Global box office results are in, and “Top Gun: Maverick” is now officially Tom Cruise’s first $1 billion movie. However, it isn’t the only record that the highly anticipated sequel scored at the box office.

After 43 movies, multiple high-level awards, and a career spanning four decades, Tom Cruise has finally attained a billion-dollar title at the box office.

Paramount recently retweeted the big news from the Top Gun movie account, sharing the $1 billion accomplishment for the “Maverick” sequel.

Tom Cruise’s first $1 billion film and other ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ records

According to Bloomberg, “Top Gun: Maverick” also marks Paramount studios’ “biggest film.” In North America alone, the film grossed over $520 million. On an international level, it raked in more than $486 million.

Putting the numbers together, Paramount announces that worldwide ticket sales have surpassed one billion dollars to date.

Additionally, it is now the second-highest-grossing movie in the U.S. that the studio has released after “Titanic” in 1997.

Even more, “Maverick” broke box office records as the biggest release during Memorial Day weekend. Over the three-day opener, Tom Cruise’s movie brought in approximately $156 million on a national level. It also doubled as Cruise’s first opening to pass $100 million.

In an interview with CNN Business, senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian describes the magnitude of the win as follows:

“For any film to join the $1 billion club is a monumental achievement. (…) But ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ hitting $1 billion during the pandemic is a bit different.”

Aside from being Tom Cruise’s first $1 billion movie, “Top Gun: Maverick” is also universally appreciated by critics and fans alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, it boasts a massive 97% score from reviewers and 99% from the audience.

In response to the film’s success, the award-winning — and top-paid — lead shared his gratitude online.

His message to industry players and fans came in the form of a tweet that has garnered over 130,000 likes in less than 24 hours:

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