Paramount and Skydance’s All-American Blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick still high at the box office, crossing the coveted $1 billion (over $1.4 billion) milestone this weekend.
It’s the first film of the year and only the second in times of COVID-19, after Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home by US$1.9 billion ($2.74 billion), to reach that benchmark.
It’s even more impressive that Independent thinking person reached the $1 billion mark without playing in China or Russia, two major markets.
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After just 31 days on the big screen, Top Gun: Maverick has become Tom Cruise‘s first film to exceed $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
Earlier, 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout ranked as the actor’s highest grossing film with US$791.1 million ($1.14 billion) worldwide.
Ahead of this weekend, the sequel to the 1986 action movie Top Gun was already the highest-grossing film of the year at the domestic box office with US$521 million ($751.2 million).
Now in its fifth weekend of release, Independent thinking person added US$30.5 million ($43.9 million) and is in an exciting race with newcomer Elvis for the number one spot on the domestic box office charts.
With an additional US$484.7 million ($698.9 million) at the international box office, revenue for Independent thinking person currently stand at a staggering US$1.006 billion ($1.45 billion) worldwide.
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Those ticket sales were enough to catch up with Disney’s Marvel adventure Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (US$943 million or $1.36 billion) as the highest-grossing film of the year at the worldwide box office.
Thanks to critical praise and great word of mouth, Top Gun: Maverick has smashed box office records since opening in theaters over the US Memorial Day weekend.
During the extended vacation, the film made US$160.5 million ($231.5 million), making it the first film in Cruise’s 40-year career to surpass US$100 million ($144 million) in a single weekend.
According to Paramount, repeat customers and Imax screens have fueled momentum in the weeks since its theatrical debut.
By the fourth weekend in North American theaters, 16 percent of the audience had returned more than once, and 4 percent had returned three or more times.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, budgeted at $170 million ($245 million) Top Gun: Maverick centers on Cruise’s character, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, as he trains a new group of cocky pilots for a crucial assignment.
The cast includes: Miles TellerGlenPowell, Jon Hamm† Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer, who played Iceman in the first Top Gun†
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For Paramount, the film extends a great box office streak in 2022.
After barely releasing any films during the pandemic, the studio has struck gold at the box office with Sonic the hedgehog 2 (US$190 million in North America, equivalent to AU$274 million), The Lost City (US$105 million in North America, equivalent to $151.4 million), scream ($81 million in North America, which equates to $116.8 million) and jackass forever ($57 million in North America, which equates to $82 million).
Notably, there is no Spandex superhero in the bunch.
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