‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Could Gross 600 Million: Here’s What It Would Take

A month ago, the educated guess had “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Thor: Love and Thunder” (both Disney), and “Jurassic World: Dominion” (Universal) competing for the biggest domestic hit of summer 2022.

Strong runs were also expected from “Minions: The Rise of Gru” (Universal), “Lightyear” (Disney), and “Maverick-2022-movie-posters/”>Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount), but those were anticipated at 300 million for each, at best.It took 11 days at the box office for the “Top Gun” sequel to bust through that estimation: It’s grossed 308 million.

The last time a non-Marvel or franchise title did that was “It” in 2017 (327 million).Lowball “Maverick” projections stemmed from the film’s perceived lack of immediate appeal to younger audiences and comparisons to recent Tom Cruise films.

Adjusted for inflation, the initial two “Mission: Impossible” films grossed close to 400 million, but the more recent ones reached the low 200 million level.“Maverick” has two elements that turn a

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