Top Gun: Maverick soared to a box office career best for the movie’s star, Tom Cruise.
The Top Gun sequel took the weekend’s top domestic box office spot with $124 million, according to Comscore. Including international showings, earnings totaled $248 million.
By the end of the holiday weekend, the film is projected to have earned $151 million domestically and more than $260 million worldwide.
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“These results are ridiculously, over-the-top fantastic,” said Chris Aronson, Paramount’s president of domestic distribution. “I’m happy for everyone. I’m happy for the company, for Tom, for the filmmakers.”
The film’s success marks Cruise’s first $100 million debut. Prior to Maverick, Cruise’s best domestic openings reportedly included 2005's War of the Worlds with $64.9 million and 2018's Mission: Impossible - Fallout with $61.2 million.
Maverick drew the most interest among audience members over age 35 when compared to any film in the COVID-19 era. According to IndieWire, 55% of viewers were over 35 years old.
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Behind Maverick, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness came in at the box office’s No. 2 spot, followed by The Bob’s Burgers Movie, Downton Abbey: A New Era, and The Guys to complete the weekend’s top five movies.