Saturday, June 15, 2024

Yes, “Top Gun Maverick” Sets Memorial Day Record, Best Ever Opening for Tom Cruise, No It’s Not an Oscar Movie


Yes, Tom Cruise has finally had a $100 million opening weekend. He’s also set the record for Memorial Day weekend.

No, “Top Gun Maverick” is not an Oscar movie.

“Maverick” through today has $156 million in the bank in the US. Yesterday’s record was set at $124 million. Overseas, there’s another $124 million at least. The worldwide total is heading toward $300 million.

No one expected less, folks. This is not a surprise. Paramount spent around $50 million to get it there.

“Maverick” will make at least $500 million worldwide. It sets up the star and the studio for the two “Mission Impossible” movies coming 2023 and 2024.

However, “Maverick” is not a Best Picture nominee. Tom is not a Best Actor nominee. The planes might get nominated. Jennifer Connelly could get a nod for looking great. But “Maverick” will be a hit with the Critics Choice Awards and maybe the Golden Globes, if they return. The People’s Choice Awards will love it. But no big Oscars. It’s a really great action movie, which is fine thing. Let’s appreciate it for what it is.

By the way, Cruise is still the celebrity leader of a dangerous religious cult. It’s called Scientology and his participation has been well documented. He also, as far anyone knows, hasn’t seen his 16 year old daughter in years. They’re “disconnected” because she’s being raised outside the cult.

Reality bites.

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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