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411 Box Office Report: Top Gun: Maverick Reigns With $151 Million Over Four Days

May 29, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
TOP GUN: MAVERICK, CinemaCon Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise hit a new height at the box office this weekend as Top Gun: Maverick destroyed the Memorial Day competition. The long-awaited sequel to the 1980s classic ruled with a $124 million three-day take and a projected $151 million through Monday. That blasts past the $100 million expectation most analysts had for the film’s start and reps the biggest start for a non-superhero film since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opened to $177.4 million in December of 2019.

The win also marks Cruise’s highest opening at the box office with absolute ease; for comparison, the actor’s previous record was War of the Worlds which started with $64.9 million in 2005. Cruise has always been a reliable box office performer, but it’s been more in terms of box office legs and even the Mission: Impossible films have never opened above $61.2 million.

But then, Top Gun: Maverick is something altogether different: a long-awaited follow-up to one of the most iconic action films of the 1980s. While some scoffed at the idea of reviving this franchise after so long, the audience was obviously there and showed up big time. It helps quite a bit that the film was riding a high off buzz, with enthusiastic reviews after it premiered at CinemaCon last month. (You can check out our own Jeffrey Harris’ review here.) The film has a fantastic 97% aggregate score at Rotten Tomatoes and audiences have been equally loving it with a 99% RT audience score and an A+ CinemScore.

That all means that the film should have very good word of mouth, which tends to lead to strong holds. To add further evidence to that, the holds throughout the weekend have been particularly strong and the film is doing great overseas as well with an additional $124 in international markets for $248 million worldwide through Sunday. Maverick should have little issues topping $300 million domestically at this point, which makes it a massive hit even against a $170 million budget. To say the least, Paramount Pictures is very happy about the results here and Cruise’s box office clout remains secure.

Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness made way for Maverick, ceding the top spot and slipping to #2 with $16.4 million through Sunday and a projected $21.1 million through Monday. The MCU film slipped 49% from last weekend’s take, with its totals currently standing at $370.8 million domestically and $831.8 million worldwide. The film is continuing its way to a $400 million mark by the end of its run in the US, and is another Marvel megahit against a $200 million budget.

The Bob’s Burgers Movie also did well in its opening weekend, as the animated film took in $12.6 million over three days and a projected $15 million through Monday. That’s above the early week predictions of $10 million and right at the low teens expectation that most had coming into the weekend. The feature film take on the Fox series benefitted from positive reviews (86% on RT) and great word of mouth (95% RT audience score, A CinemaScore).

It should be said that we don’t have numbers for international grosses on Bob’s Burgers yet. This film will likely have a decent run in theaters, as is normal for family films especially given its buzz and word of mouth. Its domestic total should be able to top $40 million. We don’t have a production budget for the film as of yet.

Downton Abbey: A New Era took a hefty drop in its second weekend, down 63% to $5.9 million over three days (and $7.5 million through Monday). That puts the film’s totals at $28.5 million domestically and $69 million worldwide against a $40 million budget, putting it on the road to profit. The sequel looks like to top $45 million stateside by the end of its run.

The opening of Bob’s Burgers didn’t hurt The Bad Guys, which was off just 25% in its sixth weekend with $4.6 million ($6.1 million over four days). The adventure comedy keeps barreling its way toward the triple-digit mark, with $81.4 million domestically and a great $197.6 million worldwide. Those are huge numbers against a $69 million production budget plus marketing. The animated film looks to end its run at around $95 million or so, with $100 million not out of the picture.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 also held on well, down 38% in its eighth weekend with $2.5 million through Sunday and $3.1 million through Monday. The Paramount film has now grossed $185.1 million domestically and $379.1 million worldwide, and is looking to close out at a $192 million stateside total. It’s a big hit against a budget of $90 million.

Everything Everywhere All at Once kept its run going, as the multiversal sci-fi action-comedy took in another $2.5 million through Monday and $3.2 million through Monday. The film was down just 20% weekend to weekend and has now grossed $56.8 million domestically and $65.9 million worldwide. The film is increasingly certain to pass $60 million and $65 million isn’t impossible. This one is a profitable venture for A24 even with a relatively high (for the studio) $25 million budget.

The Lost City isn’t done yet, as the adventure-romcom surged 15% to $1.8 million through Sunday and $2.3 million through Monday. The film is now at $101.7 million domestically and $178.3 million worldwide, a success against its $68 million budget. It will close out around $107 million or so.

Alex Garland’s Men took a hit that was kind of expected considering its divisive nature, dropping 63% frame-to-frame in its second weekend for $1.2 million ($1.5 million through Monday). This film’s brutal D+ CinemaScore indicated bad worth of mouth and that’s clearly having an effect. We don’t know the budget, but it’s only at $6 million domestic so far and is unlikely to make it to $10 million at this point.

The final spot at the box office was taken by Telugu-language film F3: Fun & Frustration. The India-produced comedy brought in $1 million, the latest film from the country to make its mark overseas. As is normally the case, this film shouldn’t last long at the box office because they tend to have frontloaded audiences here. Still, any American gross is just icing on the cake for these films so it’s a feather in the studio’s cap.

Top Gun: Maverick will lead the way again next weekend, as no studios put out blockbusters to counteract it. Instead, NEON is releasing David Cronenberg’s new sci-fi horror film Crimes of the Future which should is unlikely to top $10 million unless it has a wider theatrical release than expected.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Domestic Numbers)
1. Top Gun: Maverick – $124 million ($124 million total, $248 million WW)
2. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – $16.4 million ($370.8 million total, $831.8 million WW)
3. The Bob’s Burgers Movie – $12.6 million ($12.6 million total, $12.6 million WW)
4. Downton Abbey: A New Era – $5.9 million ($28.5 million total, $69 million WW)
5. The Bad Guys – $4.6 million ($81.4 million total, $197.6 million WW)
6. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – $2.5 million ($185.1 million total, $379.1 million WW)
7. Everything Everywhere All At Once – $2.5 million ($56.8 million total, $65.9 million WW)
8. The Lost City – $1.8 million ($101.7 million total, $178.3 million WW)
9. Men – $1.2 million ($6 million total, $6 million WW)
10. F3: Fun & Frustration – $1 million ($33 million total, $63.5 million WW)