Friday, March 31, 2023

‘Top Gun’ tops out with $86M in second weekend

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — High-flying “Top Gun: Maverick” continued to soar into its second weekend, dropping just 32% from its opening with $86 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

Paramount Pictures’ release, with Tom Cruise reprising his role from the 1986 original, is more stable than any film of its kind before. Its modest drop—50-65% more typical for a blockbuster—is the smallest drop for a film with an opening above $100 million. “Top Gun: Maverick” debuted last weekend with $124 million.

Director Joseph Kosinski’s film is doing even better in Overseas. In 64 overseas markets, “Top Gun: Maverick” fell only 20% in its second weekend with $81.7 million.

Riding great reviews, great reviews, and a global promotional tour, “Top Gun: Maverick” has already grossed $548.6 million worldwide, making it easily one of the biggest hits of Cruise’s career. Has been. In domestic ticket sales ($291.6 million so far), the “Top Gun” sequel already ranks as the 59-year-old’s best cast.

While “Top Gun: Maverick” is unlikely to match Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: No Way Home” with $1.89 billion worldwide, the biggest box-office smash of the pandemic, Cruise and company are likely to make a final push. Welcome to. In recovery of cinemas. Paramount delayed its release by two years.

But while “No Way Home” had little-to-no big-budget competition through January, “Top Gun: Maverick” kicks off a string of more closely packed summer movies. Next weekend, Universal Pictures debuted “Jurassic World: Dominion,” the culmination of the Dinosaur franchise trilogy of sequels. A week after that, The Walt Disney Company released the “Toy Story” spinoff “Lightear”, the first Pixar release to open in theaters in more than two years.

“Top Gun: Maverick,” which actually added screens in its second week to raise its record total to 4,751, will soon find itself more in a dog fight for audience attention.


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