Top Gun: Maverick is a film that asks how relevant Maverick (played by Tom Cruise) is in 2022 – and more broadly, how relevant the type of movie star Cruise represents is. Based on the stunning opening weekend of the second top gun movie, Maverick definitely still has his wings.
The opening weekend for Top gun 2 broke box office records, not just for Cruise but for opening weekends in general.
Big claims about a new era in Hollywood filmmaking might be premature (it’s still a sequel, after all, despite being released 36 years after the original). But the film showed that it’s not just superhero films that can be big box office hits – films can also gross $150 million in their opening weekend if they play pilots whose flying skills are also essentially superpowered.
Here’s how much Top Gun: Maverick made in its first weekend in theaters – and the records it broke there.
Top Gun: Maverick Opening of the weekend box office
On the normal three-day opening weekend (Friday-Sunday) Top gun 2 made $126 million at the domestic box office. Add the extra Monday for Memorial Day and the US weekend total was $156 million. (All numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo).
The US wasn’t the only market where Maverick had a strong weekend. The film grossed $20 million in the UK, $10 million in Australia and $9.7 million in Japan, for a worldwide gross of $282 million. This is a particularly impressive number given that the film is not being shown in Russia or China. On its opening weekend Top gun 2 was number one at the box office in all 30 countries for which Box Office Mojo has public data.
Top Gun: Maverick has the biggest Memorial Day opening weekend ever
The film’s US gross total is $17 million more than its closest Memorial Day rival. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The third installment in Johnny Depp’s flagship franchise held the record for 15 years before Cruise clinched it this weekend.
Cruise now has two films in the top 20 for Memorial Day opening weekends. Sitting on number 16 is Mission: Impossible 2which earned $70.1 million for its four-day weekend in late May 2000 (and $58 million this Friday-Sunday).
Top gun 2 has the biggest opening weekend of Tom Cruise’s career
…and with some lead. Technically, the biggest opening weekend for a Cruise film to date is the $73 million made by Austin Powers in Goldmemberin which Cruise has a cameo appearance in the movie-within-the-movie.
Of the movies Cruise starred in, war of the Worlds had the largest three-day opening weekend in 2005 with $65 million.
Aside from those films, all of his biggest openings have been Mission: Impossible—Stand out raised $61 million II 58 million dollars, villain nation $56 million III $48 million and the original Me 45 million dollars.
As this shows loner is also the first time a Cruise film has opened at more than $100 million.
Top Gun: Maverick has the widest release ever for a PG-13 film
Top Gun 2’s box office success was helped by the fact that it was released in more theaters than any other PG-13 film before it.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, the film opened in 4,735 theaters — even more Avengers: Endgame (4,662).
The film also has the second-largest opening of any MPAA rating The Lion King Reboot that opened in 4,802 theaters in 2019.
did Top Gun: Maverick have the biggest opening weekend of 2022?
No, that was a record it didn’t break. The three-day total of $126 million was in arrears The Batman with $176 million and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with $231 million.
How about the original top gun?
The success of the original top gun was much slower, like most film releases in the 1980s.
The film grossed $8.1 million in its first weekend beginning May 16, 1986, and went to number one on the box office that week. Its highest-grossing weekend came the following week, when the Memorial Day film grossed $9.4 million.
Although it never opened more than 1,600 cinemas, the film stayed in the charts for a long time. In 1986, the film spent 27 weeks in the top 10, finally exiting the charts over Thanksgiving weekend.
Top Gun: Maverick is now in cinemas.
https://www.newsweek.com/top-gun-maverick-box-office-ticket-sales-opening-weekend-records-1711686 All box office records broken