“Top Gun: Maverick” took off in late May and hasn’t looked back. Tom Cruise’s latest outing is now the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office.
“Maverick,” the sequel to the 1986 hit “Top Gun,” grossed nearly $650 million in the United States alone, a feat only accomplished by a handful of other films.
Just last week, ‘Maverick’ overtook 2012’s ‘The Avengers’ to take possession of No. 9 on the list, and is within striking distance of overtaking No. 8 ‘Jurassic World’ and No. 7. up “Titanic,” according to box office data from Mojo.
The 10 highest-grossing films at the national box office
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.6M)
- Avengers: Endgame ($858.3 million)
- Spider-Man: No Homecoming ($804.7 million)
- Avatar ($760.5 million)
- Black Panther ($700.4 million)
- Avengers; Infinity War ($678.8 million)
- Titanic ($659.3 million)
- Jurassic World ($653.4 million)
- Top Gun: Maverick ($635.5M as of July 25, 2022)
- The Avengers ($623.3 million)
Despite blockbuster hits like the franchise-long “Mission: Impossible” and 2005’s “War of the Worlds,” “Top Gun: Maverick” is the first film in Tom Cruise’s 40-year career to gross over $1 billion worldwide.
Cruise, who has been a proponent of returning moviegoers to theaters and who recorded a thank you video that aired ahead of some “Maverick” screenings, last month thanked fans “for venturing out and allowing us to entertain you.”
Here Are Tom Cruise’s 10 Highest-Grossing Movies
- Top Gun: Maverick ($1.28 billion as of July 25, 2022)
- Mission: Impossible – Fallout ($791.6M)
- Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol ($694.7M)
- Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($682.7M)
- War of the Worlds ($603.8 million)
- Mission: Impossible II ($546.3M)
- Mission: Impossible ($457.6 million)
- The Last Samurai ($454.6 million)
- The Mummy ($409.2 million)
- Mission: Impossible III ($398.5 million)
The success of ‘Maverick’ took Hollywood by surprise
According to Jeff Bock, media analyst at Exhibitor Relations Co., there is a confluence of factors that have come together to fuel the rise of “Maverick.”
In addition to rave reviews and Cruise’s ability to draw a theatrical crowd, “Maverick” faced far fewer competitors than a traditional summer blockbuster.
“There just weren’t many products on the market,” says Bock. “Movies that have been well received, that have had good word of mouth, have really stuck around longer.”
The only competition ‘Maverick’ faced when it was released on May 27 was ‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’ which, with a $34 million earning in the past two months, failed to recoup its budget. .
One thing that has made “Maverick’s” box office performance stand out among industry pundits is its stable ticket sales compared to other major films. While most blockbusters see ticket sales drop by up to 60% between their first and second weeks, “Maverick” fell less than 30% and maintained its declines “in teens and 20s and 30s.” week to week, according to Bock.
“What Top Gun has done is hold that audience week after week, which we just haven’t seen in the era of blockbusters,” he says.
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