Tom Cruise’s Top Gun Maverick hits $124 million

Tom Cruise Possibly has performed one of the most daring stunts of his career – getting the audience to a movie instead of a superhero.

Top Gun: MaverickThe opening weekend was a big hit, taking in $134 million from a record 4,732 North American theaters. Paramount Skydance’s all-American action-adventure is expected to collect $151 million on Monday, beating expectations while also looking to set a new high-water mark for the Memorial Day opening weekend. (Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” which opened with $153 million over the long weekend in 2017, currently holds the holiday record). It proved dizzying commentary, tons of nostalgia, and sent Cruise back in the cockpit to perform real aerial stunts as pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

In terms of international box office, the sequel to 1986’s “Top Gun” took off with $124 million, an impressive figure since the film didn’t release in key territories like China and Russia. Overall, Top Gun: Mavericks grossed $248 million worldwide.

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

It’s also the hottest hit of the pandemic era after “Spider-Man: Nowhere” ($260 million), “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ($187 million) and “Batman” ($134 million). one of the videos.

Audiences over 40, when Paramount gave the green light for another Top Gun, the most important (55% of ticket buyers) ended up doing well, which is impressive given that it was the most reluctant to return Crowd Theater. Still, Maverick’s dazzling stunts appealed to a sizable percentage of millennial moviegoers — 45% of whom were 35 or younger — who were 36 years ago when Top Gun was released still alive. The film’s positive word of mouth should help continue to attract younger audiences.

David A. Gross, who runs the film consultancy Franchise Entertainment Research, called the film’s three-day numbers “remarkable.”

“The source material is still strong, the execution is excellent, and Tom Cruise makes it work impeccably,” he said.

Imax and 3D screens boosted Mavericks’ box office revenue, with 22% of total box office returns coming from premium formats. During the extended weekend, Imax alone is expected to contribute $21 million domestically and $32.5 million globally.

“If you think movies are dead, go watch Top Gun: Maverick and tell me what you think,” said Imax CEO Rich Gelfond. “This movie heralds the return of summer blockbusters, and it’s a catalyst that will accelerate demand for movies, just as the F-18 broke the sound barrier. You can’t sit in a theater with a huge screen and humbling speakers, And then thought there were other ways to experience Top Gun: Maverick.”

“Top Gun: Maverick” continued its stellar box-office record for Paramount, marking the studio’s fifth No. 1 release of the year. Without the help of comic books or rampaging dinosaurs, the studio’s 2022 roster — which also includes Sonic the Hedgehog ($182 million in North America), Lost City ($102 million in North America), The Scream ($102 million in North America), $81 million) in North America) and “Forever Fool” ($57 million in North America) – which resonated a lot in theaters. It’s an impressive backlash, as Paramount has released few films during the pandemic, instead combining Chris Pratt’s “Tomorrow’s War,” director Aaron Sorkin’s “Trial of the Chicago 7″ ” and Eddie Murphy’s “Upcoming 2 America” ​​and other blockbusters sent to streaming services.

Despite numerous delays (the Top Gun sequel was slated for summer 2020, until COVID-19 disrupted those plans), Cruise insisted that Maverick wouldn’t follow in the footsteps of those direct-to-stream films. Since the film received rave reviews, the two-year wait has begun to pay off. It has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a rare “A+” movie score.

“I’m glad we made the decision to stick with it,” Chris Aronson, Paramount’s head of domestic distribution, said of keeping the film on the big screen. “This movie is going to shine. It’s going to attract people from theaters that haven’t been here in a long time.”

Joseph Kosinski directed PG-13 “Top Gun: Maverick,” which begins decades after the original and sees Maverick train a new group of cocky pilots for an important mission. The cast includes Miles Taylor, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer, who played Iceman in the first Top Gun.

Top Gun: Maverick also needs theaters to justify its massive $170 million production budget, and that doesn’t include the tens of millions of dollars used to promote the film to global audiences. Those efforts included a high-profile premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, culminating in eight fighter jets flying over the Croisette (the French government paid for them). Skydance Media co-produced and co-financed the film.

There’s only one movie, Disney and the 20th century “Bob’s Burger Movie,” bravely pitted against “Top Gun: The Maverick.” For a movie based on a long-running animated TV show, “The Bob’s Burger Movie” earned an impressive $12.6 million across 3,425 venues, enough to land at No. 3 at the box office. The critically acclaimed film should end the long Memorial Day weekend with a $15 million price tag.

“Bob’s Burger Movie” follows “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which dropped to No. 2 after three weeks at the domestic box office. Disney’s latest Marvel Cinematic Universe installment fell 50%, adding $16.5 million from 3,805 theaters in its fourth weekend of release. It is expected to reach $21.1 million in the four-day framework. The superhero sequel starring Benedict Cumberbatch has so far grossed $375 million in North America and a whopping $868.7 million worldwide.

No. 4 “Downton Abbey: A New Age” has plunged 63% since its launch, taking in $5.9 million between Friday and Sunday. It is estimated to have grossed $7.5 million from 3,830 theaters by Monday. Two weeks after its theatrical release, the big-screen sequel to the beloved British TV show has grossed $30 million in North America and $68.9 million worldwide. The follow-up film cost $40 million to make, which means the latest Downton Abbey adventure has a long way to go before it can turn a profit.

Universal’s animated heist comedy “Bad Guys” made the top five from 2,944 locations with $4.6 million. By Monday, the family-friendly film should have made $6.1 million, which would bring its domestic box office to $82 million.

There aren’t many plans ahead of “Jurassic World: Reign” on June 10, and “Top Gun” is expected to keep flying high in the movie theater’s marquee.