Thursday, May 30, 2024

Box Office: “Top Gun” Will Cross $200 Million Today After 7 Days, “Downton Abbey” Building Audience


Big news: tonight “Top Gun: Maverick” will cross the $200 million mark. It opened one week ago tonight. That’s just 7 days. Last night, the sequel to the mid 80s film made $14 million, mid week. There’s no sign of a slowdown. Still waiting for updates on international numbers…

“Downton Abbey: A New Era” is hitting $32 million tonight and could be at $40 million by Sunday. The audience is building slowly. I went back to see it on Sunday afternoon and the place was filled. It wasn’t just senior citizens, either. There were young people, not white, and they told me they’d become fans of the TV series. So “DA” cuts across everything.

Disney announced today that “Doctor Strange 2” will go to DisneyPlus on June 22nd. It will be 45 days and $900 million worldwide when that happens. So everyone’s happy, especially Benedict Cumberbatch, who didn’t have to wait for a great drama and an Oscar to make his career. He’s set for life. But it would be nice if he had those other things one day, too.

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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