‘Top Gun: Maverick’ grosses NT$453 million in Taiwanese cinemas

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) “Top Gun: Maverick”, the sequel to the classic 1986 Tom Cruise film, had grossed NT$453 million ($15.24 million) at the Taiwanese box office as of June 24, this making it the American actor‘s highest-grossing domestic film.

The film, which hit local theaters on May 25, topped Cruise’s record-breaking 2018 film “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” with NT$447 million, according to the film’s distributor on Saturday.

“Top Gun: Maverick” will also be released this week in IMAX and 4DX formats, according to VieShow Cinemas, one of Taiwan’s biggest movie theaters and also a movie distribution company.

According to IMDb’s Box Office Mojo, the 2022 action-drama movie has so far grossed over US$918 million worldwide since its worldwide debut in late May.

Ahead of its premiere, a trailer was released in 2019 with a scene showing Cruise donning the bomber jacket that his character, Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, wore in “Top Gun.”

In the 1986 original, the back of the jacket had a naval crest that displayed the flags of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Japan, intended to commemorate USS Galveston’s tour of duty with the 1963 7th Fleet to 1964 when he carried out missions. off Japan and Taiwan.

In the 2019 trailer, however, the ROC and Japan flags were replaced with other generic symbols.

According to foreign media at the time, the flags were removed by Hollywood to appease Chinese censors, and also because Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings was originally set to back the $170 million film.

However, the Wall Street Journal reported in late May that Tencent pulled out over concerns that supporting a film celebrating the US military would anger Beijing.

Both flags were later restored when the film was officially released in Taiwanese theaters on May 25.

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