Has Top Gun: Maverick lived up to the hype?
As of June 27, just over a month since its release on May 24, Tom Cruise’s megahit has surpassed $1 billion USD worldwide ($521,723,000 domestic; $484,700,000 worldwide).
For the month of June, Jurassic Park Dominion, which was released on June 10, is right behind Top Gun: Maverick ($345,407,098) for the month’s bragging rights coming it at $302,775,820. Third place goes to Lightyear (released June 17) at $88,770,257, followed by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($32,663,599) and Elvis ($30,500,000; released June 24) to round out June’s top five.
With four days left in the month, June’s total cumulative gross receipts are currently $895,832,394 which is more than double those of the same month in 2021 ($401,276,723). This month trails pre-pandemic June 2019 by 22% ($1,149,048,054) with a few days remaining to close that gap.
As we close in on pre-pandemic “normalcy”, more summer movies are looking to help the trend, including July releases:
Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1)
In the heart of the 1970s, amid a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons and pull off their first missions.
Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)
The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (July 15)
A hard-on-his-luck hound Hank (Michael Cera) finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain's (Ricky Gervais) evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant teacher (Samuel L. Jackson) to train him, our underdog must assume the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. The only problem… cats hate dogs!
See you at the movies!