Top Gun: Maverick has leapfrogged Titanic to become the seventh-highest grossing film ever at the domestic box office, earning US$662 million in ticket sales.
The action-packed Tom Cruise blockbuster also toppled Titanic to become Paramount’s biggest film in 110 years of the studio’s existence.
Titanic was one of the most successful films in history, making $600 million domestically in its release year, 1997. However, Top Gun: Maverick currently stands at $662 million domestically, overthrowing the iceberg classic.
This achievement is monumental in cinematic history, granted that Top Gun was released during the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was also barred from cinemas in China and Russia but still managed to draw in US$690 million internationally.
However, this victory for Top Gun is localised as Titanic continues to dominate the international waters. The romance drama reigns supreme with US$1.5 billion at the international box office and US$2.2 billion globally.
Now, all eyes are set to see if Top Gun will also dethrone Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. The superhero film currently stands as the sixth highest earning film domestically, generating US$678 million.
Beyond that, the list of the top five domestic releases ever consists of Black Panther (US$700 million), Avatar (US$760 million), Spider-Man: No Way Home (US$804 million), Avengers: Endgame ($853 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936 million).