“Top Gun: Maverick” soared past $400 million at the domestic box office, making it the highest-grossing movie of the year in the U.S.
With $401.8 million in North American ticket sales, Tom Cruise’s patriotic blockbuster has surpassed “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ($398 million) to claim the No. 1 spot. It’s only the second movie in pandemic times (“Spider-Man: No Way Home” was the first) to cross $400 million Stateside.
Of course, it’s only June, so “Maverick” will have to fight off “Thor: Love and Thunder” (July 8), “Minions: The Rise of Gru” (July 1) and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Nov. 11) to keep the domestic crown through 2022.
Internationally, the sequel to 1986’s “Top Gun” has earned $362 million, taking its global total to a massive $783.8 million. Even by pre-COVID standards, “Maverick” is smashing box office expectations. Since ticket sales have stayed strong in recent weeks, industry analysts believe the film will at least cross $900 million by the end of its theatrical run and could even surpass the coveted $1 billion mark.