This Is The Navy Weaponry That Top Gun 2’s Box Office Haul Could Buy
Top Gun: Maverick has made a carrier-load of money. Here’s what Navy aircraft, ships, and munitions it could buy.
In the roughly month and half since Top Gun: Maverick opened in theaters to rave reviews, the long-awaited sequel has raked in $1.13B at the box office. The film is still filling theater seats even while competing with Marvel's latest entry into the Thor franchise. With a huge part of the backend, it will mark Tom Cruise's biggest payday, which is remarkable considering the 60-year-old's incredible career and COVID-19 continuing to blunt the movie industry. Now there are talks of a sequel (of course there are) that could turn Top Gun into a traditional franchise. Regardless, against a budget of $170M, this thing made a ton of cash, but considering the world of military technology it leverages as a backdrop, it can be viewed as an amazingly small or large amount, depending on what you compare it to within that world.
So, what Navy weaponry could be bought with Top Gun: Maverick's box office total? The answer may surprise you:
-16 F/A-18 Super Hornets. That is over a squadron and a half of Boeing's '4.5' generation naval strike fighters that star in the movie.
-You could fly around 6,275 hours in one of those Super Hornets for that same sum.
-The Navy could buy six-to-seven E-2D Hawkeyes, the U.S. Navy's other flying star in Top Gun: Maverick.
-If flying rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong is your thing, then you could buy 14 KC-130Js
-Or around 11 CMV-22 Osprey carrier onboard delivery tiltrotors.
-Roughly two Littoral Combat Ships with their mission packages.
-You could operate an LCS 16 years
-Just shy of a single constellation class next generation Frigate.
-Around half of one Arleigh Burke class destroyer.
-You could operate that destroyer for 14 years.
-About 1/3 of a Block IV Virginia class nuclear fast attack submarine.
-Roughly 1/12 of a Ford class supercarrier.
-2625 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
-1032 AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-To-Air Missiles (AMRAAMS)
-Close to 29,000 GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs
-Roughly 5100 GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb IIs/Storbreakers
-51500 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMS)
-321 AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs)
-184 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) missiles
-735 Block V RGM -109 'Tactical' Tomahawk cruise missiles
-630 RIM-162 Block II Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles
-481 Block IIIC SM-2 Standard surface-to-air missiles.
-262 SM-6 advanced multi-purpose missiles
-1250 RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles
The film has done incredibly well, but when you compare its big gross number with what the Navy doles out for hardware it can add a bit of perspective as to what all that capability depicted in the move or associated with it actually costs.
Regardless, go see it! It's a fun movie with great aerial sequences. If you can, do so in a SCREENX theater, it was a great addition to the experience!
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