Tom Cruise Headed To Biggest Opening Weekend Of Career ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Tom Cruise's long-awaited sequel to Top Gun hit theaters this weekend, and Top Gun: Maverick looks to be the biggest opening weekend of Cruise's career.
Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick (screen capture)

Tom Cruise’s long-awaited sequel to Top Gun hit theaters this weekend, and Top Gun: Maverick looks to be the biggest opening weekend of Cruise’s career.

From Variety:

Playing in 4,735 locations, the widest theatrical release in domestic box office history, “Top Gun: Maverick” is projected to earn $150 million over the holiday weekend.

On a three-day scale, Paramount is predicting a $123 million haul. That’s easily a new record debut for Cruise, whose previous best — a $64.8 million opening for 2005’s “War of the Worlds” — is getting left in the dust.

The legacy sequel to Tony Scott’s swoony 1986 original kicked off with a bang, drawing a $51.8 million opening day, including $19.3 million in Thursday previews.

That’s a record for Paramount Pictures, outdoing the $51.2 million opening day of 2010’s “Iron Man 2.”