Tom Cruise’s star-studded blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick” soared higher than expected in its second weekend of release.
The Paramount and Skydance movie raised $90 million this weekend, surpassing Sunday’s already huge estimate of $86 million. Thanks to positive word of mouth, riveting reviews and premium screens, ticket sales dropped just 29% in its second weekend — the lowest percentage in history for a movie that debuted at $100 million or more, according to Comscore. “Top Gun: Maverick” launched for a whopping $160 million over the Memorial Day long holiday weekend.
While it’s a curious statistic, the slight drop in the second weekend is impressive because big-budget blockbusters – even well-received – tend to drop by at least 50% after scoring huge opening weekends. In comparison, recent tent poles “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” each fell 67% during their sophomore outings, while Robert Pattinson’s “The Batman” fell 50% in week two.
After just 10 days in theaters, “Top Gun: Maverick” has grossed $295 million at the domestic box office, enough to overtake 2005’s “War of the Worlds” ($243 million) as Cruise’s highest-grossing film. in North America. Pandemic or not, it’s an astonishing result – and ticket sales are sure to continue to climb – for a movie that doesn’t involve any costumed heroes, aliens, or fantastical spells.
Internationally, the 1986 sequel to “Top Gun” has earned $257 million, taking the worldwide total to exceed $550 million. Even by pre-COVID standards, the $170 million budgeted “Maverick” puts box office expectations to shame with its high theater turnout.
At this rate, “Top Gun: Maverick” looks set to become Cruise’s biggest film at the global box office. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”, which grossed $791 million worldwide in 2018, is currently the actor’s highest-grossing blockbuster of all time. His other top-grossing tent poles include 2011’s “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” ($695 million worldwide), 2015’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” ($683 million worldwide) and “War of the Worlds” ($ 603 million worldwide).
As long as “Top Gun: Maverick” can maintain its popularity over the summer (and why not?), analysts believe box office receipts could exceed $900 million by the end of its theatrical run. Would the $1 billion mark be within reach? It will be more difficult without playing in China or Russia. But according to industry insiders, it’s not out of the question.
“It’s never been more appropriate to say ‘the sky’s the limit’ for ‘Top Gun: Maverick,'” Chris Aronson, Paramount’s president of domestic distribution, wrote in a statement on Sunday.
Joseph Kosinski directed “Top Gun: Maverick”, which has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and an “A+” CinemaScore. In the nostalgic film, Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell returns to the cockpit for the first time in decades to train a new group of cocky pilots for a deadly mission. Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer, who played Iceman in the first “Top Gun,” round out the cast.
While “Maverick” hasn’t had any significant competition this weekend, it will soon be taking on Universal’s dino-sized tent pole “Jurassic World Dominion,” starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, and Laura Dern. Let the battle of the blockbusters begin!