Top Gun: Maverick has blasted its way past Tom Cruise’s other films to become the actor’s highest-grossing film ever.
Cruise, as one of Hollywood’s top names, has starred in a number of successful films throughout the course of his career, from Rain Man to Jerry Maguire, Jack Reacher to Mission: Impossible.
However, one of his most beloved films is the 1986 classic Top Gun, so when news broke that Cruise would be reprising his role as Maverick, fans were ecstatic.
Fans flocked to the cinema to see Cruise back in control of a fighter jet following the release of the Top Gun sequel on 27 May, with many returning for a second or even third time once they realised just how good it was.
As a result, after only 21 days, Top Gun: Maverick became Cruise’s highest-grossing film globally. It crossed $800 million (£654 million) at the global box office, breaking Cruise’s previous record of $791.1 million (£647 million) for Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and becoming the highest-grossing Cruise film in 23 different territories around the world.
The film grossed $422.2 million (£345 million) in the United States and $384.2 million (£314 million) abroad, making it Paramount Pictures’ second highest-grossing domestic picture after Titanic.
The record is not entirely shocking, given that Maverick had the highest-earning opening weekend of Cruise’s career, grossing an astonishing $100 million (£81 million).
Top Gun: Maverick sees the fighter pilot return to the training school to prepare a group of younger pilots for, ironically, a mission which seems near impossible.
The actor admitted there was a lot of pressure on creating the sequel, which came more than 30 years after the release of the original film, as he told The Independent that taking on the project was a ‘daunting task’.