SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Paramount is now tracking Top Gun: Maverick at $150M over four days, which is the best opening ever stateside for Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski.
Box office authority Comscore has solved a statistical dilemma that was popping up all night: They’ve verified that Top Gun 2 has a record four-day Memorial Day weekend opening here. It beats the four-day holiday start of 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($139.8M) and the four-day of 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($126.9M).
What the hell was going on? Sources say Box Office Mojo incorrectly counted $13.2M in previews twice for the first day of At World’s End (so the four-day gross isn’t really $153M). Meanwhile, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull opened on a Thursday, so it’s technically designated as a five-day opener, and it made $151.9M over that span of time. I betcha Top Gun 2 beats that sum in four days as well. There’s just too much momentum here, especially coming off that rare A+ CinemaScore; a grade that bests the 1986 first installment’s A.
Paramount is calling Friday at $51.8M. If you back out $19.3M previews, Friday actually made $32.5M. The Melrose lot is expecting an uptick from that for Saturday of $37.5M (+15%). Three day is at $123M, still second-best for Paramount after Iron Man 2‘s $128.1M. It’s also the second-best opening ever for Jerry Bruckheimer after Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($135.6M). Imax and Premium large format screens are fueling 40% of the pic’s business.