Tom Cruise’s Led Flight Training Made Top Gun: Maverick a Box Office Hit!

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No one can stop Tom Cruise from performing some of the riskiest action stunts in the name of cinema. We’ve often compared Tom Cruise to Jackie Chan’s action and stunts because he understands the basic concepts that can bring magical effects to the picture. 

Tom Cruise’s recent film ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ was shot on location in Hawaii. All of the actors who played pilots in the film had to learn how to fly a real jet before they could hit the big screen.

Tom Cruise wrote the flight instruction manual himself, but aerial coordinator Kevin LaRosa Jr. was in charge of putting it into action with the actors. Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro, and Glen Powell worked with Tom Cruise on the film. Aerial coordinator Kevin LaRosa Jr. helped put together the aerial footage for the actors. Miles Teller is a skilled stunt pilot and has hundreds of hours under his belt.

LaRosa said the following about the training process while confirming Monica Barbaro as the finest of the bunch.

“They began with the Cessna 172 and taught them the fundamentals of flight. They were able to experience what it was like to take off, land, and know where to look and get their hands on during flying training. This was somehow similar to what the general public might witness at an airshow, where jets perform insane maneuvers. It has the ability to draw up to eight g forces. It was a thrilling experience.”

“That to me is almost like muscle memory. If I don’t fly for a long time, I might go up and get sick. But if I fly every day and pull those Gs, it’s almost like brain muscle and you’re going to get used to it, and get better.” He adds, “We built them up to the point where they were mainly not getting sick. Monica absolutely killed it, and did a good job of adjusting to the physiological effects of everything.”


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 Top Gun: Maverick had a record-breaking opening weekend, grossing $134 million from a total of 4,732 North American theaters. The all-American action-adventure from Paramount and Skydance is anticipated to gross $151 million through Monday. It may set a new high-water mark for opening weekends over Memorial Day weekend.

The holiday record is now held by Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” which debuted with $153 million over the long weekend in 2017. That’s a testament to dazzling reviews, a healthy dose of nostalgia, and Cruise’s return to the cockpit as pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who does actual aerial stunts.

Top Gun: Maverick has grossed a total of $248 million worldwide. The film isn’t playing in major markets like China and Russia. Top Gun sequel to 1986’s Top Gun scored $124 million at the box office in its first week of release.

Top Gun: Maverick is Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing domestic premiere. The first film to cross $100 million on opening weekend in his 40-year career. War of the Worlds, which debuted at $64 million in 2005, was previously Cruise’s most successful opening weekend.

It’s also one of the best pandemic-era openers. After “Spider-Man: No Way Home” ($260 million), “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ($187 million) is a close second behind “The Batman” ($134 million).

Despite the delay, the Top Gun sequel was set to premiere in the summer of 2020 until COVID 19 disrupted those plans, and Cruise was insistent that Maverick not follow in the footsteps of other straight-to-streaming movies. The two-year wait has already begun to pay off as the picture has received joyful reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 97 percent approval rating and a rare A+ CinemaScore.

Tom Cruise’s Top Gun could become his biggest grossing film ever, and possibly his best by a wide margin. We are crossing our fingers that this happens because the new Top Gun film is genuinely great. This is the ideal summer blockbuster for fans of action/thriller genres. Tom Cruise’s fans are so exciting to watch and those who had experienced the movie started sharing their views on social media. 


We all know that Tom Cruise may have pulled off some of his most daring actions during his career convincing people to go to the movies for something other than superheroes. He had performed various stunts in his previous movies like holding his breath, high-speed helicopter chase, knife to the eye, climbing burj khalifa, hanging from the outside of a plane, and various other stunts in the Mission Impossible franchise. 

Tom Cruise is the quintessential Hollywood daredevil. He’s known for pulling off dangerous, high-risk stunts on his own. Each of his films is watched by fans with a habit to expect some courageous and crazy stunts from the actor.

Joshua Garner

Joshua calls himself nerd+geek who is also passionate about football. He enjoys comics, animes, and science fiction. He finds his comfort in writing about suspense, thrillers and science fiction shows and movies.

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