Tom Cruise can turn the engines off and put his feet up as Top Gun: Maverick has officially become the most successful film of his career after reaching a huge milestone.
The Hollywood action star returned to screens in May with the release of the long-awaited Top Gun sequel, which came 36 years after the original.
It rocketed to immediate success with a stream of glowing reviews from critics and, once fans got to see the action for themselves, the rest was history.
Following another strong weekend at the box office, Maverick pocketed another $30.5million (£25m) to its overall sales, a feat virtually unheard of for a film in its fifth week of release. It’s currently tussling with Elvis, the biopic on late rock n roll legend Elvis Presley starring Tom Hanks and Austin Butler, but is doing a pretty good job of holding its own considering the new competition.
According to Variety, Maverick has now grossed $531m (£432m) in the US and Canada but has also become the highest-grossing film of the year worldwide.
Its latest spate of revenue has pushed the sequel’s total gross to $1.006billion (£818bn) – for context, 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home is the only other film to surpass the $1bn (£813bn) mark in the pandemic era.
Reacting to the success of Maverick, Paramount’s domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson in a statement: ‘I’m gratified we made this decision to hang on. This movie is going to have a huge run. It’s going to draw people to theaters who haven’t been in a long time.’
Aronson was referring to Maverick being pushed back from release in June 2020 due to the issues regarding cinema access during the pandemic.
Tom’s previously most successful film was 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which grossed a healthy $257m (£209m) but the margin between this blockbuster and Maverick is noticeably sizable.
Fans are now hoping for a Maverick sequel – a sequel to the sequel – but the cast have so far remained coy about the possibility.
Speaking to Metro at the London premiere, Tom skirted around the question and said: ‘I think tonight I’m just going to enjoy this evening, right here. It’s been 36 years since the last one and we’ve all worked so hard. It’s such a wonderful evening.
‘To finally have it open and see people, how much they’re enjoying it, and I don’t know… everything that everyone’s been through, to be able to look out and see everyone’s dressed to the nines… it’s a beautiful evening.’
Top Gun: Maverick is still available to watch in cinemas – watch it while you can!