With no major wide releases this weekend, Paramount/Skydance’s “Top Gun: Maverick” is continuing to dominate the box office with a $25 million grossed on its second Friday in theaters for an incredible estimated $84.5 million second weekend total.
Not only is that just a 33% drop from the Tom Cruise film’s $126.7 million 3-day opening, but it is also higher than the opening weekend of every other film in Cruise’s career, including every “Mission: Impossible” film. With this result, “Top Gun: Maverick” will see its domestic total soar to $290 million by the end of the weekend, already making it the top domestic grosser of Cruise’s career before inflation adjustment.
Fueled by overwhelmingly strong word-of-mouth nationwide, “Top Gun: Maverick” set a new Memorial Day weekend record with its $160.5 million 4-day opening. The film is now showing the same pace as Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” meaning that a $400 million-plus domestic run is now within reach depending on how this sequel performs against upcoming June blockbusters like Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion” and Disney/Pixar’s”Lightyear.”
Overseas, “Jurassic World: Dominion” has begun its international rollout in 15 markets including Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Italy. The capper of the “Jurassic World” trilogy earned $25.9 million on Friday and is set to earn around $50 million this weekend, in line with the two previous “Jurassic” films in like-for-like markets. With a release date in China and serving as a follow-up to two summer blockbusters that grossed over $1 billion worldwide, “Dominion” is expected to have a strong chance at joining “Spider-Man: No Way Home” as only the second film of the COVID era to hit that billion-dollar mark.
Monica has a BA in Journalism and English from the University of Massachusetts and an MS in Journalism and Communications from Quinnipiac University. Monica has worked as a journalist for over 20 years covering all things entertainment. She has covered everything from San Diego Comic-Con, The SAG Awards, Academy Awards, and more. Monica has been published in Variety, Swagger Magazine, Emmy Magazine, CNN, AP, Hidden Remote, and more. For the past 10 years, she has added PR and marketing to her list of talents as the president of Prime Entertainment Publicity, LLC. Monica is ready for anything and is proudly obsessed with pop culture.