The summer blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick” surpassed 2014’s “American Sniper” to become the top box office grossing military movie of all time this week.
“Sniper” still holds the domestic box office crown with about $350 million in domestic sales to “Maverick’s” $322 million, but that record is soon to fall too, Military.com noted.
“Maverick,” the sequel to 1986’s top-grossing film “Top Gun,” is the first offering of 2022 to receive an A+ CinemaScore rating from moviegoers, explaining its strong legs at the box office two weeks into its run.
We polled @TopGunMovie: Maverick tonight and audiences gave it an A+! Congrats to @ParamountPics, @TomCruise, and the rest of the cast and crew! Will you be lining up to see the sequel this weekend? #CinemaScore pic.twitter.com/ESnSu9RxkE
— CinemaScore (@CinemaScore) May 28, 2022
Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter highlighted that the Paramount Pictures release set the record for the smallest second-weekend drop-off in sales out of any movie with a $100 million opening. “Maverick” ticket sales fell just 29 percent for a total of $90 million domestically.
“Maverick’s” status as the top-grossing military movie does not take into account inflation.
In today’s dollars, “American Sniper’s” worldwide box office total would be $668 million.
“Saving Private Ryan” — previously in second place — earned about $482 million worldwide in 1998, which would be $855 million in today’s dollars. The original “Top Gun’s” box office total was approximately $357 million worldwide, which would be $942 million now.
People the world over are clearly resonating with what “Maverick” has to offer: a strong patriotic story and great action.
A central message of the film is not to count America out: It’s still a force for good and security in a turbulent and violent world. After all, what does a U.S. aircraft carrier represent but a nation’s military might and presence?
Without giving much away about “Maverick,” the mission that Cruise’s character — U.S. Navy Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell — oversees is the attack of a soon-to-be operational nuclear facility in what is identified as a “rogue” nation. Iran immediately comes to mind.
At the beginning of the movie, Adm. Chester Cain, played by Ed Harris, tells Maverick that his days are numbered. He’s a dying breed.
Maverick’s response is perhaps a slight concession that that day may come, but “not today.”
After the coronavirus lockdowns and all the weirdness and strife of the last few years, “Top Gun: Maverick” shows that people are hungry for unity and hope.
A version of this article originally appeared on Patriot Project.
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