Who says you need to be a Marvel movie to make it big at the box office?
31 days after it debuted on the big screen, Top Gun: Maverick has managed to surpass Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness as the year’s highest-earning movie. According to Variety, the film has already surpassed the $1 billion mark, and has become Tom Cruise’s most successful film—the previous one being Mission: Impossible – Fallout which earned $791 million when it released.
Despite being a sequel, Top Gun: Maverick shines by presenting a story that doesn’t need any prior research to fully enjoy. The story is pretty simple and straightforward, and the action is also very solid. You also have to hand it to the stunt team and Cruise himself, who was said to have been insistent that they shoot the scenes with the planes practically—resulting in some very unique setpieces.
We don’t know if another Top Gun movie could be in the works, but I can imagine the studio wanting to jump on the hype train—especially with Cruise’s Mission: Impossible days coming toward an end.
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.
Top Gun: Maverick is now screening in theaters.