Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” an all-American blockbuster, has taken off at the box office, pulling in $19.3 million on Thursday.
The massive haul on Thursday ties it as the best possible preview for Paramount Pictures as well as the greatest preview for the Memorial Day holiday. Of the $19.3 million, Imax screens accounted for $4.1 million, or 21.2 percent of the whole sum. The number places the film in the top 10 highest-grossing Imax results of all time and shatters all records for both a Paramount title and a Tom Cruise movie.
The long-awaited sequel to the 1986 film “Top Gun” might become the first film in Cruise’s career to gross $100 million in its first weekend. Skydance co-produced and co-financed “Top Gun: Maverick,” which is anticipated to rack up between $85 million and $100 million during the long Memorial Day weekend in light of rave reviews, tremendous anticipation, and a ton of nostalgia.
The release of “Top Gun: Maverick” was initially set for the summer of 2020, but the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic caused Paramount to shelve its release. After a two-year hiatus, the highly anticipated blockbuster eventually made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, where avid moviegoers flocked to get a glimpse of the film’s star in action.