‘Top Gun: Maverick’ wins Tom Cruise 1st $100 million opening

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ wins Tom Cruise 1st $100 million opening

. Forget about breaking the sound barrier, Tom Cruise just crossed a major career milestone.

The 59-year-old superstar just got his first $100 million opening weekend with “Top Gun: Maverick.” In its first three days in North American theaters, the long-in-the-works sequel earned an estimated $124 million in ticket sales, Paramount Pictures said Sunday. Its worldwide total is $248 millions, including international showings.

It’s an impressive start for a film that still enjoys the wide-open spaces of Memorial Day to bring in more cash. According to projections and estimates, “Top Gun” will have more $150 millions by Monday’s end.

Cruise is undeniably the most famous star in the world, but he’s not known for his blockbuster openings.

Before “Maverick,” his biggest domestic debut was in 2005, with Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds,” which opened to $64 million. After that it was “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” with $61 million in 2018. His films aren’t necessarily poor-performing. They just don’t have a lot of frontloading.

The sequel to Tony Scott’s “Top Gun”, which was originally released in 1986,, was originally scheduled to open in the summer 2020.. This plan was thwarted by the pandemic, which caused it to be delayed multiple times. The sequel was directed by Joseph Kosinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It was co-produced by Skydance and co-financed with Skydance.

But, even though other companies made compromises on hybrid releases over the years, Cruise and Paramount remained firm in their desire for a major theatrical release. A streaming debut was not an option.

” That was not going to happen,” Cruise stated in Cannes.

And it is major, with 4,735 North American theaters (a record) showing “Top Gun: Maverick.” It also opened in 23,600 locations in 62 international markets. The build-up has been equally impressive, with fighter-jet-adorned premieres at San Diego’s Cannes Film Festival and at an aircraft carrier in San Diego. Prince William and Kate attended the London premiere.

Reviews have been stellar, too, with the film notching a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences, who were 58% male, gave it an A CinemaScore, according to exit polls.

Cruise reprises the role of Maverick. He returns to the elite aviation training program to teach the next generation of flyers including Miles Teller and Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro and Greg Tarzan Davis, Jay Ellis, Lewis Pullman, Lewis Ramirez, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Riley, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Els Teller, Jay Ellis, Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro and Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis and, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Ellis, Jay Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer reprise his role from the original film.

“Maverick” is now among the top pandemic era openings, still led by “Spider-Man: No Way Home” with $260 million, followed by “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” with $187 million and “The Batman” with $134 million.

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