The highest-grossing movie of the year worldwide surpasses “Doctor Strange 2” as “Top Gun: Maverick” soars above $1 billion

“Top Gun: Maverick,” an all-American blockbuster from Paramount and Skydance, has surpassed the coveted $1 billion mark at the box office.


It is the first film of the year and the second in COVID history to do so (the first was Sony’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” with $1.9 billion). It’s even more impressive that “Maverick” hit the $1 billion mark without playing in China or Russia, two major markets.


“Top Gun: Maverick” is Tom Cruise’s first film to gross more than $1 billion globally in only 31 days in theatres. Prior to 2018, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” ($791.1 million worldwide) held the title as the actor’s most profitable movie.


The follow-up to the 1986 action film “Top Gun” had already made $521 million business domestically before this weekend, making it the year’s highest-grossing film. “Maverick” has made $30.5 million in its sixth weekend of release and is currently competing with “Elvis” for the top spot on the domestic box office charts.


The worldwide earnings for “Maverick” have reached an astounding $1.006 billion with an additional $484.7 million at the foreign box office. At the global box office, those ticket sales were sufficient to surpass Disney’s Marvel adventure “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ($943 million).

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange
Since “Top Gun: Maverick” first debuted in theatres during Memorial Day weekend, it has broken numerous box office records thanks to positive reviews and outstanding word-of-mouth. The movie made $160.5 million during the long weekend, making it the first in Cruise’s 40-year career to break $100 million in a single weekend.


In the weeks following its theatrical release, Paramount claims that return customers and Imax screens have fueled momentum. In North American movie theatres, by the fourth weekend, 16% of the audience had seen the film twice, and 4% had seen it three times or more.


The $170 million budgeted “Top Gun: Maverick,” directed by Joseph Kosinski, concentrates on Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell as he prepares a fresh crew of arrogant pilots for an important mission. Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, and Val Kilmer, who portrayed Iceman in the first “Top Gun,” are among the cast members.

The film continues Paramount’s successful 2022 box office run. The studio has had great success at the box office with “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” ($190 million in North America), “The Lost City” ($105 million in North America), “Scream” ($81 million in North America), and “Jackass Forever” ($57 million in North America) after barely releasing any movies during the pandemic. Notably, none of them are Spandex superheroes.


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