Top Gun: Maverick flies past $1bn at the box office to become 2022’s highest grossing film

Tom Cruise thriller has overtaken ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’

Top Gun: Maverick - Trailer

Top Gun: Maverick has become the highest grossing film of 2022 so far after surpassing $1bn at the global box office.

The action sequel is also now the most commercially successful film of star Tom Cruise’s career.

According to Variety, Maverick has made $1.006bn (£813m) since its release a month ago.

The year’s previous biggest film had been the Marvel sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which has now taken in a total of $947m (£772m).

Before Maverick, the biggest hit of Cruise’s career had been 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which grossed a global total of $792m.

Maverick has enjoyed strong reviews following its release, with Cruise’s performance and the film’s aerial stunt work receiving particular praise.

In a four-star review for The Independent, Clarisse Loughrey said: “Top Gun: Maverick really isn’t packed with the kind of craven nostalgia that we’re used to these days. It’s smarter, subtler, and wholly more humanistic.”

Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Ed Harris and Val Kilmer also feature in the film alongside Cruise.

Earlier this month, Kilmer shared a moving message to Cruise following his short appearance in the film.

Cruise has previously spoken about his reunion with Kilmer. Asked about the moment, he said: “It was lovely. The whole experience, you know, 36 years to make this film.”

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