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Top Gun: Maverick breaks $1b barrier at box office

Published on: 28th June 2022

The film has become the highest-grossing of star Tom Cruise’s career, and also the biggest film of 2022 so far.

Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, which landed in cinemas at the end of May, has officially taken over $1b dollars (£813m) at the box office after 31 days. The major landmark means the movie, which picks back up with Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell 34 years after the original, is both the biggest film of 2022 so far and the biggest of Tom Cruise’s career to date. Previously, the Hollywood star’s highest-grossing movie was 2018’s Mission Impossible: Fallout, which took $792m (£646m).

Maverick’s performance takes the release beyond that of 2022’s previous highest earner, Marvel’s Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which has so far taken $947m at the box office (£772m). The US has seen the highest ticket sales, totalling $522m.

Following its theatrical run, Top Gun: Maverick will be available to stream on Paramount+, the new global streaming service from the studio behind the movie. Top Gun: Maverick follows the Lt. Pete Mitchell when he’s sent back to Top Gun flying school to train a group of graduate fighter pilots and take out an unsanctioned uranium enrichment plant. Among the group is Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw, the son of Maverick’s late best friend and RIO (radar intercept officer) – Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw.

The success of the critically-acclaimed sequel is translating into strong sales of licensed toys and merchandise. To coincide with the release of the new film Top Gun: Maverick, Cobi has created four all-new sets based on the aircraft featured in the film including two F/A-18s modelled after Maverick and Rooster’s jets. The legendary F-14 from the original Top Gun, meanwhile, gives fans of the 80s film a taste of movie history and comes complete with Maverick and Goose figures. Perfect for collectors, Hornby’s Airfix brand has welcomed an F-18 Hornet set, and Amscan’s Top Gun costume range gives fans of the smash hit sequel the ability to dress-up as the daring pilot himself, Maverick.

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