The large Thursday haul marks the biggest preview for Paramount Pictures and the highest preview for the Memorial Day holiday. Of the 19.3 million, Imax screens accounted for 4.1 million, or 21.2 of the overall amount. The figure sets a best-ever mark for a Paramount title and a Tom Cruise movie, and it’s in the top 10 Imax results of all time.
The long-delayed sequel to 1986’s “Top Gun” could become the first movie of Cruise’s career to open to 100 million. Thanks to positive reviews, high anticipation and heaps of nostalgia, “Top Gun: Maverick,” co-produced and co-financed by Skydance, is projected to rake in 85 million to 100 million over the long Memorial Day weekend.
Paramount was originally supposed to open “Top Gun: Maverick” in the summer of 2020, but the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic