Top Gun: Maverick overtakes Doctor Strange 2 by hitting $400 million

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“Top Gun: Maverick” zoomed past the previous records of $400 million at the domestic box office and now becomes the highest-grossing movie of the year in the U.S. 

It earned a whopping $401.8 million from its North American ticket sales and overtook “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ($398 million) to take the top spot. It ranks second to Spider-Man: No Way Home which crossed the $400 million mark during the pandemic times. 

But we’re only halfway into the year. To fight for its spot, “Top Gun: Maverick” is yet to compete with upcoming movies “Thor: Love and Thunder” (July 8), “Minions: The Rise of Gru” (July 1), and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Nov. 11).

“Top Gun: Maverick” has performed well internationally as well. It garnered $362 million, making the global total of the blockbuster hit movie $783.8 million. If you take pre-COVID standards into consideration, Maverick has performed exceptionally well and blown quite a lot of expectations.

With the rate at which cinema houses keep getting ‘Sold Out’ for “Top Gun Maverick,” industry analysts believe the film will surely cross $900 million and quite possibly even hit the $1 billion mark. 

Audiences have been thrilled about the Top Gun sequel for it seems to have done justice to the prequel to the point that they’re lining up to watch the movie more than once:

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So far, “Top Gun: Maverick” has already become Cruise’s highest-grossing film, in fact, it’s all set to become the actor’s biggest movie at the box office worldwide. Currently, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” which earned $791 million worldwide in 2018, is the actor’s highest-grossing blockbuster. 

Other huge movies in the actor’s career include: “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” ($695 million globally), “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” ($683 million globally), and “War of the Worlds” ($603 million globally).

Do you think “Top Gun: Maverick” has what it takes to cross the $1 billion mark? Let us know!

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“Top Gun: Maverick” was released on the Memorial Holiday and rewrote history by making its mark with $160.5 million within the first four days of its release. It’s the first movie in the actor’s career which surpassed $100 million in a single weekend. Given the actor had to learn how to fly an actual jet, we believe he deserves all the success he can get. 

A fan tweeted also how they appreciated Miles Teller’s performance in the movie:

A number of people were skeptical about Top Gun’s sequel, specifically after three decades. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer shared his thought process in an interview that they didn’t make a sequel on a whim, instead, they made it because there should’ve been a reason. 

“I wasn’t ready to make a sequel until we had a special story worthy of a sequel,” Bruckheimer explained. “And until technology evolved so we could delve deeper into the experience of a fighter pilot. The movie became something that changed a generation. So, this is exciting to come back and get in those jets again.”

After serving more than 30 years as one of the top Navy aviators within the country, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is once again back on his turf. He’s been tasked to train a bunch of misfit future pilots and get them ready for a specialized mission no one has ever seen the likes of. 

Along the journey, Maverick encounters Rooster, his late friend Goose’s son. With an uncertain future looming over their heads, will Maverick confront the ghosts of his past and fight his fears to ensure the mission takes place successfully or succumb to a sacrifice worthy of an aviator? The best way to get the answer is by watching this highest-grossing masterpiece as yet.

Lily Bart

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