Photo at theater


Photo by ©Paramount Pictures

JOPLIN, Mo. — The reviews are in! Top Gun: Maverick is a hit. According to IMDB $156 million (4-day) took the top spot among films at the box office.

Here are the 3-day weekend totals:

  1. Top Gun: Maverick $126,700,000 Paramount Pictures
  2. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness $15,855,000 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  3. The Bob’s Burgers Movie $12,435,000 20th Century Studios
  4. Downton Abbey: A New Era $5,750,000 Focus Features
  5. The Bad Guys $4,340,000 Universal Pictures

Top Gun Maverick comes 34 years after the original film.

In 1986, the military action-drama film “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis and released by Paramount Pictures. Image from the 2022 world premiere of the film “Top Gun Maverick” in New York.


👉🏽 Click Rotten Totmatoes screenshot, Top Gun Maverick.

What are local people saying about Top Gun Maverick?

I have never had so many friends and locals talking about a film!  Wow.


“Was a excellent movie TopGunMaverick.” — Mark West Journalist (Springfield/Joplin)

“For my generation, Top Gun was THE movie to see in 1986. It was one of the first movies my boyfriend Danny and I went to see together. Danny is no longer with us and I got very nostalgic thinking about him and all those years ago seeing the original Top Gun. TC (Tom) did not disappoint. I grinned throughout the movie…when I wasn’t tearing up. 😢. I remember thinking I could be a Navy female fighter pilot after seeing the original until I found out you had to have perfect vision in order to do so, which I did not have and still don’t. Bomber jackets became the style. The soundtrack was and still is epic. Everyone saying “I feel the need, I feel the need for speed!” Memories last a lifetime.👍🏼👍🏼” — Audra Miller (Joplin)

“It’s unanimous! Our whole family loved Top Gun Maverick ❤️❤️” — Rod-Amy Gannaway (Webb City)

“I watched the 6pm at the indoor theater. Then watched the 9pm at the drive inn. I think I liked it. 😉 Twice in one evening.” — Rodney Evans

“Finally got to go out for our anniversary tonight. Went to dinner and saw Top Gun Maverick. It was SO GOOD! Best movie I’ve seen in a very long time and ready to watch it again.” — Vickie Burke (Webb City)

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Screenshot of Circle Cinema post regarding special Tulsa actor Q&A. “Starting Mon 5/30, all screenings will include a recorded video Q&A with Jay Ellis, who plays “Payback” in the film. The Q&A video will start 15min before listed showtimes. Jay grew up in Tulsa while his father was serving in the Air Force. Jay went to Metro Christian Academy and Booker T. Washington, where he was a basketball standout. Jay will talk about growing up in Tulsa, what it was like on the Top Gun set, and how exciting it is for the movie to finally be released to great acclaim after so many delays.” Circle Cinema

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Shannon Becker was born and raised in Joplin and began in radio before graduating from Joplin Senior High in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University (1994). Before launching Joplin News First in 2017, he worked in television and radio, overlapping a career in the music industry. He worked with major music artists for 20 years, garnering gold and platinum records to his credit. He comes to KOAM 7 News Now-CBS/FOX (Morgan-Murphy Media) with more than 30 years in media and entertainment. He previously worked for KOAM. He has five children and two grandchildren.