Paramount Pictures has announced it will re-release Top Gun: Maverick in theaters nationwide, including select premium large formats and IMAX, for a limited time next month — Dec. 2 through Dec. 15, to be specific. That’s because Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters the next day, and James Cameron‘s sequel will have IMAX screens on lockdown after that.
But until Avatar 2 comes out, Top Gun: Maverick remains the box office success story of the year, as it has grossed $1.48 billion worldwide. That’s $716 million at the domestic box office and $770 million overseas. Paramount is no doubt trying to squeeze an extra $14 million out of moviegoers worldwide to push Maverick past the $1.5 billion mark — as well as remind awards voters why it was such a big hit. The sequel absolutely deserves to be in the Best Picture conversation, while director Joseph Kosinski and star Tom Cruise also deserve serious consideration for their respective efforts.
Paramount is wisely taking advantage of a lull at the box office, as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever isn’t quite performing as its predecessor did, and theaters, in general, could use a boost before The Way of Water brings a flood of moviegoers. The re-release also signals Paramount’s commitment to movie theaters (Netflix pulled Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery after just a week in release), as Top Gun: Maverick doesn’t even begin streaming on Paramount+ until Dec. 22. Pretty interesting, considering the fact that Paramount nearly dumped the film on streaming during the pandemic before Cruise put his foot down and nixed that idea.
“Top Gun: Maverick truly epitomizes the magic of the moviegoing experience, and we wanted to provide fans the opportunity to once again enjoy this cinematic spectacle as it was meant to be seen,” Paramount’s distribution president Chris Aronson said in a statement. “This feels like the perfect time to bring Top Gun: Maverick back to theaters so audiences everywhere can once again experience how special this film is.”
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Top Gun: Maverick is the rare film to have received an A+ CinemaScore. It marks Cruise’s biggest opening as well as his highest-grossing film ever, and it’s the first movie ever to be #1 at the box office over both Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. The film is also Paramount’s highest-grossing domestic release ever, and the highest-grossing Skydance production ever, beating out Mission: Impossible — Fallout.
Additionally, the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack reached #1 album and soundtrack on iTunes, the #1 soundtrack on Amazon, and the #2 album on Spotify, with Lady Gaga‘s “Hold My Hand” and One Republic’s “I Ain’t Worried” breaking through top 50 lists across the music charts.
Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer co-star in Top Gun: Maverick, and tickets for the re-release are on sale now. Maverick remains the best movie I’ve seen all year, so if you were one of the few to have somehow missed it on the big screen the first time around, I urge you to head to your local theater and check it out.