Report: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Joins List of Sequels That Outperformed the Originals at the Box Office

Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick is currently in its third week in theaters and is breaking the box office mark of the original 1986 Top Gun, which is considered a classic of modern cinema. Top Gun: Maverick has generated $557.2 million on global ticket sales — up 55% from the $357.4 million the original generated in its entire theatrical run.

It should be noted that adjusted for inflation the original Top Gun’s box office tally tops $941.9 million.

Regardless, a study conducted by AskGamblers compiled a list of movie sequels that exceeded, on paper anyway, the fiscal performance of the originals.

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight grossed almost $1 billion against the $359 million made by Batman Begins, a difference of almost $640 million. Heath Ledger’s performance as Joker (and untimely death) was among the factors of the movie’s fiscal success.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers earned $229 million more than The Fellowship of the Ring, just a year after the latter was released, as fans all around the world were eager to know more about Frodo’s adventures.

Blade Runner, released in 1982, the movie starring Harrison Ford didn’t do exceptionally at the box office, grossing almost $40 million regardless of the generally good reviews. The 2017 sequel, Blade Runner 2049, which added Ryan Gosling to its cast next to Ford, made $219 million more.

Other movie sequels outperforming the original include The Avengers (2012), which made $119 million more than 2015’s Age of Ultron, and the Harry Potter franchise, as Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone made $965 million, while Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets grossed $875 million.

List of sequels that did better at the box office than their original counterpart
  Original movie Year Worldwide gross ($) Sequel Year Worldwide gross ($) Difference ($)
1 Batman Begins 2005 $358,858,124 The Dark Knight 2008 $998,615,789 $639.757.665
2 Shrek 2001 $491,812,794 Shrek 2 2004 $935,253,978 $443.441.184
3 The Matrix 1999 $465,974,198 The Matrix Reloaded 2003 $738,576,817 $272.602.619
4 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 $891,216,824 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2003 $1,120,214,046 $228,997,222
5 Blade Runner 1982 $39,535,837 Blade Runner 2049 2017 $258,829,058 $219,293,221
6 Top Gun 1986 $357,469,522 Top Gun: Maverick 2022 $557,200,000 $199,730,478
7 The Hunger Games 2012 $677,923,379 Catching Fire 2013 $864,868,047 $186,944,668
8 Toy Story 1995 $365,270,951 Toy Story 2 1999 $511,258,276 $145,987,325
9 X-Men 2000 $296,872,367 X-Men 2 2003 $406,348,630 $109,476,263
10 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 $770,882,395 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 2017 $869,113,101 $98,230,706