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Top Gun: Maverick Breaks Another Record: Lowest Ever Drop Recorded Beating the Batman, Doctor Strange 2

Top Gun: Maverick co-produced by Skydance, is rising to the top charts for its second weekend of release, making up to $25 million on Friday following 4,751 sites. Fans are enjoying this big domestic opening with 4,732 North American cinemas, “Maverick” also counting on 19 more for its sophomore tour.

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Box office Top Gun: Maverick records

Carried by brilliant reviews, it’s enormous and demands repeated viewings, Top Gun: Maverick is looking at a 33% drop in its second weekend. The legacy sequel made $25 million this Friday and is projected to reach $84.5 million in weekend two. This is the lowest drop in domestic box office history for a film that cleared above $100 million.

Top Gun: Maverick Eyes $290 Million at Domestic Box Office After 33% Drop

Top Gun Maverick reached the hit list of 2022
Top Gun: Maverick reached the hit list of 2022

Top Gun: Maverick earned $126 million in its debut weekend at the domestic box office, which increased to $160 million across the Memorial Day weekend. It smashed the earlier Memorial Day record, held by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and solidified a new standard for star Tom Cruise, whose last best opening was War of the Worlds’ $65 million. Internationally, the film crowned $400 million in its first week. By comparison, Maverick’s launched 33% fall is an improvement over current hits such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and The Batman, which reported 67% and 50.4% falls, respectively, in their second weekends.

For Paramount, this is the 5th and biggest box office hit of the year, followed by Scream, Jackass Forever, The Lost City, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The studio anticipates Maverick’s domestic total to hit the $290 million tagged by Sunday. It is already Tom Cruise’s enormous film domestically, beating War of the Worlds’ $243 million hauls in 2005. Even for Tom Cruise, a drop as low as 33% is mostly unknown in recent years. The actor’s last hit, 2018’s “Mission: Impossible Fallout,” knocked down 42.5% in its second weekend after opening to $61.2 million.

Tom Cruise's biggest blockbuster of the year
Tom Cruise’s biggest blockbuster of the year

Top Gun: Maverick will face competition next week when Universal’s trilogy-capping Jurassic World Dominion will be released domestically. The film is marked to receive $50 million in a few international territories this weekend. At last, Columbia Pictures expanded 954 locations for “Morbius,” the latest entrance in the studio’s Universe of Marvel Characters, providing the Jared Leto vehicle one last drive at the box office in its tenth weekend. The film is projected to receive $280,000 over the three-day frame, captioning an 840% mark in ticket sales from last weekend.

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