Paris, 2022-06-27 15:32:48. Top Gun: Maverick becomes Tom Cruise’s first $1 billion movie
“Top Gun: Maverick” flew to new heights.
The sequel to the blockbuster 1986 film, in which Tom Cruise reprises the role of iconic Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, according to Paramount.
“Maverick” is the first film in Cruise’s 40-plus-year career to reach $1 billion — and it’s also the second highest-grossing movie in Paramount’s long history in terms of domestic characters, after only 1997’s Titanic.
On top of that, “Maverick” hit impressive box office numbers sort of the old fashioned way: It hit a record opening over Memorial Day weekend and hasn’t slowed down much since then.
“It’s rare to get the special kind of chemistry that creates a true event movie, and we have been amazed by the global response,” Brian Robbins, president and CEO of Paramount Pictures, said in a statement.
Maverick’s movie got a lot of word of mouth, and audiences – especially ticket buyers over the age of 35 – were drawn to the film. This is notable because this demographic has been somewhat reluctant to return to theaters since the start of the pandemic.
It’s also only the second film in the pandemic era to make $1 billion at the global box office, joining “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in December.
“It’s a huge achievement for any film to join the billion-dollar club,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscor, told CNN Business. But Top Gun: Maverick that made $1 billion during the pandemic is a little different.
“It was the perfect movie at the right time because it starred one of the last Hollywood movie stars, in a film that was delivered from all fronts to all audiences around the world,” he added.
Critics also garnered praise. The film, in which Maverick returns to teach a new group of pilots how to do an impossible task, scored a near-perfect score of 97% on review site Rotten Tomatoes.
To date, the Maverick division is over $520 million domestically and more than $468 million overseas. It’s the 50th movie in history to gross over $1 billion at the global box office, not accounting for inflation.
Over the weekend, Maverick’s film took second place at the domestic box office in its fifth weekend, grossing $29.6 million. #1 was the musical biopic “Elvis,” starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, which opened to $31.1 million in North America.
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