The defector sets his sights on a billion dollars from the global box office

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

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Top Gun: Maverick continues to break barriers at the box office.

Paramount and Skydance’s 1986 sequel to “Top Gun” surged in excess of $900 million in worldwide ticket sales on Monday, setting its sights on the coveted $1 billion box office title.

Without much standing in its way, box office analysts expect “The Dissident” to cross that line within a week. The blockbuster feature won’t have much competition until July 8, when Disney’s Marvel Studios releases “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

To date, Maverick’s sales have been split between approximately $475 million in the United States and Canada and approximately $430 million in international markets.

“Reflecting the film’s global appeal, splitting domestic versus international revenue by 50/50 is a rare feat for most recent blockbusters,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore.

Since its debut in late May, Maverick’s film has maintained its pace at the domestic box office, racking up solid ticket sales during its fourth week in theaters. The film opened at $126.7 million, the highest opening weekend box office average of any Tom Cruise movie and the actor’s first film to gross over $100 million during its debut.

In its second weekend, ticket sales fell 29% to $90 million, showing more staying power than most popular features, according to data from Comscore. Typically, big-budget movies see sales drop between 50% and 70% from week one to week two.

The strong hold continued as “The Dissident” brought in another $52 million in its third weekend, down 42% from its second weekend, and $44 million over its fourth weekend, down 14% from its third weekend.

“Maverick tapped into the zeitgeist of the cultural age in a way that only a rare breed of film has achieved,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at

Robbins said Maverick’s movie was well-reviewed and action-packed, and it generated plenty of word of mouth, bringing back the film’s original audience as well as younger moviegoers.

“It’s the epitome of a great summer movie,” he said.

The film has consistently attracted audiences over the age of 35, who have been reluctant to return to cinemas since the height of the pandemic. Younger moviegoers usually drive the bulk of massive ticket sales, but having films that attract older customers to return will be a key part of the film industry’s recovery from the pandemic.

“The Kudos should be given to Paramount Pictures, which has been an ideal partner for Tom Cruise over the years, and has waited for the perfect moment to open the film exclusively in theaters and not consider a broadcast release as an option due to the challenges of the pandemic,” said Comscore’s Dergarabedian. How to build the perfect multi-billion dollar box office monster.”

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