2022 – Top Gun: The Dissident breaks box office records in opening weekend | Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick has exceeded expectations at the global box office, grossing $248 million (£196 million) worldwide.

The film, which sees the return of thriller Tom Cruise pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell after the character was first introduced in 1986’s Top Gun, benefited from strong commentary and word of mouth, as well as the promotion of a high-profile feature film.

It’s the first time a movie starring Cruz, 59, has broken the $100 million mark in its opening weekend, making it past Spider-Man: No Way Home ($206 million).

It also attracted a higher demographic than Marvel and DC movies, with an estimated 55% of audiences over 35.

About £151 million in revenue came from the United States, where the film was shown in a record 4,732 theaters. It has been reported that about 19,000 other locations around the world are showing the film.

Top Gun: Maverick was originally scheduled to open in the summer of 2020 but has been postponed several times due to the pandemic. The marketing campaign began in 2019 and culminated last week with a performance by Cruise in Cannes and a Royal Premiere in London.

Speaking about it in Cannes, where the film was shown and its star was honored with the Palme d’Or, Cruz reiterated his producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s pledge that the film would not debut on the streaming site.

“It absolutely couldn’t have happened,” Cruz said.

The first film was directed by Tony Scott with an estimated budget of $15 million and led to a 500% annual increase in employment in the US Navy’s Department of Aviation.

The sequel was made by Joseph Kosinski with a reported budget of 10 times the original.

Cruise’s highest-grossing debut to date was Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, which opened with £51 million in 2005. The star has two more Mission: Impossible films scheduled for release in 2023 and 2024.