The sixth-highest grossing film in American box office history is now 2022’s Top Gun: Maverick, which has just surpassed Avengers: Infinity War, and the box office figures, according to Variety, tells the story.
It’s an especially impressive benchmark because 2018’s every-hero-but-the-kitchen-sink adventure “Avengers: Infinity War” had a little help in building up anticipation. It served as part one (2019’s “Endgame” was part two) of Marvel’s epic culmination of more than 20 movies — most of which were box office juggernauts in their own right — over 10 years. Talk about hype.
With $679 million in North American ticket sales, Top Gun: Maverick climbed past Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War ($678 million) and moved into the sixth spot in domestic box office history.
The Tom Cruise-led sequel must now surpass $700 million if it is to pass Black Panther and move up to No. 5; Variety notes that this is not entirely impossible given the lack of significant competition it will face until the November release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, though Disney may decide to rerelease the 2018 film in anticipation of part two which would allow it to collect a few more bucks which would extend its lead.
Here’s the new Top Ten films according to The Numbers
|1||2015||Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens||Walt Disney||$936,662,225||$1,127,953,592||$2,064,615,817|
|2||2019||Avengers: Endgame||Walt Disney||$858,373,000||$1,939,427,564||$2,797,800,564|
|3||2021||Spider-Man: No Way Home||Sony Pict…||$804,793,477||$1,081,688,244||$1,886,481,721|
|5||2018||Black Panther||Walt Disney||$700,059,566||$636,434,755||$1,336,494,321|
|6||2022||Top Gun: Maverick||Paramount…||$679,074,834||$700,287,611||$1,379,362,445|
|7||2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Walt Disney||$678,815,482||$1,369,544,272||$2,048,359,754|
|10||2012||The Avengers||Walt Disney||$623,357,910||$891,742,301||$1,515,100,211|
Tom Cruise is expected to make at least $100 million from ticket sales, his salary, and his ultimate share of home entertainment rental and streaming earnings by the time Maverick leaves theaters and debuts on Paramount+. The movie made history back in June when it became the first 2022 release to earn $1 billion and the first Tom Cruise-starring movie to accomplish so.