Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick could give him his biggest opening weekend

Tom Cruise has been the lead star of some pretty big movies over the last four decades, Top Gun: Maverick could well give him his biggest opening box office of his career. Despite having some of the biggest movies of the last decade, including several big Mission: Impossible movies, Cruise’s highest opening weekend haul to date was a domestic debut of $64.8 million for 2005’s War of the Worlds. Based on the latest predictions detailed in The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like Top Gun: Maverick could give him his biggest domestic box office opening by a long way.

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Legacy sequels are hit-and-miss, with some managing to reignite interest in long-dormant franchises and others ending up tarnishing the previous movies. Top Gun’s reviews were never unanimously positive, so when it came to a sequel there was a very strong risk of history repeating itself. However, following the first reviews of the movie it is clear that not only is Top Gun: Maverick a better film than the original, but is also a very good movie full stop, currently sitting on a 97% approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Latest predictions suggest that Top Gun: Maverick will hit cinemas over Memorial Day weekend to deliver a $90 million plus domestic box office minimum, with many expecting it to break the $100 million and possibly even push $125 million in some analysis. That would put it among the biggest movies of the year, sitting under only Doctor Strange 2 and The Batman. A strong opening weekend, and a continuing stream of good reviews and word of mouth could mean that Top-Gun: Maverick could also find itself attempting to topple Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as the highest-grossing movie of the year so far.

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