Top Gun: Maverick Flies Nears $1.4 Billion Worldwide; Sinks Cameron’s ‘Titanic’

Top Gun: Maverick opened in theaters two months ago, but Tom Cruise’s blockbuster still hasn’t left the top of the US box office charts. Last weekend it was still in sixth place, and when Thor: Love & Thunder drops out of the top 5 this weekend, as it heads to streaming, there’s a good chance Maverick will climb back up the charts.


But it’s already sunk James Cameron’s blockbuster Titanic, at least domestically, earning a total of $662 million, exceeding both Titanic’s first theatrical run and its 3-D re-release. However, Titanic continues to lead internationally, earning $2.2 billion globally as well as when adjusted for inflation.




In its eleventh weekend, Top Gun: Maverick made $7 million and, for the first time, dropped out of the top five. Although, given the absence of notable releases this month, it’s anticipated to reappear on the list the following week. Perhaps its biggest competition is Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, which premieres on August 12 to mark its 40th anniversary, will be playing on the IMAX screens.


Maverick ($1.348 billion) has beaten Marvel’s Black Panther ($1.348 billion) in terms of global box office, and that too without being released in China or Russia or taking place during a pandemic. Although it could be difficult to surpass, Black Panther’s domestic total of $700 million is still within reach.


Only Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Avatar, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Avengers: Endgame, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936 million) are currently bigger films than Top Gun: Maverick in the United States. In the next few weeks, Top Gun: Maverick should surpass the $678 million gross of Avengers: Infinity War, and is likely set to end its theatrical run with at least $1.4 billion as of right now, with its global total standing at $1.35 billion.


Of course, Titanic celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and James Cameron, predictably, is gearing up to release it again next Valentine’s Day. Any chance it will rise above Top Gun 2?

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