Tom Cruise’ Top Gun Maverick opens to $124 million in Box Office

Tom Cruise He may have accomplished one of the most daring stunts of his career – urging audiences to go to the movies for something that didn’t include superheroes.

Top Gun: Maverickin massive ticket sales in its opening weekend, raising $134 million from a record 4,732 North American movie theaters. Basic All-American action adventure Skydance is expected to raise $151 million through Monday, defying expectations while also looking to set a new watermark in Memorial Day opening weekend. (Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” which launched with $153 million over the long weekend in 2017, currently holds the holiday record.) That’s testament to the dazzling reviews, cumulative doses of nostalgia and taking the cruise back to the cockpit to perform real aerial stunts as pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

At the international box office, the sequel to 1986’s Top Gun grossed $124 million, an impressive amount since the film is not shown in major regions, China and Russia. In total, Top Gun: Maverick grossed $248 million worldwide.

“Top Gun: Maverick” is the highest-grossing domestic debut of Cruise’s 40-year career, and its first to top $100 million in its opening weekend. “War of the Worlds,” which opened to $64 million in 2005, was previously Cruise’s biggest opening weekend.

It’s also one of the best opening shows in the pandemic era after “Spider-Man: No Way Home” ($260 million), “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ($187 million), and “Batman” ($134 million). ).

The over-40 crowd, the people who were top of the line when Paramount green-lighted another “Top Gun”, is in effect (55% of ticket buyers), which is impressive because demographics are the most reluctant to return to theaters. Nevertheless, the dazzling stunts in “Maverick” succeeded in attracting a large percentage of millennial moviegoers – 45% of people were 35 or younger – who were not alive at the opening of “Top Gun” 36 years ago. general. The film’s positive word of mouth should help it continue to reach younger audiences.

David A. Gross, who runs film consultancy Franchise Entertainment Research, described the film’s three-day-long character as “brilliant.”

“The source material is still solid, the execution is excellent, and Tom Cruise makes it work perfectly,” he says.

Imax screens and 3D screens were added to “Maverick’s” grosses, with 22% of box office grosses coming from the premium formats. Emacs alone is expected to contribute $21 million domestically and $32.5 million globally over the extended weekend.

“If you think the movies are dead, go to ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and then tell me what you think,” says Rich Gelfond, CEO of Imax. “This movie heralds the return of the blockbuster summer movie and is a catalyst that will accelerate demand for films like the F-18 that breaks the sound barrier. It’s impossible to sit in a theater, with a huge screen and chest-thumping speakers, and come thinking there’s no other way you’d want to experience it” Top Gun: Maverick”.

“Top Gun: Maverick” continues Paramount’s stellar box office streak, marking the studio’s fifth film to open this year at number one. Without the help of comic books or raging dinosaurs, the studio’s 2022 roster – also made up of “Sonic the Hedgehog” ($182 million in North America), “The Lost City” ($102 million in North America), “Scream” ( $81 million) in North America) and “Jackass Forever” ($57 million in North America) – had huge resonances in theaters. It’s an impressive recovery since Paramount has hardly released any films during the pandemic, instead sending big titles like “The Tomorrow War” by Chris Pratt, The Trial of the Chicago 7 by Aaron Sorkin, and Eddie Murphy’s “Coming 2 America.” to live broadcast services.

Despite countless delays (Top Gun 2 was scheduled to open in summer 2020 until COVID-19 molded those plans), Cruise was adamant that Maverick didn’t follow in the footsteps of those straight movies. . The two-year wait is already paying off since the film has been enthusiastically reviewed. It has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a CinemaScore “A+” rarity.

“I’m glad we made the decision to stick with it,” says Chris Aronson, Paramount’s head of local distribution, about keeping the film on the big screen. “This movie is going to be a huge hit. It will attract people to theaters who haven’t been around for a long time.”

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, PG-13 “Top Gun: Maverick” kicks off decades after the original and sees Maverick train a new group of seductive pilots for a crucial mission. The cast includes Miles Teller, Glenn Powell, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer, who played Iceman in the first “Top Gun”.

Top Gun: Maverick also needs movie theaters to justify its massive production budget of $170 million, which does not include the tens of millions spent promoting the film to audiences around the world. Those efforts included a spectacular showing at the Cannes Film Festival, which culminated with eight fighter jets flying over the Croisette (paid for by the French government). Skydance Media co-produced and financed the film.

Only one movie, Disney’s “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” of the 20th century, was brave enough to open it up against “Top Gun: Maverick.” For a movie based on a long-running animated TV show, “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” brought in a staggering $12.6 million from 3,425 places, enough for third place in the box office charts. The well-reviewed movie should end the Memorial Day long weekend at $15 million.

Behind “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” which fell to number two after three weeks at the top of the domestic box office charts. Disney’s latest Marvel Cinematic Universe release fell 50% to add $16.5 million from 3,805 cinemas in its fourth week of release. It is expected to reach $21.1 million over four days. The sequel to the superhero, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has grossed $375 million in North America and $868.7 million worldwide to date.

In fourth place, “Downton Abbey: A New Era” has fallen 63% since its opening, bringing in $5.9 million between Friday and Sunday. It is estimated to earn $7.5 million from 3,830 theaters by Monday. After two weeks in theaters, the big-screen sequel to the beloved British TV show grossed $30 million in North America and $68.9 million worldwide. The follow-up movie cost $40 million to produce, which means the latest “Downton” adventure has ways to cut it short before getting into the black movie.

Universal’s animated comedy “The Bad Guys” rounded out the top five with $4.6 million from 2,944 sites. By Monday, the family-friendly movie should make $6.1 million, which would take its domestic tally to $82 million.

Without much on schedule until the June 10 premiere of “Jurassic World: Dominion,” expect Top Gun Maverick to soar high above the marquee of the movie theater.