Wednesday, April 24, 2024

“Top Gun Maverick” Takes $32 Million Friday Looks Toward Tom Cruise’s Biggest Opening Weekend Ever


“Top Gun Maverick” will give Tom Cruise his biggest opening weekend everf, and his first $100 million ever.

Last night “Maverick” took in $32 million. Add to Thursday previews and we have an official opening night of $51 million. The movie is pointed to a $120 mil opening three day weekend.

That might be a little lower than expected. But for Cruise, who is not a traditional box office king, it’s great news. It’s especially good in the post-pandemic climate with audience still sketchy about hitting theaters.

So the movie is making its money back quickly, and Cruise, who likely has a huge stake in gross profits and dollar one, can afford to heap money on Scientology now down in Clearwater, Florida. Thank Xenu! Also thank director Joseph Kosinski, Christopher McQuarrie, Jerry Bruckheimer, and a very talented cast.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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