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Top Gun: Maverick is one of only six films to ever break the $700 million mark at the domestic box office in North America.
Over the Labor Day weekend, the movie reclaimed the top spot at the box office, raking in $7.9 million more between Friday and Monday to reach $701 million in ticket sales. “Maverick” is the only movie that has ever topped the US box office for both the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays, according to Paramount.
The sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 hit has surpassed Marvel’s titanic “Black Panther” ($700.4 million) after 15 weeks of release to become the fifth-highest-grossing film in American box office history. Moreover, the “Top Gun” sequel has impressively outperformed “Black Panther” internationally and globally. The most recent mission of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell brought in $740 million abroad and $1.44 billion globally, while T’Challa’s super-heroic journey came to an end with $674 million abroad and $1.347 billion globally.
With “Avatar” earning $760 million in North America as the next highest-grossing film (with its anticipated September re-release pushing those grosses even higher), Top Gun: Maverick’s quick rise to the top of the box office charts appears to have peaked at No. 5 for the time being.
Top Gun: Maverick is now the 11th-highest-grossing film worldwide, but it is quickly moving up to the 11th spot, which is currently held by Disney’s “Frozen II” with $1.450 billion.
Top Gun: Maverick has been a gift that keeps on giving for the country’s struggling theater owners. The sequel to “Top Gun” has continued to be a strong box office draw over the whole summer, unlike today’s blockbusters, which generate most of their earnings during opening weekend. Because other tentpoles like “Jurassic World Dominion” and “Thor: Love and Thunder” came and went from theaters, the movie has remained in the top five on domestic box office charts for 14 of its 15 weeks of release. Additionally, despite the movie being released for home entertainment in late August, it is still profitable in theaters.
Hollywood officials believe that the surprising success of Paramount and Skydance’s action-packed sequel proves that moviegoers of all ages will visit theaters to see a film without superheroes as long as an engaging narrative is conveyed. (Of course, amazing aerial acts performed by the resident daredevil in the entertainment sector help.) However, given the 36-year gap between the original and Cruise’s return to the pilot’s seat, “Maverick’s” success wasn’t guaranteed.
Since Memorial Day weekend, when the movie broke a holiday record with a $160.5 million opening, Top Gun: Maverick has established a number of box office milestones. It was also Cruise’s first film to gross more than $100 million in a single weekend and to sell more than $1 billion in tickets globally.
Top Gun: Maverick continues to break records
As a result of revitalizing the movie theater business, Cruise is being fairly compensated. The master of stunts is anticipated to make at least $100 million from ticket sales, his pay, home entertainment rentals, and streaming money by the time “Maverick” leaves cinemas and airs on Paramount Plus.
Top Gun: Maverick, which Joseph Kosinski directed, centers on the exploits of Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell as he trains a new set of pilots for an important attack mission and develops a craving for speed in the process. Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, and Val Kilmer can be seen with him on screen.