Box Office Crown Going To Top Gun: Maverick’s numbers are still growing from strength to strength.
Minions: The Rise of Gru is drawing closer to it by the day. Top Gun: Maverick sports 2022’s box office crown with its billion-dollar global haul, but Minions: The Rise of Gru is not too far behind it and may even snag its throne.
Serving as a sequel to 1986’s Top Gun, Joseph Kosinski’s Top Gun: Maverick marks the return of Tom Cruise’s Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. With a high-stakes time-bound mission at its fore, the film is jam-packed with impressive aeronautic acrobatic sequences, nostalgic callbacks to the original, and a heartwarming redemptive story arc for the beloved Maverick. While allowing new characters and storylines to take the limelight, Top Gun: Maverick stays true to the legacy of the original and paves the way for future additions to the movie series.
Minions: The Rise of Gru’s audience reviews and box office numbers have been no less impressive so far. Following Lightyear’s subpar performance, Minions: The Rise of Gru has reinstated that there is still a theatrical market for animated movies. Although the film’s success partially comes from an online meme trend called “The Gentleminions,” its primary appeal lies in its bite-sized gimmicky yellow characters who tickle many a rib with their silly antics.
Top Gun 2’s Best Scene Copies A Box Office Bomb From The ’80s a box office bomb when it was released in 1983, The Right Stuff helped to influence the best scene from Top Gun: Maverick. A scene from The Right Stuff, which commercially bombed when it was released in the 1980s. This is in sharp contrast to Top Gun: Maverick’s hugely successful, and still ongoing, box office run as the biggest film of the year so far. Despite being commercially ignored at the time, The Right Stuff became a critical success in its own right and helped to influence the best scene in Top Gun: Maverick.
Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) to the audience as a Navy test pilot, preparing to fly the prototype Darkstar jet at Mach 10–10 times the speed of sound. Maverick faces opposition from Rear Admiral Chester “Hammer” Cain (Ed Harris), who wants to shut down Darkstar in favor of his drone program. Maverick flies the prototype to Mach 10, without permission, to save the program and the careers of the people he works with. Flying at Mach 10 makes Maverick the fastest man alive. However, Maverick decides to push Darkstar beyond Mach 10 and, as a result, destroys the aircraft. Despite crashing, Maverick emerges from the wreckage, having successfully saved the program from Hammer for now.
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Top Gun: Maverick remains a box office juggernaut and is only the second film since 2019’s Spider-Man: No Way Home to cross the $1 billion global box office mark. While Minions: The Rise of Gru’s is yet to reach that milestone, its early numbers show some promising prospects. The imposing receptions of both films beg some interesting questions: will Minions: The Rise of Gru sustain its growing popularity and ultimately lead 2022’s box office? Or will it gradually lose momentum and fall behind Top Gun: Maverick’s box office domination?
Box Office Crown Looked Untouchable Minions, Top Gun: Maverick’s success can primarily be attributed to Tom Cruise’s remarkable star value. More than that, though, the film’s early optimistic reviews played a vital role in mounting the hype surrounding its release, which later prompted franchise fans and casual moviegoers to flock to theaters. Similar to Spider-Man: No Way Home, Top Gun 2 also has a notalgic hook that makes it worthy of multiple viewings, which adds more heft to its growing numbers. While Minions: The Rise of Gru’s is bereft of most of these elements, its timely release during the 4th of July weekend window and family-friendly themes have given it an upper hand over most other summer blockbusters. In less than two weeks since its release, Minions: The Rise of Gru has earned more than $400 million worldwide. However, it is hard not to wonder if it has what it takes to overtake Top Gun: Maverick.
The pilots in the Mercury test program, the real-life pilot Chuck Yeager (played by Sam Shepard) takes up the Lockheed NF-104A, an aerospace training aircraft. Yeager attempts to break a record, like Maverick flying Mach 10, by flying higher than anyone before him. When Yeager pushes the plane to the very edge, similar to Maverick going beyond Mach 10, things start to go horrifically wrong and the plane nosedives into a tailspin. Yeager is forced to eject as the plane crashes but emerges victorious from the wreckage, like Maverick, proving that he still has the “right stuff” despite not becoming an astronaut. The parallels between the Mach 10 sequence from Top Gun: Maverick to The Right Stuff’s climax are clear.