Top Gun: Maverick Has Broken Another Huge Record

Top Gun: Maverick has now spent four straight months in the box office top ten.

By Britta DeVore | Published

To say that Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick was a blockbuster hit would be an understatement. Since the jet-fueled, high-octane feature first landed in theaters back in May, it’s been breaking records everywhere and has had everyone talking about the latest installment in the Top Gun franchise. It’s been just a hair over four months since Top Gun: Maverick launched and, as a surprise to no one, it’s spent each of those months in the box office top ten – breaking an entirely new record.

The sequel’s success is spelled out in its legacy. The follow-up to 1986’s Top Gun, not only brought those who remember all the quotable lines from the first film scrambling to theaters to see more of the best of the best in stunt work and storyline, but Top Gun: Maverick earned an entirely new crowd as well. With the possibility of at least three generations interested in the movie (which not many films can boast), it’s truly no surprise that so many have rushed to get their tickets and take in the action on the big screen. 

Over three decades after the events of the original film, Top Gun: Maverick introduced viewers to a new story in the flight-based universe. Still grappling with some ghosts from his past, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is in his prime, working as a test pilot and pumping himself full of adrenaline day in and day out through his dangerous, but impressive, aerial maneuvers. But, when he’s called to train a group of new recruits for an incredibly dangerous mission, he comes face-to-face with one of those ghosts from his past – Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his late friend LTJG Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards). 

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Along with the action side of the film, Top Gun: Maverick is also a study in grief and the way we handle the biggest losses life throws our way. Joining Cruise and Teller, the film also boasted a lineup including Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm, Monica Barbaro, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Ed Harris, and Danny Ramirez. Tron: Legacy director, Joseph Konsinski helmed the production which would be the first of two feature-length films over the summer that he worked with Teller on, the other being Netflix’s Spiderhead

Top Gun: Maverick’s box office domination comes as even more of a surprise when you consider that the film became available for paid viewing on streaming platforms at the end of August. This really goes to show how many people absolutely needed to see this one in theaters, which is the best way to take in a revved-up action movie of its caliber. Theater viewing is the top choice when it comes to appreciating all the stunt work that went into the film, with many of those high-risk maneuvers completed by the cast themselves – something that they expected when they signed on to star in a movie alongside Tom Cruise. 

With its physical 4K Ultra HD, DVD, and Blu-ray release coming soon, on November 1, it seems as though Top Gun: Maverick is putting engines into a lower gear and coming in for a landing. But, with a few weeks still left, you have your chance to get out, catch the film and add to its record-breaking box office takeover. Be part of history!