Top Gun Maverick: Filmmaker Steven Spielberg Lauds Tom Cruise For ‘Reviving Hollywood’

| Updated: February 15, 2023 4:55 pm

The box office success of Top Gun Maverick, which saw Tom Cruise take the helm for the first time in thirty years, reached new heights. While several Hollywood A-listers gave the film’s production crew the credit for its success, legendary director Steven Spielberg added Tom Cruise to the list.

The actor received appreciation from the filmmaker for his most recent film’s ability to save the theatrical film industry. In Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” and “Minority Report,” the pair collaborated and rescued the Earth.

During the pandemic, many movies and the film industry were going through a severe financial crisis, but Top Gun Maverick revived the worldwide moviegoer craze and became a smash hit. The movie made roughly $1.5 billion at the global box office, making it Cruise’s highest-earning film to date.

During the year’s Oscar nominees luncheon, Steven Spielberg met Tom Cruise and credited him with saving “Hollywood” in a viral video. The director says, “You saved Hollywood and you might have saved theatrical distribution. Seriously, Top Gun: Maverick might have saved the entire theatrical industry.”

When receiving the video, modest Tom Cruise is seen nodding in agreement and grinning as he accepts the famed director’s comments. With their separate movies, The Fabelmans and Top Gun: Maverick, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise are pitted against one another rather than complementing one another. Jimmy Kimmel will serve as host of the 95th Academy Awards on March 12 and both films are up for Best Film.

Prior to the pandemic, the release of the Top Gun sequel had been slated for 2020, when it was first revealed that it was in development back in 2010. However, given how many viewers were interested in it, the filmmaker had the choice to grant OTT juggernauts streaming rights.

The team held off on releasing the film until two years after the outbreak, and it went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of all time. 

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