Top Gun: Maverick Explodes With a $248 million Opening Weekend
Top Gun: Maverick soared to a $248 million global opening weekend, breaking the record for the highest-grossing film in the domestic market for Memorial Day weekend and becoming the greatest launch of a Tom Cruise film at the box office. The positive reviews of the movie may have played a part.
With a $124 million bow, the North American market accounted for half of the worldwide premiere, while 62 overseas markets combined to earn the same sum spanning upwards of 25 thousand screens, the biggest overseas release in Paramount’s history. The studio expects the film to gross $151 million domestically by the end of the four-day holiday weekend in North America.
Tom Cruise Surpasses His Personal Best Opening With Top Gun: Maverick
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
This weekend, Tom Cruise broke his own personal greatest box office records, with Skydance and Paramount’s PARA +4.7 percent. Top Gun: Maverick flew to infinity and beyond during the Memorial Day weekend. The Joseph Kosinski-directed sequel, which again starred Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, and Jon Hamm, grossed $124 million from Friday through Sunday. The picture will make about $151 million between Friday and Monday, making it the second-largest Memorial Day weekend opening behind Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($128 million/$153 million in 2007). Given the excitement (including an A+ from Cinemascore).
The United Kingdom Does Best Among The International Market
Source: The Wrap
The rest of the international scene follows suit, with Top Gun: Maverick giving Tom Cruise his best opening weekend in 32 nations and becoming the highest-grossing film in the world. The strong start for “Top Gun: Maverick” is encouraging for the box office, which is still reeling from the ongoing pandemic. The picture pulled in older people, a desirable group that has been sluggish to return to theaters since they reopened in mid-2020.
According to EntTelligence, around 29 percent of tickets sold during the weekend were for screenings before 3 p.m. and 35 percent for films between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. This suggests that a major portion of ticket purchases were for matinée screenings, which elderly moviegoers prefer. Only 11% of tickets sold after-9 p.m. showings. According to Paramount research, 55% of moviegoers were above the age of 35.