It took only 31 days of traditional theatrical release for Top Gun: Mavericka sequel to Paramount Pictures and Skydance, joined the billionth club, a group that comprises just 50 feature films in all.

During the weekend just concluded, the film of Joseph Kosinski y Tom Cruise, reached and exceeded $1 billion accumulated in the global box officewith $521.7 million at the domestic box office, and $484.7 million at the international box office, for a global total of $1,006 million:

  • Cruise’s first film to amass $1 billion at the global box office.
  • First film of 2022 to gross $1 billion at the global box office.
  • Second film in times of pandemic to achieve it.

What is even more spectacular is that all the feats at the box office have been achieved without having been released in China –the largest film market–, and in Russia.

Its best international markets are, United Kingdom ($78.7 million), Japan ($51.1 million), Australia $45.5 million), France ($38.8 million), Germany ($23.4 million), Brazil ($17.9 million), Taiwan ($16.3 million), Japan ( $12.9 million), Mexico ($12.8 million), Saudi Arabia ($12.6 million), and Hong Kong ($10.8 million).

To collect, the achievements of Maverick they include: it became the highest-grossing film of its leading man’s career in the United States; in the highest grossing film of 2022 also in the US; the highest-grossing Cruise film of all time at the global box office (beating the previous record holder, Mission: Impossible – Fallout); the best fourth weekend at the domestic box office of all time; with its release in late May, it managed to be the highest-grossing opening of all time in Cruise’s career; and the highest-grossing domestic opening on Memorial Day weekend – the first new record in 15 years.

Enormous work by the marketing and distribution team (and by Cruise himself who has promoted the film in key markets), Top Gun: Maverick it’s an absolute hit.

The sequel maintains a 97% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with 422 critics posted, and a 99% approval rating from the audience with more than 25,000 verified reviews on the specialized site.


The feature film picks up its plot 30 years after the events of the original installment, with Pete “Maverick” Mitchell now working in the United States Navy’s prestigious Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program, which he attended in Top Gun. In the sequel, Maverick is forced to navigate the increasingly complex world of drone warfare while mentoring a new generation of Navy pilots.

After more than 30 years of service as one of the Navy’s finest aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a fearless test pilot and dodging the rank advancement that would put him in Earth.

When he finds himself training a detachment of TOPGUN graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick meets Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Air Force Officer. radar intercept, Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.”

Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to pilot it.”

Kosinski directs from the script of Eric Warren Singer, Honor Krugery Christopher McQuarriewith a history of Peter Craig y Justin Marks (The Jungle Book).

Harold Faltermeyercomposer of the original film’s soundtrack, is back for the sequel, working on the original soundtrack alongside Hans Zimmer y Lady Gaga.


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