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Top Gun: Maverick hits $1B at the global box office and becomes highest-grossing film of the year

Top Gun: Maverick rises to over $1 billion at the global box office to become the highest-grossing film of Tom Cruise’s career

Tom Cruise’s highly anticipated film Top Gun: Maverick hit another impressive global box office milestone this weekend when it crossed the $1 billion mark.

In addition to becoming the 59-year-old Risky Business actor’s highest-grossing film of all time, the 1986 sequel to Top Gun became the first film of 2022 to hit that rare benchmark after just 31 days in theaters.

With those ticket sales, the film dethroned Marvel’s superhero film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($943 million) as the highest-grossing film of the year at the global box office.

Nicely done!  Tom Cruise's highly anticipated film Top Gun: Maverick hit another impressive global box office milestone this weekend as it crossed the $1 billion mark

Nicely done! Tom Cruise’s highly anticipated film Top Gun: Maverick hit another impressive global box office milestone this weekend as it crossed the $1 billion mark

It’s a particularly amazing feat, given that the COVID-19 pandemic effectively destroyed traditional box office numbers after nearly a quarter of all U.S. movie theaters closed for 15 months.

Spider-Man: No Way Home, which grossed more than $1.89 billion, is the only other film to hit $1 billion since the coronavirus.

Prior to this weekend, Paramount’s blockbuster was already the highest-grossing film of the year at the domestic box office, currently grossing $521 million and $484.7 million at the international box office.

Impressively, the 1986 sequel to Top Gun not only became the 59-year-old Risky Business actor's highest-grossing film of all time, but also became the first film of 2022 to hit that benchmark after just 31 days in theaters;  seen in 2022

Impressively, the 1986 sequel to Top Gun not only became the 59-year-old Risky Business actor’s highest-grossing film of all time, but also became the first film of 2022 to hit that benchmark after just 31 days in theaters; seen in 2022

Before Top Gun: Maverick Cruise became Cruise’s biggest hit, his movie Mission: Impossible – Fallout held the top spot in his extensive filmography for earning $257 million worldwide.

The film was originally set to release in June 2020, although Paramount decided to postpone the release until more fans can return, a move that has clearly paid off.

“I’m glad we made this decision to stick with it. This movie is going to get a huge run. It will draw people to theaters that haven’t been in a long time,” said Chris Aronson, Paramount’s head of domestic distribution, in a statement.

Amazing: With those ticket sales, the film dethroned Marvel's superhero film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($943 million) as the highest-grossing film of the year at the global box office

Amazing: With those ticket sales, the film dethroned Marvel’s superhero film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($943 million) as the highest-grossing film of the year at the global box office

Career milestone: Before Top Gun: Maverick became Cruise's biggest hit, his film Mission: Impossible ¿ Fallout took first place in his extensive filmography for earning $257 million worldwide

Milestone in his career: Before Top Gun: Maverick Cruise became Cruise’s biggest hit, his film Mission: Impossible – Fallout held the top spot in his extensive filmography for earning $257 million worldwide

Top Gun: Maverick, directed by Joseph Kosinski, is also the second highest-grossing film in Paramount history, and the studio’s highest-grossing live-action film in 15 markets in the UK, Australia, Brazil and France.

The film has achieved huge financial success with no releases in Russia or China.

The trailer for the hit sequel, which was first released in 2019, showed Cruise’s character in the bomber jacket he wore in the 1986 film Top Gun, but the patches for Japan and the Republic of China (Taiwan’s official name). ) were replaced by various decals, CNBC reported.

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