Tom Cruise starrer action drama Top Gun: Maverick has surpassed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. It is now only the second film of the pandemic era to achieve this landmark after Marvel's Spider-Man: No Way Home. It is also the first film in Tom's 40-year career to reach the billion-dollar milestone.

It is also the second-highest-grossing film in Paramount's long history in terms of domestic figures, behind only 1997's Titanic.  It took a mere 31 days for the aviators to reach this milestone with the estimated worldwide box office collections at $1,006,423,000, including $521.7 million from the domestic market and $484.7 million from the international box office.

Top Gun: Maverick is the immediate sequel to Tony Scott's smash hit film Top Gun which was released way back in 1986. The new sequel has been directed by Joseph Kosinski and features the Mission Impossible actor reprising his role of Captain Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell from the original. Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Lewis Pullman, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer are also part of the film and play supporting roles.

Top Gun: Maverick is set over 30 years after the events of Top Gun and sees Maverick training a group of Top Gun graduates, including Bradley 'Rooster' Bradshaw (Teller), the son of his late wingman Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw portrayed by Anthony Edwards in the 1986 film, for a specialized mission. The actioner, like the original, makes no mention of the enemy force, which is something that Kosinski said is in line with the first film.

Critics have been piling the film with immense praise. The movie, in which Maverick returns to teach a new set of pilots how to take on an impossible mission, has a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes.