‘Top Gun should be a safe place for man-tears’: Thousands of men admit crying over Tom Cruise sequel


It has earned Hollywood legend Tom Cruise his first ever $100 million opening weekend.

And now it seems Top Gun: Maverick has brought grown men to tears, with many sharing stories of hearing ‘sobbing’ in the theatre on social media.

The movie reboots the characters a 1986 classic and appears to have struck a chord with older men with its traditional male values and ‘bromance’ storyline. 

It focuses on the relationship between Cruise’s Maverick and the son of his dead best friend Goose alongside spectacular aerial action scenes.

Glen Powell, who stars in the movie, has also taken to Twitter to declare the flick should be a ‘safe place for man-tears’. 

Top Gun: Maverick has brought grown men to tears, with many sharing stories of hearing ‘sobbing’ in the theatre on social media

Glen Powell, who stars in the movie, has also taken to Twitter to declare the flick should be a 'safe place for man-tears'

Glen Powell, who stars in the movie, has also taken to Twitter to declare the flick should be a ‘safe place for man-tears’

He was replying to a post from a user which read: ‘Top Gun: Maverick; shout out to the guy next to me who’s girlfriend made fun of him for crying at the end.’

A flurry of cinemagoers rushed to the comments to share similar experiences and offer a virtual shoulder to cry on.

One responded: ‘I saw it Thursday. There was an older gentleman in front of us who was wiping his eyes a few times.’

A flurry of cinemagoers rushed to the comments to share similar experiences and offer a virtual shoulder to cry on

A flurry of cinemagoers rushed to the comments to share similar experiences and offer a virtual shoulder to cry on

Another replied: ‘I cried FIVE times. It’s dudes and dads season.’ 

‘The dadTM next to me was flat out sobbing and I will say I teared up multiple times and I’m not a crier at all,’ a user added.

Elsewhere comedian Steven Castillo tweeted: ‘My least favorite part of Top Gun: Maverick was when my girlfriend loudly said ‘are you crying?’ and a bunch of people started looking at me.’

One reply said: ‘I respectfully asked when it was over, fully knowing he cried. Twice. Let it out, boys. It’s ok.’ 

Another reassured: ‘Don’t worry dude there was s lot of pollen in the theatres. My eyes were running half the movie. Outside was fine though.’ 

Others also took to social media to share it wasn’t only fathers and men who shed a tear at the action movie.

Others also took to social media to share it wasn't only fathers and men who shed a tear at the action movie

Others also took to social media to share it wasn’t only fathers and men who shed a tear at the action movie

One post read: ‘I took my kids and they were watching me tearing up and then after told me about all the big men & women around them tearing up. It hits you in the feels. It was fantastic.’

It comes as it has been revealed the 80s hit reboot has now broken a 15-year-old box office record.

The early estimates for Top Gun: Maverick had put it easily in first place with $151 million, though now Monday’s updated numbers put the US’s four-day holiday weekend tally at $156 million, via Variety.

It comes as it has been revealed the 80s hit reboot has now broken a 15-year-old box office record

It comes as it has been revealed the 80s hit reboot has now broken a 15-year-old box office record

The new numbers were big enough to best Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which opened to $153 million during the long weekend in 2007.

According to CNBC, the movie raked up $248 million internationally. 

Top Gun: Maverick – which follows Tom Cruise as he returns to reprise his character Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell from the 1986 classic Top Gun –  already set another record over the weekend.

New record: Just a day after it was revealed that Top Gun: Maverick earned star Tom Cruise's first ever $100 million opening weekend, the updated numbers revealed it has now broken a 15-year-old box office record

New record: Just a day after it was revealed that Top Gun: Maverick earned star Tom Cruise’s first ever $100 million opening weekend, the updated numbers revealed it has now broken a 15-year-old box office record

The film opened in 4,732 North American theaters over the holiday frame, the widest release in cinematic history, besting the 2019 remake of The Lion King (4,725 theatres).

It also marks the second-highest debut of 2022, behind Marvel’s Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which took in $187.4 million on the first weekend of May.

The long-awaited sequel also marked a personal best for Tom Cruise, giving the action icon his first $100 million movie in his storied 40-year career.

The $156-million tally was more than enough to best the 59-year-old actor’s previous best opening weekend – War of the Worlds’ $64 million back in 2005. 

The film from director Joseph Kosinski – who worked with Cruise in the 2013 film Oblivion – also took in $128 million from foreign markets, for a worldwide opening weekend tally of $248 million from a huge $170 million budget.

The film earned $21 million from IMAX theatres alone, boasting rave reviews with 96% on critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Older: It was also revealed that over 55% of ticket buyers for Top Gun: Maverick were 35 years of age or older

Older: It was also revealed that over 55% of ticket buyers for Top Gun: Maverick were 35 years of age or older

Along with the critical reception, fans also chimed in giving the sequel an incredibly rare A+ grade on CinemaScore.

It was also revealed that over 55% of ticket buyers for Top Gun: Maverick were 35 years of age or older.

The film was originally supposed to be released in June 2020, though Paramount decided to hold off on the release until more fans are able to return.

‘I’m gratified we made this decision to hang on. This movie is going to have a huge run. It’s going to draw people to theaters who haven’t been in a long time,’ said Paramount’s domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson.



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