‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Returns to No. 1 at Box Office, Surpasses ‘Black Panther’ as Fifth-Highest Grossing Film Ever

The Tom Cruise-led megahit, which has been met with critical and commercial enthusiasm for three straight months, has also proven massive on VOD.

Tom Cruise is seen flying around over snow

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Tom Cruise is seen flying around over snow

Top Gun: Maverick—which has now been in theaters for over three months—continued its box office dominance over the weekend, all while simultaneously doing the same on VOD.

Indeed, per the latest Box Office Mojo update, the Tom Cruise-led critical and commercial juggernaut is now the fifth-highest grossing film in domestic box office history at more than $701 million. The latest box office push for director Joseph Kosinski’s film, which also saw it return to the top spot at the box office for the holiday weekend, was enough to push it past 2018’s Black Panther, which stands at just over $700 million in total domestic box office gross during its run.

The extended Labor Day weekend saw Top Gun: Maverick bringing in an estimated $7.9 million, strong enough for another stay in the No. 1 spot ahead of Bullet Train and the re-release of Spider-Man: No Way Home. In a statement included in Deadline’s Monday box office breakdown, which also pointed out how a National Cinema Day promo complicated the usual box office projection practices, Paramount Pictures CEO and president Brian Robbins touted Maverick as a “true cultural touchstone.”

As for VOD, Top Gun: Maverick, fittingly, is also making itself comfortable in a variety of No. 1 spots. On iTunes, the film is in the top spot ahead of Minions: The Rise of Gru and Nope, among others, per the latest chart. Further down that chart is the original 1986 Top Gun directed by the late Tony Scott. At the time of this writing, Maverick was also the top VOD entry on Google Play and Vudu.

Amid continued Maverick praise, Cruise was seen in widely shared footage this weekend hanging off a plane while discussing the importance of the in-person theatrical experience. See more below.

Fun Fact: The very first public screening of #TopGunMaverick was at #CinemaCon back in April, and this is how Tom Cruise introduced the film…pic.twitter.com/fkGF7Nn18n

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) September 5, 2022

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