Box Office: Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun 2’ Triggers Sonic Boom With Projected $150 Million Opening

Superheroes and horror aren’t the only games in town at the box office anymore.

Paramount and Skydance Top Gun: Maverick grossed a whopping $51.8 million on Friday — including $19.3 million in previews — when it opened in more than 4,700 theaters across North America.

This puts the Tom Cruise movie on track to score the best Memorial Day opening ever with a projected three-day domestic haul of $123 million and $150 million for all four days. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is the current record holder at $139 million, according to Comscore. maverickThe launch of will also be a career best moment for Tom Cruise as predicted by THR earlier this week.

Abroad, Top Gun 2 does equally impressive business, considering he doesn’t play in China or Russia. The film grossed $24.5 million on Friday for a three-day total of $64.7 million. The UK led with $4 million to mark the highest opening day for a Cruise film and also for a live-action Paramount release. Japan followed with $2.6 million.

The release of the long-awaited sequel to the iconic 1986 film is set to be a watershed moment for the box office recovery, which so far has largely been fueled by male-backed superhero fare. aged 18 to 34.

Almost 90 percent of Top Gun 2The Friday audience was over 25, with 67% over 35, 45% over 45 and 21% over 55. Ticket buyers awarded the film a brilliant A+ CinemaScore.

As the holiday weekend approached, Paramount attempted to temper expectations, as tracking showed the film to open to over $92 million. Still, many experts believe the critically acclaimed sequel could gross well over $100 million domestically. But tracking – one of Hollywood’s favorite pastimes – has become difficult in the age of the pandemic. Exhibitors were particularly optimistic about the picture and already believed that it could reach 125-150 million dollars.

The film’s release was delayed for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cruise, a relentless promoter, has been on a global marketing tour in recent weeks that has seen him stop at a world premiere in San Diego, the Cannes film festivala Royal-sponsored screening in London and another premiere in Japan.

Cruise may be one of the biggest movie stars in the world, but his movies, including the Impossible mission movies – have never sported the kind of mega-openers that superhero tentpoles or other franchise installments can take advantage of (think jurassic world Where fast furious). Instead, his movies can play and play.

To date, 2005 War of the Worlds ranks as Cruise’s top domestic opening with a three-day gross of $64.9 million, followed by 2018 Mission: Impossible—Fallout at $61.2 million, according to Comscore and not adjusted for inflation. The rest of his films opened to less than $60 million.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick Cruise returns as ultra-skilled and confident captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

The film, which currently has a 97% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, stars Miles Teller, Jennifer ConnellyJon Hamm, Glen Powell and Ed Harris, while Val Kilmer also makes a brief appearance as “Iceman”, Maverick’s former nemesis turned friend. The film also features Lady Gaga’s ballad “Hold My Hand,” while the production team includes Jerry Bruckheimerwhich guided the 1986 film.

Seeking to provide counter-programming, Disney releases 20th Century’s Bob’s Burgers movie information in more than 3,400 theaters in North America. The PG-13 pic, based on the popular TV show that’s a favorite among teenage girls, brought in a better-than-expected $5.7 million on Friday for an eventual opening of over $19 million.

May 28, 8:15 a.m.: Updated with revised numbers.

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