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“Top Gun: Maverick” is still flying high a week after it debuted at the US box office.
According to Paramount, Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 hit — in which Tom Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell teaches a fresh group of recruits about the importance of speed — grossed an estimated $86 million in its second weekend domestically (PGRE).
That’s only a 32% decrease from the film’s record-breaking debut weekend. That kind of dip for a blockbuster is extraordinary, given that most of them are front-loaded, making the majority of their money on opening weekend.
According to Paramount, “Maverick” had the lowest percent change of any film that has debuted at $100 million. To put “Maverick’s” second weekend in perspective, other major films such as May’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and March’s “The Batman” also plummeted 50% in their second weekends, according to Comscore (SCOR).
According to Paramount, the picture has so far grossed $548.6 million worldwide.
Given its critical and popular acclaim, it is understandable that the film — which also stars Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, and Jon Hamm — has so far held much of its allure.
Critics gave the film a 97 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while audiences gave it an “A+” CinemaScore.
This weekend, it also had little competition at the box office. However, when Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion” hits theaters next week, that is expected to change. Nonetheless, “Maverick’s” success thus far cannot be understated.
For its four-day premiere over Memorial Day weekend last weekend, the film raked in $160.5 million in the United States, a new record for the highest opening over the holiday.
Cruise’s first $100 million opening was certainly his most successful in his 40-year career at the box office.
The film “Maverick” was originally meant to be released in 2020, but it was repeatedly postponed due to the pandemic. While numerous theatrical films have made the transition to streaming, “Maverick” was delayed until viewers could see it on the big screen, which Cruise insisted on.
So far, that method has allowed “Maverick” reach heights that few other films have achieved.