Tom Cruise poses for the media during the 'Top Gun Maverick' UK premiere at a central London cinema, on Thursday, May 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Top Gun Maverick Surpasses $1bn in Earnings 

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Top Gun Maverick’s global box office earnings have surpassed $1 billion (£810 million), making it both Tom Cruise’s and the year’s most profitable movie.

The movie has retained its audience after 31 days and surpassed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as the highest-earning predecessor.

According to Variety, after 31 days of release, Top Gun: Maverick has earned $1.006 billion (£813 million) at the global movie office, surpassing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which had earned $947 million (£772 million) at the time. The US is by far the film’s greatest market, where it has made $522 million, followed by the UK ($70 million) and Japan ($41 million).

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The 2018 thriller Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which brought in $792 million, has been easily surpassed by Top Gun: Maverick as Cruise’s highest-grossing movie worldwide.

The movie has maintained a strong position in the US box office charts, and revenue forecasts indicated that it would surpass the Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis to reclaim the top spot in its fifth week of release. However, in the end, Elvis barely won, earning $31.1 million to Top Gun Maverick’s $29.6 million. Movies like Lightyear and Jurassic World Dominion had earlier pushed Top Gun Maverick down in the ratings, but it was able to hold onto its audience while its competitors’ numbers dropped.

While right-wing pundits assert that viewers are responding to the movie’s purportedly conservative and “anti-woke” themes, Variety claims that “critical acclaim and fantastic word-of-mouth” are helping the movie reach these numbers. However, it is far behind Spider-Man: No Way Home, which was released in 2021 and had a global box office of $1.9bn, as the greatest grossing movie since the disruption the Covid pandemic brought to the movie business.

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Anthony Carter

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