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