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Top Gun Maverick has surpassed the $1 billion (£810 million) barrier at the global box office, making it both Tom Cruise’s and the year’s most profitable movie.
The movie has maintained its global viewership for 31 days, surpassing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as the biggest prior earning.
According to Variety, Top Gun Maverick has surpassed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as the biggest grossing movie of 2022, with box office receipts of $1.006 billion (£813 million) after 31 days. The US, where the movie has made $522 million, is its biggest market, followed by the UK ($70 million) and Japan ($41 million).
In addition, Top Gun Maverick has easily surpassed Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing movie of 2018, the suspense thriller Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which brought in $792 million.
With revenue forecasts indicating that it would return to the No. 1 spot in its fifth week of release, ahead of the Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis, the movie has proven to be enduring in the US box office charts. However, Elvis ultimately came up on top, winning $31.1 million to Top Gun: Maverick’s $29.6 million. Top Gun: Maverick was previously dethroned by movies like Lightyear and Jurassic World Dominion but was able to surpass them while its competitors’ numbers dropped drastically over the past weeks.
Right-wing pundits assert that spectators are responding to the movie’s purportedly conservative and “anti-woke” themes. At the same time, Variety claims that “critical acclaim and fantastic word-of-mouth” are aiding the movie in reaching these numbers. However, Spider-Man: No Way Home, which was released in 2021 and with a global box office of $1.9bn, remains the biggest grossing movie since the Covid epidemic upheaval in the movie business.