The long delayed sequel to the 1986 classic has overtaken Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as 2022's highest-grosser
Endlessly delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and subjected to numerous cries of “who wants a sequel to Top Gun in this day and age?”, Top Gun: Maverick has made yet another landmark achievement to prove the naysayers wrong: it just crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. This means that Maverick now stands as the 46th highest-grossing movie of all time – a seminal achievement for a movie that, a few years ago, many had largely dismissed out of hand.
Yet few in the business have proven themselves as champions of the cinema-going experience as lead star Tom Cruise, whose dedication to bringing people into theatres – and delivering the goods in the process – remains unparalleled. In our four-star review of Maverick, we called the movie “an equal lament and celebration of the sort of pictures that are difficult to come by in the present day, where each aspect has been carefully fine-tuned to ensure maximum entertainment value.”
Not only does this news make Top: Gun Maverick the highest-grossing film of 2022 so far, surpassing the numbers done by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, this also makes the Joseph Kosinski-directed film the highest-grossing movie in Tom Cruise's four decade-long career. Considering Cruise's divisive relationship with movies-goers, the public turnaround feels genuinely inspired. And his long-standing belief that, done right, the theatrical experience has way more to offer than mere streaming, seems entirely proven by these box office results. Top Gun 3 when?
Top Gun: Maverick is now in UK cinemas. You can read our full review here.