Transcript for 'Top Gun: Maverick’ hopes to soar to box office success
- Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise's highly anticipated sequel getting rave reviews. And look there, a royal audience. Prince Will, Kate, they were at the London premiere with Tom Cruise. And this morning, Chris Connelly is there at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood where the movie will open. Good morning, Chris.
- Hey, good morning, Cecilia. Yeah, for 40 years, no one has packed more people into movie theaters like this one than Tom Cruise has. And now, thanks to the need for speed, he's fixing to do it again. 36 years since his groundbreaking flight, Maverick's engines are back on and clear for takeoff.
Tom Cruise and Top Gun: Maverick, the long awaited sequel to the 1986 blockbuster, Top Gun, soaring into theaters Memorial Day weekend after months of pandemic postponements with g-forces that are expected to shatter the box office.
- The critics are raving about Top Gun: Maverick. Sources are telling us that you're looking to maybe up to $100 million over that three-day weekend.
- Full throttle frenzy Thursday at the London premiere, the 59-year-old Cruise walking the red carpet with William and Kate. Earlier this week at the Cannes Film Festival, greeted first with a flyover and then a 5-minute standing O after the screening.
[MUSIC - KENNY LOGGINS, "DANGER ZONE"]
- (SINGING) Highway to the danger zone.
- Once more, Cruise need-for-speeding it to the danger zone, landing a helicopter at the world premiere in San Diego. Prevented from piloting an F-18, but doing much of his own flying in Top Gun: Maverick, his movements captured with six IMAX quality cockpit cams.
- You just can't create this kind of experience unless you shoot it live.
- Cruise was adamant that the film be experienced only on the big screen, refusing a streaming debut. A real life superhero of sorts determined to help save the theater industry after a rocky two years, even going undercover to see Christopher Nolan's Tenet in theaters in August 2020. Driven as always to thrill his audience in an era dominated by superheroes and CGI, maybe the last real movie star.
- The end is inevitable Maverick, your kind is headed for extinction.
- Maybe so, sir. But not today.
- Controversies? Plenty of those, yet fans still flock to Cruise's foot-to-the-floor intensity, his movies earning a total of more than $8 billion worldwide.
- He is the ultimate movie star. He is the guy for decades that we've gone to the theater for. This is the ultimate welcome home, welcome back to theaters.
- Top Gun won an Academy Award for best original song. And once this film's opening weekend is done, I predict the box office grosses will take my breath away.
[MUSIC - BERLIN, "TAKE MY BREATH AWAY"]
- Oh, sounds like Chris is still singing.
- You know, Chris, the had warned us that was going to happen, but I wasn't ready.
- I was gonna say, how much did Simone pay you to do that?
- Hey, Chris, I didn't notice the difference between that and when we played the real song. I thought it was fantastic. All right, Chris, thank you so much. We appreciate you as always.
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