Maverick Defeats Thanos: Top Gun Sequel 6th Biggest US Film in History


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
4 2009 Avatar 20th Cent… $760,507,625 $2,085,391,916 $2,845,899,541
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
8 1997 Titanic Paramount… $659,363,944 $1,548,622,601 $2,207,986,545
9 2015 Jurassic World Universal $652,306,625 $1,017,673,342 $1,669,979,967
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.

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