The original “Top Gun” wasn’t an instant success when it was released in 1986.
The action drama starring Tom Cruise as Maverick received mixed reviews and had decent but less than exceptional box office results. However, as the weeks and months passed, it became a cult classic and ultimately earned $357 million worldwide after being produced for just $15 million.
It would be too easy to say “Top Gun: Maverick” annihilated box office expectations during Memorial Day weekend in 2022 simply because of nostalgia. There seems to be more to it than that. Many reviewers are saying the sequel’s success is because of the pro-America messaging that’s been absent from most Hollywood blockbusters for years.
“Maverick” is devoid of virtue signaling. There are no trans fighter pilots, Top