Top Gun: Maverick continues to defy predictions and has just set yet another box office record for Paramount Pictures, despite being the movie that was likely most impacted by pandemic-related delays.

The movie recently overtook Titanic as the studio's highest-grossing domestic film in their entire history, but now it has gone even further, surpassing $600 million at the international box office to become Paramount's highest grossing film globally. To borrow a line from the popular Berlin song, this achievement "takes our breath away."

Top Gun: Maverick continues to defy predictions Maverick beats out 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction to take the top slot for Paramount, and it has remained the studio's top earner this year despite competition from movies like Thor: Love and Thunder and the surprisingly popular Minions: The Rise of Gru.`

But Maverick has now raked in a remarkable $602.5 million at the international box office, bringing its total worldwide to a staggering $1.208 billion dollars, proving that not even the GentleMinions can match the demands of viewers throughout the world for speed.

The Tom Cruise-starring action movie is Paramount Pictures' highest-grossing live-action release ever in 28 markets, including the UK, Australia, France, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and South Africa. It follows titular captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell as he prepares a fresh batch of Top Gun graduates for a mission that seems unachievable.`

The movie has been so popular that it is now playing in IMAX and XD theatres across the country. These theatres are known for having limited viewing times, but if you've seen the movie in IMAX, you know it's well worth the money to see the breathtaking F-18 flight sequences.

Maverick has broken a number of milestones, including returning to the top spot at the global box office. It is also one of just forty-nine films in the history of cinema to earn over a billion dollars at the box office, alongside blockbusters like The Avengers, Jurassic Park, and Avatar.

Maverick's success is all the more remarkable given that it is only a legacy sequel and not a part of a franchise like the numerous Marvel films that have attained comparable box office success. For comparison's sake, the 1986 version of Top Gun only made $353.8 million, which is a pittance compared to what its successor has made.

Top Gun: Maverick, also starring Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis, and Val Kilmer, is playing in theaters now.