Top Gun: Maverick Is The First Movie That Grossed Billion Dollars This Year

Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel to the 1986 original movie starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, soared to become the first movie this year to reach a billion-dollar milestone at the worldwide box office, Deadline has learned.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick was initially set to be released in 2020. Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, the movie was delayed several times, but looks like Paramount Pictures made a good decision by delaying the movie until it’s suitable for a regular theatrical release, considering it grossed $1.006 billion worldwide. This makes the Top Gun sequel the first movie starring Tom Cruise to gross more than a billion dollars. Before Maverick, Mission: Impossible – Fallout was Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing movie with $791.1 million grossed worldwide.

At the list of highest-grossing movies this year, Maverick is now holding the first spot, followed by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with $947 million, and The Batman with $770 million. Jurassic World Dominion holds the fourth place with $746 million, but it’s likely that that movie will earn even more, considering it’s the newest movie among these movies that are on top of the box office worldwide.

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“After more than 30 years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. Training a detachment of graduates for a special assignment, Maverick must confront the ghosts of his past and his deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who choose to fly it.” — Top Gun: Maverick, official synopsis

Of course, there are still some blockbusters that have the potential to gross more than a billion dollars this year. The first movie that could easily do that is Avatar: The Way of Water, a sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 original movie which is still the highest-grossing movie of all time with $2.8 billion. The sequel is set to be released next December.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick is starring Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer. The movie received widespread critical acclaim.