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'Top Gun: Maverick' jets to new box office record

'Top Gun: Maverick' jets to new box office record



'Top Gun: Maverick' finally takes flightReplayMore Videos ... (16 Videos)'Top Gun: Maverick' finally takes flightHarry Styles makes $300 music video with James CordenTom Cruise terrifies James Corden with wild plane ride'American Idol' winner says he wants to 'stay in the house for a bit'Netflix just released the first 8 chilling minutes of 'Stranger Things'Watch 'SNL' favorites say goodbyeWatch Tatiana Maslany transform into She-HulkSelena Gomez looks for love on 'SNL'Watch: New 'Avatar: Way of Water' trailer just dropped'SNL': Benedict Cumberbatch celebrates mothersWatch: New footage from the 'Game of Thrones' prequel 'House of the Dragon'Whoopi Goldberg goes off on anti-abortion advocatesLate night hosts compare SCOTUS draft opinion to dystopian seriesSee James Codren's emotional announcement that he's leaving 'The Late Late show'Ed Sheeran releases music video filmed in UkraineWatch: Rudy Giuliani revealed as 'The Masked Singer' contestantNew York (CNN Business)"Top Gun: Maverick" took off at the box office this weekend — setting a new record in the process.

The sequel to the 1986 blockbuster, which has Tom Cruise reprise his most iconic role as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, made an estimated $156 million domestically for its four-day opening weekend, according to Paramount (PGRE).That gives the film the record for biggest opening over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, overtaking "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," which made $153 million in 2007."Maverick" surpassed expectations at the ticket booth this weekend. Analysts forecast the film to make closer to $80 million for its weekend opening and $150 million over the four day holiday. It's easily Cruise's biggest debut at the box office over his 40-year career and marks the star's first $100 million opening.Which Tom Cruise film has made the most at the ticket booth?On top of all of that, "Maverick" is the third-biggest debut of the year behind two superhero films, Marvel's "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" and Warner Bros.' "The Batman."Read MoreStudios and theaters couldn't ask for a better way to dive into the summer — the film industry's most lucrative season.Recently, Paramount has struggled to find its footing in an ever-evolving Hollywood.That's not the case in 2022.Films such as "Scream," "The Lost City" and "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" have helped give a boost to Paramount and "Maverick" continues that trend.As for theaters, "Maverick" is another blockbuster helping the industry rebound from two brutal years of the pandemic decimating the business."Top Gun: Maverick," which garnered a stellar 96% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes, now has a clear runway to rack up even more success at the box office. There's not another major film on the docket until Universal's "Jurassic World: Dominion," which opens June 9.


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