Box Office: Top Gun: Maverick tops Titanic on all-time list

tom cruise continues his victory lap with one of the best years he’s had as an actor, all due to the decision to delay his long-awaited sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” until after business normalized during a pandemic. “Maverick” is a bona fide box office phenomenon, not only as the biggest movie of the summer and of the year domestically, but as of this weekend it has surpassed $659.3 million grossed by james cameronIt’s “Titanic”.

That number for the longtime record holder includes a string of re-releases after the $600 million it made on its initial 1997 run. Considering “Titanic” has long been the highest-grossing release of all time of Paramount Pictures, the studio probably doesn’t care that it now has two movies in the Top 10 of all time. “Titanic” won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Cameron.

“Maverick” has steadily been making history, first becoming the biggest opening movie during Memorial Day weekend while also being Cruise’s biggest opening movie. In less than two weeks it hit the $300 million mark, and in its third weekend it even surpassed Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” for an incredible third weekend of $51 million. It hit the rare $500 million benchmark in mid-June (the 17th film to do so), and less than a month later, it became the 12th film to cross $600 million domestically.

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For 10 weeks, it stayed in the Top 5, which is absolutely fantastic, and this coming weekend will be the first time the movie has dropped below that. While that might not be unprecedented — “Titanic” was #1 for 15 weeks on its first release — it’s been a long time since we’ve seen such a phenomenon. “Maverick” hasn’t had a single day yet where he didn’t make at least a million.

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The next milestone for “Maverick” to pass is the $678.8 million grossed by “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018, and that could very well happen, albeit it’s going to be a very slow pace, even though not as many releases are expected. important. for August.

Congrats to Cruise, his co-stars, director. joseph kosinskiproducer jerry bruckheimer and their co-producers, the writers (including co-writer/co-producer christopher mcquarrie), and everyone else involved in the production of a film that has received so much love and overwhelming praise that it deserves every penny of its box office. At this point, it will be a long-running game to see how Oscar voters fare in the January nominations.

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