‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Joins Billion-Dollar Box Office Club in a First for Tom Cruise

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Top Gun: Maverick has joined the billion-dollar club at the global box office. It’s the first Tom Cruise film to achieve the milestone, and the 50th Hollywood movie overall, not adjusted for inflation.

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Director Joseph Kosinski’s film passed the barrier after finishing Sunday with an estimated domestic total of $521.7 million and $484.7 million overseas for a global cume just north of $1 billion. (It’s been a good week for Kosinski. His latest film, Spiderhead, was the most watched movie on Netflix last week.)

On Monday, Tom Cruise tweeted, “to all the films in release, to all the studios, and to all the exhibitors: congratulations. To the audience: thank you for venturing out and allowing us to entertain you. See you at the movies.”

Added Kosinski separately, “This milestone is a testament to five years of collaboration with our incredible cast and crew, including the men and women of the US Navy. The enthusiasm from fans around the world has shown us there is no replacement for watching a movie in a packed theater. When I was 12, I sat in awe watching Top Gun, a film that defined the theatrical experience for me.”

Top Gun: Maverick enjoyed a boost in its fifth weekend thanks to being rereleased on select Imax and premium large-format screens. The sequel is only the second Hollywood title of the pandemic era to cross $1 billion behind Sony and Disney’s Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1.89 billion).

According to Paramount, more than 16 percent of Top Gun 2′s audience has seen the film more than once in theaters, while 4 percent has seen it four times or more.

Cruise’s previous biggest film worldwide was Mission: Impossible — Fallout, which grossed $791 million in 2018, not adjusted for inflation.

Top Gun: Maverick is also Paramount’s biggest live-action movie in 15 markets, including the U.K., Australia, France and Brazil, as well as the studio’s highest-grossing original release at the domestic box office behind Titanic.

In a press release, Paramount Pictures CEO Brian Robbins praised the filmmakers and cast, along with the studio’s marketing and distribution teams. “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 to Top Gun: Maverick,” he said.

The first Top Gun, released in 1986, earned $357.8 million at the worldwide box office, unadjusted.

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