On Sunday, Tom Cruise passed a significant professional milestone.
‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ a picture starring the 59-year-old Hollywood legend, achieved its first $100 million (€93 million) opening weekend.
The long-awaited sequel to the popular 1980s picture grossed an estimated $124 million (€115 million) in its first three days in North American theatres, according to Paramount Pictures.
The film has grossed $248 million (€230 million) globally, with 23,600 screenings in 62 countries.
“These results are ridiculously outstanding,” Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at Paramount, said. “I’m delighted for all of you. “I’m delighted for the company, Tom, and the filmmakers.”
‘Top Gun Maverick‘ is expected to gross over $150 million in the United States, according to predictions (US).
While his films have regular long-term success, Cruise, despite being one of the world’s most well-known actors, isn’t known for enormous blockbuster openers.
Before ‘Maverick,’ he made his biggest domestic debut with Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi thriller ‘World of the Worlds,’ which debuted in the summer of 2005 and grossed $64 million (€59 million).
In 2018, ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ took the top spot with $61 million (€57 million).
On the internet review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Maverick’ garnered a 97 percent approval rating from critics.
According to exit polls, the film received an A+ CinemaScore from audiences, with 58 percent of them being men.
The sequel to Tony Scott’s 1986 film ‘Top Gun’ was supposed to be released in the summer of 2020, however, it was postponed.
The coronavirus epidemic, on the other hand, caused multiple delays in the plans.
Even when other production companies opted for hybrid releases including both theatres and streaming sites, Cruise and Paramount remained committed to a huge theatrical release during this time period.
Cruise remarked at the Cannes Film Festival last week, “That was never going to happen.”
The movie is said to have cost $152 million (€141 million) to produce, and there has been a lot of hype surrounding it.
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Cruise attended a royal premiere in London with Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, in addition to premieres on an aircraft carrier in San Diego, California, and in Cannes, France.
‘Maverick’ is currently among the top-grossing pandemic-era films; nonetheless, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ continues to dominate with $260 million (€242 million), followed by ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ with $187 million (€174 million) and ‘The Batman’ with $134 million (€124 million).