Not only does that exceed expectations, which initially predicted “Maverick” to get closer to $80 million, but it also marks Cruise’s biggest opening weekend in his more than 40-year career. It’s Cruise’s first $100 million opening weekend and the third biggest debut of the year.
Paramount said “Maverick” is expected to earn $151 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend at the US box office. If the sequel, which sees Cruise’s Maverick teaching a new group of Top Gun pilots, lands on that number Monday, it will be one of the highest-ever openings for a Memorial Day weekend.
Worldwide, the film has earned $248 million to date, according to Paramount, who said 55% of the total in the US came from ticket buyers over the age of 35.
That strategy has paid off and shows that the big screen experience is still important to a large number of consumers.
The other good news for “Maverick” is that it could have legs at the box office for the next few weeks. The film received a perfect “A+” CinemaScore and has relatively no competition at the box office until “Jurassic World: Dominion” premieres in two weeks.
“‘Top Gun: Maverick’ has a clear runway,” added Dergarabedian. “By the time ‘Jurassic’ hits theaters, [‘Maverick’] will probably have already generated blockbuster numbers. It should have solid playability in theaters for the rest of the summer.”