‘Top Gun: Maverick’ beats ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ third installment in record number at box office


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“Top Gun: Maverick” beat the third installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean” in record number of box office openings over Memorial Day weekend.

Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun” sequel grossed $160.5 million over four days, while “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” grossed $153 million in 2007, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Top Gun: Maverick” marks a career-best opening for Cruise who, so far, hasn’t had an opening above $100 million.

The $160.5 million was revised from the $156 million announced on Monday and $151 million on Sunday.

Tom Cruise attends the UK Premiere of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London.
(Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

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“Top Gun” opened Friday at $51.8 million with more than $19 million in previews in 4,700 theaters in North America.

Ticket buyers gave the Jerry Bruckheimer film an A+ on CinemaScore, with more than 70% of audiences over 25 and 55% of viewers over 35.

Although one of Hollywood’s biggest hittersCruise hadn’t had a bigger opening since 2005’s “War of the Worlds” with Dakota Fanning.

The Steven Spielberg-directed sci-fi flick grossed $64.9 million over the three-day weekend.

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Tom Cruise attends the Japanese premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" on May 24, 2022, in Yokohama.

Tom Cruise attends the Japanese premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick” on May 24, 2022 in Yokohama.
(Ken Ishii)

Comscore also noted that “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” grossed $61.2 million in 2018, but Cruise’s films all opened under $60 million.

Cruise said “Top Gun” would “never” make its theatrical debut on a streaming network despite years of setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic.

When asked if he felt any pressure to release the film in any capacity on a streaming network, Cruise assured the public, it would “never” happen.

“That would never happen,” Cruise said with a laugh in excerpts posted to The Hollywood Reporter. “That would never happen.”

Cruise recalled picking up his phone and calling each cast member whenever the film’s release date was pushed back just to reassure everyone to stay calm and focused on what they had created.

Cruise recalls telling his co-stars, “Don’t worry, it’s going to happen.”

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Tom Cruise arrives by helicopter at the world premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Calif., May 4, 2022.

Tom Cruise arrives by helicopter to the world premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick” aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, California on May 4, 2022.
(Robyn Beck/AFP)

Days before the worldwide shutdown in March 2020, Paramount moved the film two days earlier for a June 24, 2020 release, but that was later pushed back to December 23. In July 2020, the film received another new one-year schedule change. due to the coronavirus pandemicCruise’s schedule, and “Mulan” and “Tenet” are set to release on the same days.

The studio’s scheduling problems continued when the film was postponed again to April 2021 for release in November and again in September 2021, when Leaders finally landed the May 27, 2022 launch date.

Fox News’ Tracy Wright contributed to this report.


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