Top Gun: Maverick is high in the air.
The 1986 hit film’s sequel, in which Tom Cruise returns the popular character of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, has earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The movie has garnered over $1 billion at the global box office, says Paramount.
The billion-dollar achievement for Tom Cruise is a first in his career and marks the second highest-grossing movie for Paramount, following 1997’s Titanic.
Additionally, Maverick reached the box office figures in an old-fashioned way – it broke records at its opening on Memorial Day weekend and has not stopped climbing since.
“It’s rare to get the special kind of alchemy that creates a true event film, and we have been absolutely blown away by the global response,” said the President and CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brian Robbins, in a statement.
Maverick has gathered a massive word of mouth, and viewers – mainly those more than 35 years old – have contributed to the traction for this film.
The film has now become the second highest-grossing movie of all time (to pass $1 billion), only behind Spiderman: No Way Home.
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“For any film to join the $1 billion club is a monumental achievement,” Comscor’s senior media analyst, Paul Dergarabedian, in an interview with CNN Business. “But Top Gun: Maverick hitting $1 billion during the pandemic is a bit different.”
He continued, “It was the perfect movie at the perfect time because it starred one of Hollywood’s last movie stars, in a movie that delivered on all fronts to all audiences around the world.”
Critics have given outpouring compliments for the film. The film, in which Maverick comes back to teach a new generation of pilots how to execute a nearly impossible mission, has an almost perfect score – at 97% – on Rotten Tomatoes, a review site.
Maverick earned over $520 million domestically and over $468 million worldwide. It is the 50th movie in history to garner over $1 billion at the worldwide box office – not including the inflation.
During the weekend, Maverick sat at the No. 2 rank at the domestic box office in its fifth weekend, earning $29.6 million.