Tom Cruise plays Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in "Top Gun:...

Tom Cruise plays Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in "Top Gun: Maverick." Credit: Paramount Pictures

“Top Gun: Maverick” will take a victory lap in theaters this weekend with new behind-the-scenes content and promotional giveaways.

The special release of the Tom Cruise blockbuster is being touted as a “Fan Appreciation Weekend” that will run Friday through Sunday at participating theaters nationwide.

The sequel to the 1986 action-drama “Top Gun” features Cruise reprising his role as hotshot Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, this time training new recruits to fly a dangerous mission. Delayed nearly two years by the pandemic, “Top Gun: Maverick” premiered this past May and wowed audiences with highly physical action sequences that required actors to fly in actual Navy Super Hornets and operate their own cameras while in the air. The movie became the year’s big success story, racking up more than $1.35 billion worldwide — a record-breaking haul for its star.

The new screenings will come with behind-the-scenes footage of Cruise and the cast filming aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, according to Paramount Pictures. There will also be “Top Gun: Maverick” prints, designed by the U.K. artist Doaly, given free to fans while supplies last.

“We are excited about the Maverick fanfare starting this Friday … a small token of our appreciation for the remarkable support we have received from fans,” Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at Paramount Pictures, said in a statement.

For theaters and show times, and to purchase tickets, go to topgunmovie.com.

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