Box Office: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Expected $150 Million Opening

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Superheroes aren’t the only ones making an impact at the box office.

According to Deadline, “Top Gun: Maverick” grosses $150 million over four days – the best opening for the film’s lead role, Tom Cruise.

Comscore shared that over Memorial Day weekend, the “Top Gun” sequel now takes the top-grossing spot of the holiday weekend. It beat 2007’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” which grossed $139.8 million.

Tom Cruise attends the UK Premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" in Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London.
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Tom Cruise attends the UK Premiere of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London.
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The release of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, which was delayed for two years due to the coronavirus, is expected to bring back diversity at the box office. In previous years, theaters were dominated by the superhero fanfare on Memorial Day.

TOM CRUISE ARRIVES AT ‘TOP GUN’ SEQUEL PREMIERE IN SAN DIEGO VIA HELICOPTER

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 90% of Friday’s viewers were over 25. Viewers left the theater giving the film a coveted A+ CinemaScore.

The film’s star, Tom Cruise, is set to have his biggest career opening, with a four-day gross of at least $92 million, per official tracking. Cruise’s 2005 “War of the Worlds” holds the spot of its first national opening with a three-day gross of $64.9 million.

Cruise’s second-best movie opening was “Mission Impossible – Fallout,” released in 2018. According to Comscore, the movie fetched $61.2 million. All of the star’s other films have opened with less than $60 million.

"Top Gun: Maverick" marks the best career start for Tom Cruise.

“Top Gun: Maverick” marks the best career start for Tom Cruise.
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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ hits theaters 36 years after the original ‘Top Gun’ was released in 1986. Cruise marketed his new film heavily by attending premieres in San Diego, the Cannes Film Festival, a royal screening in London and a premiere. in Japan.

For the San Diego premiere, Cruise arrived by helicopter. The 59-year-old movie star’s helicopter landed on the retired aircraft carrier USS Midway in San Diego. The helicopter bore Cruise’s name and the “Top Gun: Maverick” logo.

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Cruise, dressed in a suit and wearing aviators, waved to fans as he exited the helicopter.

From the start, Cruise made it clear that “Top Gun: Maverick” would “never” hit streaming services, despite being delayed for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tom Cruise arrives by helicopter at the world premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, California.

Tom Cruise arrives by helicopter for the world premiere of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, California.
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“Maverick” was originally slated for release in July 2019 via Paramount Pictures but was delayed to August 2018 “to allow production to work through any complex flight sequences,” according to Deadline.

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Fox News’ Tracy Wright contributed to this report.

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