Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Top Gun is Top Movie: “Maverick” Scores Record Memorial Day Weekend Numbers — and Then Some


If you’re keeping track, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” was the Memorial Day king up til now. The Johnny Depp blockbuster scored $114 million over three days, and $139 million over the four day weekend in 2007.

But now we welcome “Top Gun: Maverick,” which cleared its first hurdle today and will take the second one tomorrow.

Right now the three day total is $124 million, ten million more than “Pirates.” At that rate, the four day total should come in around $150 million. Yowza! Add to that $124 million that’s already come in from other stops around the world.

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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