun to sneak up on the theater. Entertainment analyst David Gross said major Hollywood studios are expected to release about 108 movies in theaters this year, down 22% from 2019. Although still down about 40% this year, theater owners are optimistic that there is still audience demand in recent “Batman” and “Crazy Multifaceted Doctor Strange” performances. The question is whether the business is still working outside of superhero movies full of special effects.
“They no longer make movies like this,” said Brian Robbins, the new CEO of Paramount Pictures Studios, a studio that funded and produced the $ 170 million Top Gun: Maverick. He said in an interview. “This isn’t a big visual effects movie. Tom actually trained these actors so they could fly and play on a real F-18. Do what you did in this movie. It’s never been. It’s a movie with scale and scope, and it’s also a very moving movie. It’s not common in today’s big big event movies. “
The big box office revenue of “Top Gun: Maverick” will depend not a little on more than 40 spectators. They are the most affectionately reminiscent of the original “Top Gun” 36 years ago, and the ones most reluctant to return to the cinema.
To strengthen his commitment to the industry, Mr. Cruz sent a video message to theater operators at an annual conference in Las Vegas at the end of last month. Standing on an aerial biplane from South Africa’s “Mission Impossible” set, Mr. Cruz introduced his spy film and new footage from the first public screening of “Top Gun: Maverick.” “Let’s have a great summer,” he flew his biplane next to Mr. Cruz in front of the director, yelling “action,” and two planes were torn across the sky.