Box Office: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Cruising to 150 Million Memorial Day Opening

Box Office: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Cruising to 150 Million Memorial Day Opening
At long last, Tom Cruise is entering the 100 million opening club.

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.” “Maverick,” which was co-financed and co-produced by Skydance, originally carried a projected opening between 85 million and 100 million over the long weekend, though momentum has only grown since.

“Top Gun: Maverick” was originally set to premiere way back
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