Top Gun: Maverick has the box office sizzling… again. In its second weekend of release, Tom Cruise’s all-American action film collected a sensational US$86 million (S$118.3 million) from 4,751 North American theatres. Those returns rank among the top 10 highest-grossing second weekends in domestic box office history.
Pandemic times or not, the Paramount and Skydance release is eclipsing significant box office milestones at record speed. After only 10 days on the big screen, Top Gun: Maverick has generated US$291 million in North America and US$548.6 million globally.
Thanks to positive word of mouth, rapturous reviews and premium screens, ticket sales for Top Gun: Maverick dropped only 32 per cent from its US$160 million debut over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend. It’s the smallest second-weekend decline for a movie that opened to US$100 million or more, according to Comscore. That’s an especially impressive benchmark – even for a reviewed movie – because blockbusters, like Maverick, tend to be front-loaded and drop at least 50 per cent after opening weekend. By comparison, Spider-Man: No Way Home And Marvel’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness each declined 67 per cent in its sophomore outing, while Robert Pattinson’s The Batman fell 50 per cent in its second weekend and Eternals plunged 62 per cent.
Surprisingly, Top Gun: Maverick has already become Cruise’s highest-grossing film ever at the domestic box office, overtaking the record previously held by 2005’s War Of The Worlds (US$243 million).
“It has never been more appropriate to say ‘the sky’s the limit’ for Top Gun: Maverick,” Paramount’s president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson wrote in a note to press.
Few films wanted to compete with Maverick for eyeballs, though director David Cronenberg’s body horror film Crimes Of The Future opened in limited release. From Neon, the movie launched to US$1.1 million from 773 theatres, translating to a decent US$1,423 per location. Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart star in the gruesome Crimes Of The Future, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Without any new releases from major studios, Top Gun: Maverick enjoyed free rein over North American box office charts. Holdovers titles Doctor Strange sequel, The Bob’s Burgers Movie, The Bad Guys and Downton Abby: A New Era took spots two through five.
In second place, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness added US$9.3 million from 2,430 venues between Friday and Sunday. After five weeks in theatres, the Marvel movie has earned an impressive US$388.7 million domestically and a mighty US$909.4 million globally. Without playing in China or Russia, which are two major international markets, Doctor Strange 2 is the ninth-highest grossing title in Disney’s 28-film Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also stands as the highest-grossing release of the year globally and second-biggest earner of the pandemic era.
Disney and 20th Century’s The Bob’s Burgers Movie remained in third place in its sophomore outing. Ticket sales declined 64 per cent to US$4.5 million from 3,425 cinemas, bringing its North American tally to US$22.2 million. At No 4, Universal’s animated heist comedy The Bad Guys added US$3.3 million from 2,872 locations in its seventh weekend of release. To date, the film has amassed US$87 million.
The Downton Abbey sequel rounded out the top five with US$3 million from 3,471 theatres. Since its launch, Downton Abbey: A New Era has grossed US$34 million in North America. The follow-up to 2019’s Downton Abbey cost US$40 million to produce, meaning the latest Downton adventure has some ways to go before getting into the black.
Elsewhere, A24’s little-indie-that-could Everything Everywhere All At Once crossed US$60 million domestically in its 11th weekend of release. On the same weekend it landed on home entertainment, the film expanded to 1,434 theatres and grossed US$2 million, declining only 18 per cent from the weekend prior. Per A24, the genre-bending Everything Everywhere All At Once is expected to surpass Hereditary (US$80 million) to become A24’s highest-grossing film worldwide. It’s already the studio’s highest-grossing film at the domestic box office, recently passing Uncut Gems (US$50 million).