Paramount Pictures’ “Top Gun: Maverick” skyrocketed to first place at the domestic box office this weekend, collecting $124 million. By the end of the four-day holiday break, the blockbuster is expected to amass $151 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.
The action flick scored the biggest domestic launch ever for veteran movie star Tom Cruise, who reprised his iconic role from 1986’s “Top Gun.” So far, the highly anticipated follow-up has shattered early box office expectations, which predicted the film would haul in $130 million by the end of the long weekend.
To put things in perspective, the original “Top Gun” also dominated the domestic box office when it opened to $8.1 million more than three decades ago at the height of Cruise’s early career.
Also new to theaters this weekend was 20th Century Studios’ “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” which finished third with $12.6 million. Rounding out the top five are Disney and Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which added $16.4 million in its fourth weekend for a North American cumulative of $370.8 million; Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” which made $5.9 million in its second weekend for a North American cumulative of $28.5 million; and Universal Pictures’ “The Bad Guys,” which pulled $4.6 million in its sixth weekend for a North American cumulative of $81.4 million.