Top Gun: Maverick Becomes Tom Cruise’s Highest Grossing Domestic Release Ever

Tom Cruise has always been seen as a bankable star, yet after forty years of blockbusters Top Gun: Maverick has managed to become the actor’s highest grossing domestic movie ever in just over a week. As well as pulling in the biggest ever Memorial Day weekend box office, and giving Cruise the best movie opening of his career, the film is now sitting at just under the $300 million mark and has blasted past Cruise’s previous highest box office, which was War of The Worlds at $234 million.

Top Gun: Maverick seemed like a movie that was destined to flop in one way or another as a very belated sequel to the original 80s movie, and also a film that just seemed like it was being pushed to release on streaming rather than in cinemas thanks to a two year delay thanks to the Covid pandemic. Along with Minions: Rise of Gru, Maverick is one of the longest delayed movies that was ready to go just before the pandemic hit, but it seems that absence has truly made the heart grow fonder and the film has surpassed all expectations in both reviews and box office figures.

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While it was never in contention to be the highest-grossing movie of the year before its release, Top Gun: Maverick has pulled in $390 million worldwide, and is soon to overtake Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and Uncharted to jump to fourth position in the list of the biggest films of the year. While there is still some distance between the movie and the top two movies The Batman and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the film could well find itself pushing towards those heights in the coming weeks, although it will soon face tough competition from Jurassic World: Dominion which has already seen a strong start in a small number of countries this weekend ahead of its worldwide release on June 10.

Top Gun: Maverick Delivers Everything It Promised and More

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Legacy sequels are big business at the moment, whether on the big screen or as part of the exclusive content being sought by streaming platforms like Netflix, HBO Max and Disney+. Top Gun: Maverick has managed to gain itself a reputation as possibly being the best legacy sequel ever made, with reviews that massively improve on those of its predecessor. While it is hard to pinpoint exactly what has set the film apart from other sequels that have sometimes failed to capture the magic of the original movie, it seems that the one off combination of story, action and just enough of a nostalgic kick, have given audiences and critics everything they hoped for.

Whether this will open the door for more Top Gun sequels is something that no one has ruled out yet, but after managing to avoid the pitfalls that many such follow-ups fall into, the real question is whether it is best to now go out soaring high, or risk bringing the legacy of the franchise crashing down by attempting to recapture the magic a third time.