Top Gun: Maverick Surpasses Black Panther as Fifth Highest-Grossing Film


“Top Gun: Maverick” surpassed $700 million in North America, becoming one of six films to surpass that milestone at the domestic box office.

The film returned to the top of the box office charts over Labor Day weekend, adding $7.9 million between Friday and Monday and lifting ticket sales to $701 million. According to Paramount, “Maverick” is the only film to ever be No. 1 at the national box office for the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays.

After 15 weeks of release, the sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 blockbuster has overtaken Marvel giant “Black Panther” ($700.4 million) as the fifth highest-grossing film in domestic box office history. . Impressively, the follow-up to “Top Gun” has long topped “Black Panther” internationally and globally. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s latest mission grossed $740 million overseas and $1.44 billion worldwide, while T’Challa’s superhero adventure raked in $674 million domestically. overseas and $1.347 billion worldwide.

“There is no doubt that ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is a true cultural touchstone embodying the power of the cinematic experience,” said Brian Robbins, President and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “As we celebrate this tremendous achievement and the film’s massive impact, we want to express our gratitude to Tom Cruise, our filmmakers and cast, Paramount’s marketing and distribution teams, and the legions of new and returning fans. longtime cast of “Top Gun” who continue to spin to enjoy this remarkable film.

In North America, the next highest-grossing film is ‘Avatar’ at $760 million (and its slated September re-release will push those earnings even higher), so ‘Top Gun: Maverick’s rapid rise up the charts of the box office seems to stop at No. 5 – at least, for now.

Globally, “Top Gun: Maverick” is the 12th biggest movie, but it’s fast approaching the 11th spot, which currently belongs to Disney’s “Frozen II” with $1.450 billion.

For the nation’s beleaguered theater owners, “Top Gun: Maverick” was the gift that keeps on giving. Unlike most of today’s blockbusters, which earn most of their revenue during opening weekend, the sequel to “Top Gun” has remained a strong box office draw throughout the season. ‘summer. It was in the top five on the domestic box office charts for 14 of its 15 weeks on release, a fact that underscores the film’s staying power as other tentpoles, like “Jurassic World Dominion” and “Thor : Love and Thunder”, came and went. in theatres. Plus, it’s still making money in theaters, even though the movie landed on home entertainment in late August.

For Hollywood executives, the unexpected success of the action-packed sequel from Paramount and Skydance signals that audiences young and old will venture to theaters for a movie that doesn’t involve superheroes, both that there is a compelling story to be told. (Of course, thrilling aerial footage, performed by the entertainment industry’s resident daredevil, doesn’t hurt.) Considering the 36 years that separated the original from Cruise’s return to the cockpit, the triumph of “Maverick” was far from a foregone conclusion.

“Top Gun: Maverick” has cemented numerous box office records since Memorial Day weekend, when the film set a holiday record with its $160.5 million debut. It also became Cruise’s first film to surpass $100 million in a single weekend, as well as his first to cross $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

Cruise is well rewarded for reviving the movie industry. By the time “Maverick” leaves theaters and ends up on Paramount Plus, the stunt extraordinaire is expected to pocket at least $100 million from ticket sales, his salary, home entertainment rentals and streaming revenue.

Joseph Kosinski directed ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, which focuses on the exploits of Cruise’s Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell as he prepares a new group of Airmen for a crucial strike mission and, in doing so, feels the need of speed. He is joined on screen by Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer.


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