“Top Gun: Maverick” has been dominating the box office ever since it debuted on Memorial Day Weekend.
Over this weekend, the “Top Gun” sequel finally passed the one billion mark at the global box office, becoming the second movie during the COVID-19 pandemic to reach the milestone and Tom Cruise’s first movie to do so in his forty-year career.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Took Home Over $1 Billion Dollars In Just 31 Days!
Deadline reported the news on Sunday, revealing that it took only 31 days for the movie to hit $1.006B at the global box office on Sunday. The domestic box office total is $521.7M and the international box office pulled in $484.7M.
Last Monday, the film had crossed the $900 million dollar mark, and a few days before that, it had crossed $800M dollars, to become Cruise’s best-grossing movie ever.
The Joseph Kosinski-directed sequel pulled in some serious star power from Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, and others, to help make the film a success. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 97% critic score and a 99% audience score. The 1986 original movie had a Rotten Tomatoes critic score of only 58%, while the audience score sat much higher at 83%.
It looks like the movie did not only build itself on the success of the original film but also managed to improve itself.
Critics Are Raving About ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
Justin Brown of Medium Popcorn wrote, “As someone who typically hates sequels, this is by far one of the best ones ever made. It pays homage to the original and elevates everything!”
Sarah Ward of Concrete Playground wrote, “An action movie that’s this visibly wondrous and entertaining, knows it’s walking in familiar footsteps but puts in a bold effort to make this return trip mean something is electrifying and, yes, breathtaking.”
REVIEW: Top Gun: Maverick is the best film I’ve seen in the last 5 years. As someone who never saw the first one, it was very easy to follow and is just a blast to watch from start to finish. Please go see this if you haven’t yet.
SCORE: 10/10 pic.twitter.com/bIg3PQzSp2
— Sean (@NerdAwakens) June 26, 2022
Chris McCoy of Memphis Flyer wrote, “Armed with a squadron of F-18s, compact digital cameras, and a wild disregard for Tom Cruise’s personal safety, Maverick’s aerial sequences are the most spectacular ever filmed.”
Todd Gilchrist of AV Club wrote, “Joe Kosinski matches his well-established architectural precision with suitably nostalgic but never pandering emotionality, while Cruise commands the screen in a performance that leverages his multimillion-dollar star wattage to brighten the entire film.”
Not All Critics Are Raving About The Sequel!
Without spoilers, was anyone else a bit underwhelmed by Top Gun: Maverick? I mean, it was diverting enough, Miles Teller was good, and the Val Kilmer cameo was pretty moving, but the denouement lacked any real jeopardy. I expected more given the reviews.
— Ben Stanley (@BDStanley) June 25, 2022
However, Erik Childress of Movie Madness Podcast didn’t seem much improvement over the original. He called the sequel “Practically a beat-for-beat remake of the original with a non-existent screenplay that has so little interest in exploring the man of its title decades later that the film may as well be set in 1987.”
Eileen Jones of The Jacobin agreed, writing, “Don’t be fooled — it’s the same glorified military recruitment video that the original was.”
Andrew Kendall of Stabroek News wrote, “There’s a sharper movie trapped somewhere inside the thrill of the spectacle; one that actually engages with the supporting cast and one that explores how Maverick’s unchanging nature may be something to critique and evaluate rather than blindly yield to.”
Although the film didn’t please all critics, it certainly pleased enough fans to have audiences keep returning to the theater for another ride.