Top Gun: Maverick Dethrones Doctor Strange 2 at the Domestic Box Office

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Who would've thought that after more than thirty years, the sequel to Tom Cruise's 80s classic Top Gun would be dominating the box office for the second time? After going through an unfortunate delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Top Gun: Maverick finally premiered on May 27. Now, on its fourth weekend, the sequel earned an impressive $44 million (-20%), bringing a total of $473 million in domestic receipts on its 25th-day release. More impressively, it places as the third-biggest fourth-weekend gross ever.


Top Gun: Maverick is also now the highest-grossing domestic film of 2022, overthrowing Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which earned a total of $405 Million. At the worldwide box office, Top Gun: Maverick grossed $885 Million, almost tight to the Doctor Strange sequel's $942 Million worldwide total earnings.

With that said, Top Gun: Maverick is now Tom Cruise's highest-grossing film in his lifelong career, beating 2018's Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which earned $791 Million worldwide. If the fourth-week screening continues to dominate the box office, it would no longer be surprising for the film to cross the $1 Billion mark, making it the biggest film of the year.

Top Gun: Maverick's official synopsis is below:

Test pilot Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Cruise) has purposely dodged an advancement in rank after thirty years of service. One day Maverick is called to be put in charge of training a group of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission under the orders of his fellow naval aviator friend and former rival, Tom "Iceman" Kazansky (Kilmer), who is the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Among them is Lieutenant Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw (Teller), the son of Maverick's late best friend Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (Edwards).

Top Gun: Maverick is still showing in theaters worldwide.

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