Top Gun: Maverick is the year’s biggest success story.Top Gun: Maverick has become Tom Cruise’s biggest earner at the worldwide box office, not adjusted for inflation. While Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and The Batman were always expected to do well at the box office, Maverick’s record-breaking performance was hardly a given, considering the first film’s iffy cultural significance, the nearly four-decade gap between the two installments, as well as star Tom Cruise’s box office pull outside the Mission: Impossible movies.
But four weeks into release, Maverick is the biggest hit of the year domestically, the biggest hit of Cruise’s career, and the second-biggest film in the history of Paramount. With over $473 million in the bank stateside, nearly $900 million worldwide, and a South Korea release around the corner, the film is guaranteed to hit the $1 billion mark worldwide – a first for Cruise’s long and storied career. For the first time in his four-decade career, Tom Cruise, 59, has a movie that has a shot at joining the billion-dollar club at the global box office.
The star’s previous top-earner globally was Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which made $791 million worldwide in 2018. Cruise has been focusing on franchise films in the last decade – the only outliers are Rock of Ages (which truly feels like it came out ages ago), Oblivion, and American Made. With two more Mission: Impossible films already dated for 2023 and 2024 releases, Cruise has set up a nice little late-period bout with himself.
The film has been buoyed by incredible word-of-mouth. Critics blessed the long-awaited sequel with a 96 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, while moviegoers awarded the film with a coveted A+ CinemaScore. They say the only reason it may not get to $1 billion is the absence of a China and Russia release. The film also stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Danny Ramirez, Monica Barbaro, Manny Jacinto, and Val Kilmer.