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Patriotic And Uplifting TOP GUN: MAVERICK Is Tom Cruise’s Highest-Grossing Movie Ever

Tom Cruise plays Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Patriotic And Uplifting TOP GUN: MAVERICK Is Now Tom Cruise’s Highest-Grossing Movie Ever

By Movieguide® Contributor

TOP GUN: MAVERICK has been blowing up the box office, garnering more than $800 million worldwide. This massive take off makes it Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing movie ever, beating out other popular franchises like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. 

Half of that $800 million comes from the domestic box office, where the movie scooped up $422.2 million.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK is currently the highest grossing movie in America, proving that audiences will happily turn out for a movie that touts strong values, opposed to the progressive agenda of LIGHTYEAR, which had a dismal opening weekend. 

Movieguide®’s review of TOP GUN: MAVERICK reads

TOP GUN: MAVERICK has a strong moral, Pro-American, patriotic worldview. The movie celebrates American fighter pilots who risk their lives to serve their country. Maverick clearly is committed to train the pilots under his command well. When his CO at the Top Gun school tells the pilots how dangerous their mission is and that some of them might not come back alive, Maverick objects, saying he wants to do whatever he can to ensure that everyone comes back alive. Maverick must show the pilots, however, that the mission plan will be able to do just that. And, he risks his own life twice to do it.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK also tells a strong redemptive story. Maverick still feels guilty for Goose dying. He thinks Goose’s son, Bradley, blames him for Goose’s death, but Bradley resents Maverick for setting his career back for four years by telling the Navy he wasn’t ready to be a Top Gun fighter pilot. Eventually, their conflict is resolved by sacrifice and forgiveness, which lead to reconciliation.

Most American viewers will respond positively to this movie’s patriotism and make TOP GUN: MAVERICK a big hit. Moviegoers outside the United States probably will respond positively well to the characters and the action, though some patriotic movies don’t do as well overseas as they do in the United States.