Tom Cruise promotes Top Gun: Maverick in Seoul, South Korea as hit film doesn’t have a China release


Tom Cruise promotes Top Gun: Maverick in Seoul, South Korea … as smash hit film doesn’t have a China release

Tom Cruise was front and center promoting Top Gun: Maverick in Seoul, South Korea Monday, as the film continues to set box office records.

The 59-year-old actor donned a dark navy blue polo shirt with black jeans and black boots in the appearance at Lotte Hotel Seoul.

The perennial A-lister, who returns to the role of Capt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the movie, donned a watch as he appeared with his collaborators in the smash hit summer blockbuster.

The latest: Tom Cruise, 59, was front and center promoting Top Gun: Maverick at Lotte Hotel Seoul in Seoul, South Korea Monday, as the film continues to set box office records

The latest: Tom Cruise, 59, was front and center promoting Top Gun: Maverick at Lotte Hotel Seoul in Seoul, South Korea Monday, as the film continues to set box office records

Among them included producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and costars Miles Teller, Jay Ellis, Glen Powell and Greg Tarzan Davis.

The movie has been a smash hit, as it garnered $44 million in box office totals domestically to bring its total up to $466.2 million; the film has made more than $885 million in international totals, according to Box Office Mojo, making for Cruise’s highest-earning film ever on a worldwide basis.

The film, directed by Joseph Kosinski, achieved the milestone for Cruise last week after surpassing the $800 million mark, as his previous top earner Mission: Impossible – Fallout made $791.1 million worldwide, Deadline reported Thursday, noting that it achieved the feat in a 21-day span.

The film is also the second-highest grossing movie in Paramount history, and the studio’s highest-grossing live-action film in 15 markets spanning the U.K., Australia, Brazil and France.

The A-list actor donned a dark navy blue polo shirt with black jeans and black boots in the appearance

The A-list actor donned a dark navy blue polo shirt with black jeans and black boots in the appearance

The summer blockbuster is Cruise¿s highest-earning film ever on a worldwide basis

The summer blockbuster is Cruise’s highest-earning film ever on a worldwide basis

The film achieved the milestone for Cruise last week after surpassing the $800 million mark, as his previous top earner Mission: Impossible ¿ Fallout made $791.1 million worldwide

The film achieved the milestone for Cruise last week after surpassing the $800 million mark, as his previous top earner Mission: Impossible – Fallout made $791.1 million worldwide

The motion picture has achieved huge financial success without releases in Russia or China. 

The trailer for the hit sequel, first released in 2019, depicted Cruise’s character in the bomber jacket he wore in the 1986 motion picture Top Gun, but the patches for Japan and the Republic of China (the official name of Taiwan) had been replaced by different emblems, CNBC reported. 

The display was initially scrutinized as self-censorship in an effort to appease Chinese censors, as Beijing views Taiwan as a part of its territory.

The display of a Taiwanese flag in Top Gun: Maverick could mark a sea change in how studios react to political implications from China.

(L-R) The film's Jay Ellis, Miles Teller, Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Glen Powell and Greg Tarzan Davis posed together in the promotional appearance

(L-R) The film’s Jay Ellis, Miles Teller, Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Glen Powell and Greg Tarzan Davis posed together in the promotional appearance 

Teller, 35, donned a black suit over a black T-shirt in the appearance

Teller, 35, donned a black suit over a black T-shirt in the appearance 

The surging star plays the role of Lt. Bradley 'Rooster' Bradshaw in the hit movie

The surging star plays the role of Lt. Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw in the hit movie 

‘There have been several recent instances of big-budget U.S. films not getting into the Chinese market,’ Hollywood Made in China author Aynne Kokas told CNBC. ‘Studios are aware of this and are making business decisions.

‘Particularly for a film like Top Gun: Maverick, a tribute to the U.S. military released in time for the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S., there is a clear incentive to play to the film’s most reliable audience constituencies and it appears to have paid off financially.’

Motion pictures including Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Eternals have not been released in China following comments from involved parties critical of China.

The actor has a number of high-profile projects in release, including the Netflix film Spiderhead and the Paramount+ series The Offer

The actor has a number of high-profile projects in release, including the Netflix film Spiderhead and the Paramount+ series The Offer  

Glen Powell, who plays Lt. Jake 'Hangman' Seresin in the movie, donned a black polo shirt and brown slacks with brown shoes

Glen Powell, who plays Lt. Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin in the movie, donned a black polo shirt and brown slacks with brown shoes 

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