The sequel to Top Gun: Maverick by Joseph Kosinski is a historic achievement, bringing desperately needed life back to the unpredictable movie market and earning famous directors, such as Quentin Tarantino, rave reviews.
We no longer have to ask, “Will Top Gun: Maverick be a hit? The real question now is, “How big will it be once the dust has settled?” This weekend’s Top Gun sequel broke James Cameron’s Titanic’s record as the highest-grossing domestic release in Paramount Studio’s history.
Taking down Titanic on any level makes headlines when you go up against the box-office juggernaut. Consequently, when Top Gun: Maverick topped $662 million in domestic ticket sales, it was Paramount’s highest-grossing release ever. Make sure you don’t weep too much for James Cameron.
Globally, Titanic is still outperforming Top Gun: Maverick by a wide margin, with $2.2 billion in total ticket sales compared to Tom Cruise’s roughly $1.3 billion in earnings since it opened. Following its rerelease in China, Avatar continues to top the box office after beating Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame.
Even though inflation and the increase in ticket prices have been taking their toll on movie tickets lately, it’s still a big deal when a film earns the distinction of “highest grossing release in studio history.” Since Spider-Man: No Way Home opened in December, it has become Sony Pictures Entertainment’s highest-grossing release, and if another Sony release comes close, we’ll be surprised.
It’s even more impressive that Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick is topping the box office figures without the help of China and Russia, two countries that used to support Hollywood blockbusters heavily but have fallen out of favor in recent years. The movie even modified Maverick’s wardrobe to please Chinese authorities, but it has yet to secure a release date in this still-coveted market.
Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is the next movie to challenge Top Gun: Maverick at the domestic box office. A sequel to that movie could upset some box office cages when Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens in November. For updates on that movie, and all the Marvel movies coming to theaters for years to come, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.
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