‘Top Gun Maverick’ Is So Pro-America That China And Russia Won’t Even Air It
Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick tops the domestic box office. Giving the Hollywood superstar the biggest movie launch of his career by bringing in a projected $151 million during the movie’s opening weekend.
Tom Cruise just got his first $100 million opening weekend with “Top Gun: Maverick.” https://t.co/ESFNxeZUfx pic.twitter.com/EIBilvXntQ
— Newsmax (@newsmax) May 30, 2022
Perhaps more notably, the film is incredibly patriotic. So much so that a major Chinese firm backed out from investing in it.
The new Top Gun is simply pro-America, which is huge news considering most blockbusters nowadays get injected with unwanted wokeness. Not to mention trimmed and altered storylines that are meant to please China.
“Top Gun: Maverick” just posted the biggest opening movie weekend of Tom Cruise’s career. It’s a really good movie, but it also hit at the perfect time: the vast majority of Americans are absolutely desperate to celebrate our country.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) May 29, 2022
As the Wall Street Journal reported: “In an entertainment industry full of uncertainty, few movies seemed as sure a bet as a sequel to the 1986 classic ‘Top Gun.'”
“The Chinese tech firm Tencent Holdings Ltd. in 2019 signed on to co-finance the film, which the Shenzhen-based conglomerate hoped would yield a windfall at the box office,” the outlet continued. “Yet when “Top Gun: Maverick” hits theaters this weekend, it will do so without any financing from Tencent, and without any mention of the Chinese firm that had once boasted of its involvement in the film.”
WSJ continued: “The reason: Tencent executives backed out of the $170 million Paramount Pictures production after they grew concerned that Communist Party officials in Beijing would be angry about the company’s affiliation with a movie celebrating the American military, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Put simply, the film is so pro-America that China hasn’t even approved the release. Which is a major shift considering the film was originally sparked with controversy “particularly in conservative media” when it removed the Taiwanese flag from Maverick’s jacket.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, global totals for the fan-favorite are expected to exceed $275 million despite not playing in either China or Russia.
The secret of Top Gun: Maverick's huge success:
Even though it's set in 2022, it catapults us back to the mid-1980s, when we had a real President, men were men, and there was unabashed pride in America.
It's both nostalgia – and hope.
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) May 30, 2022
Hollywood has seen a noticeable shift away from anti-American programming in recent months. As new films and shows are distancing themselves from wokeness and left-wing politics that have proven to be incredibly unpopular.
Netflix has been one of the greatest examples, as the streaming giant has taken a “hardline stance” in a new “culture memo” against woke employees who publicly voiced grievances over the content they deemed “harmful.”
As a result, the company has pulled the plug on Ibram X. Kendi’s show, “Antiracist Baby,” amongst other titles. Including the feminist animated series from Meghan Markle.
All these changes in woke programming prove that Americans are voting with their wallets and it’s working. Now, Hollywood has been forced to react and change its tune. Relying less and less on China’s audience, money, and approvals when creating content for the US markets.
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