After a long time a non-superhero film is ruling the global box office. This year, the highest-grossing film of all time has been Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick, the action-packed sequel to his 1986 classic. The film’s success breaks up a run of several years when Marvel or DC films were the highest-grossing films in their respective years. This year has seen successful films from both studios and yet Top Gun Maverick has outperformed. The film’s producer Jerry Bruckheimer has now opened up on how it has managed it. Read also: Top Gun: Maverick surpasses Avengers: Infinity War to become the sixth highest-grossing US film of all time
Top Gun: Maverick has grossed $1.4 billion at the global box office, earning a spot among the top 12 movies of all time. In comparison, this year’s most successful Marvel film has been Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which grossed $955 million globally. DC’s number one hit in 2022 – The Batman – has earned $779 million.
Speaking about why audiences have preferred Maverick over superhero movies, producer Jerry Bruckmeier attributed it to the film’s actual practical fight scenes. Jerry said, “I think audiences have seen so much CGI, which is wonderful, I go to the same movies, but it’s also nice to see the real deal and be part of a camaraderie of characters rising to the skies. And as much as It should be as good as possible.”
Jerry said he’s not bringing down Marvel or DC. “Audiences love Marvel, they love DC stuff. They’re beautifully made by really talented people. Sometimes you want to see something that’s real, and that’s what Top Gun gave us… Aviators are defending our country right now, flying around the world, and you’re riding with them. You see what they do, you see what their life is like, and those exams. And the tribulations that they have to go through. You are really experiencing it with our actors.”
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick also stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glenn Powell, Lewis Pullman and Ed Harris. Val Kilmer also reprises his role of Iceman from the original in a cameo. The film, which released on May 27, was also well received by the critics.