Thursday, June 13, 2024

“Top Gun: Maverick” Made $86 Million Since Friday, Will Hit $300 Million on Monday


Since there’s not much in theaters to see, and the audience passed on surgery as the new sex, the news this morning is not a surprise.

“Top Gun: Maverick” made an astonishing $86 million in its second weekend, finishing today at $291 million. Tomorrow it will cross $300 million.

On Friday this thing crossed the $200 million mark! It actually picked up steam!

Most blockbusters in their second weekend fall around 50%. This one declined by only 32%.

What’s going on? When I was in a theater last weekend for “Downton Abbey,” a young woman told me she’d already seen “Maverick” four times. Four times! She could have been reading Proust, or going to an opera, or studying Greek. Instead, she was watching Tom Cruise and co, fly around attacking an unknown enemy and possibly starting World War III! Amazing!

Paramount execs must be drinking all weekend and having wild parties. Several years of silence, except for “A Quiet Place,” have turned up the noize! With a z!

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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