After a decade in the making, two years of release delays due to the pandemic, and radical shifts in consumer behavior, Paramount and Skydance eventually began firing up the engines to release the Tom Cruise starred Top Gun: Maverick. Despite Tom Cruise’s star power, the $170 million picture was always going to be a gamble because it was a sequel to a 1986 film that was released more than three decades ago.
Following months of hype, the Spider-Man movie launched with the second-highest domestic opening ever at $260 million, before going on to become the first film since 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to surpass $1 billion at the box office. This achievement was made possible not only by the film’s spectacular start but also by the fact that it continued to win for weeks and months afterward. However, Paramount didn’t miss the target and has somehow managed to surpass the glory and collection of Spider-Man: No Way Home pretty early and easy.
Top Gun: Maverick dims the glory of Spider-Man
Top Gun: Maverick has surpassed Spider-Man: No Way Home’s box office record for the biggest second Friday of the pandemic era as it enters its second weekend in cinemas. On its second Friday (Christmas Eve), the Spider-Man blockbuster drew in an incredible $19.7 million, which the Top Gun sequel has already topped with $25 million – just a 52 percent decline from opening day compared to No Way Home’s 83.9 percent. Tom Cruise’s newest film is expected to gross $85 million to $90 million in its second weekend, resulting in a low decline of 33 percent to 28 percent. No Way Home grossed $84.5 million in its second weekend, a 67.5 percent decline.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness grossed $17.1 million on its second Friday (a decline of 81.1 percent) and $61.7 million on its second weekend (a 67 percent drop). Maverick is expected to gross roughly $295 million in its second weekend, with a domestic gross of $480 million to 520 million. By the end of the weekend, the long-awaited sequel will have surpassed 2005’s War of the Worlds as Cruise’s highest-earning domestic film, making $234 million.
Top Gun: Maverick has established itself as a tremendous force at the box office, defeating both No Way Home and Multiverse of Madness in their second weekends. This amazing box office performance may be attributed to a multitude of factors, all of which should keep it going for weeks to come. The Top Gun sequel is expected to surpass War of the Worlds as Cruise’s biggest domestic box office smash this weekend, and it is expected to top it worldwide.
Top Gun: Maverick starring Tom Cruise is now playing in theatres.
Source – The Direct