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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Could Be The Second COVID-Era Film to Reach $1 Billion

Paramount Pictures

After a week, Top Gun: Maverick, has grossed more than $500 million worldwide and has become Tom Cruise‘s highest-grossing film of his entire career, and one of the highest-grossing films of the year, currently sitting at fourth place behind The Battle at Lake Changjin II, The Batman, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Sam Raimi‘s film is currently the highest-grossing movie of the year, already tallying up more than $900 million in cinemas alone, but still hasn’t reached the $1 billion club. It may eventually reach it, but the film’s second-week grosses dropped drastically compared to Top Gun‘s, which only dropped at 29% in its second week.

This is very impressive, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is the lowest decline in history (!) for a movie opening with $100 million or more at the box office in its first week. It’s absolutely wild since a decline of 55% or even 50% is considered “excellent” by industry standards.

Because of this, it’s highly probable that the movie could end up making more than $900 million internationally as of next week (even if Jurassic World: Dominion looks like a fierce competitor and will likely end up at the top spot this weekend), and $500 million domestically, inevitably leading up to the movie making more than $1 billion at the global box office.

Currently, Spider-Man: No Way Home is the only movie that managed to make over $1 billion at the global box office during the COVID era. Should Top Gun reach that status, it would not only be the second movie during the pandemic to make $1 billion, but it will also be Tom Cruise’s first billion-dollar hit. It’s surprising to see that Cruise has never reached that status after being one of the most bankable movie stars out there. If it does happen, it bodes extremely well for Cruise’s next two movies, which are Parts One and Two of Mission: Impossible–Dead Reckoning, which will respectively release on July 14, 2023 and June 28, 2024 in theatres.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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