No longer are superheroes and horror the only game taking the crown at the box office.
On its opening day in more than 4,700 North American cinemas, the Paramount and Skydance film Top Gun: Maverick racked up a staggering $51.8 million on Friday, including $19.3 million in previews.
This ties the Tom Cruise film as the biggest Memorial Day opening of all time, with a predicted three-day domestic gross of $123 million and a four-day domestic gross of $150 million.
Top Gun: Maverick is coming off a hot streak internationally, despite not being released in China or Russia. On Friday, the picture raked in $24.5 million, bringing its early three-day total to $64.7 million. The United Kingdom held the top spot as the biggest opening day for Tom Cruise‘s prolific career and also for a live-action Paramount production. Japan came in second with $2,600,000.
Nearly 90% of Top Gun: Maverick‘s Friday viewership was over the age of 25, including 67% over the age of 35, 45% over the age of 45, and 21% over the age of 55. The film received an A+ CinemaScore from moviegoers.