Top Gun: Maverick Beats Pirates Of The Caribbean For Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Opening

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Tom Cruise led Top Gun: Maverick played exceptionally well having a box office debut on its opening weekend. The Top Gun sequel returning after 36 long years performed better than what was being expected, giving Tom Cruise a major achievement in his career.

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Poster of Tom Cruise led Top Gun: Maverick

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Joseph Kosinski directed Top Gun: Maverick starring Cruise is set after 36 years when Maverick returns to the Top Gun, where events will make Maverick confront his past as he trains a group of younger fighter pilots, including the son of his late best friend Goose, for a dangerous new mission unlike any other.


Top Gun 2 Overtook Pirates Of The Caribbean In The Opening Weekend

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Top Gun 2 beats Pirates of the Caribbean 

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The sequel to the biggest movie of 1986 grossed $156 million in its 4-day opening weekend. The sales are higher than Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which grossed $153 million in its long weekend, making it the biggest Memorial Day Debut in history.

Though Paramount and Skydance had originally expected it to $151 million in its opening weekend, the film had a great turnout on Sunday with $126 million. Not only that but The movie was also played in 4,732 North American cinemas making it the widest release of all time.


Tom Cruise Got The Biggest Debut From Top Gun: Maverick

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Top Gun Sequel gives Tom Cruise Biggest Debut

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This is a promising movie especially for Tom Cruise as he got the biggest debut in his 40-years of a long career. That being said, this is Cruise’s first movie to surpass $100 million in a single weekend. Before the Top Gun sequel, 2005’s War of the Worlds stood as Cruise’s biggest opening weekend with $64 million followed by 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout with $61 million.

Top Gun: Maverick has earned the first A+ rating on CinemaScore and has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes which makes it one of Cruise’s best-reviewed films. At the international box office, the Top Gun 2 grossed $124 million, making the global estimate of around $248 million.


Joseph Kosinski directed Top Gun: Maverick a sequel to 1986’s Top Gun starring Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer.

Top Gun: Maverick is now available in theatres.


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