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“Top Gun” remains in the air at $86 million in its second weekend

NEW YORK – The high-flying one “Top Gun: Maverick” It continued to surge its second weekend, falling just 32% from its opening with $86 million in ticket sales, according to the studio’s estimates on Sunday.

The Paramount Pictures release, which sees Tom Cruise reprising his role from the 1986 original, is more stable than any film of its kind before it. Its modest drop — 50-65% is more typical for blockbusters — is the smallest drop for a film that has opened above $100 million. “Top Gun: Maverick” debuted last weekend with $124 millionachieved Cruise’s largest opening to date.

Director Joseph Kosinski’s film did even better abroad. Across 64 overseas markets, “Top Gun: Maverick” fell just 20% over its second weekend to $81.7 million.

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ride stellar word of mouth, great reviews and a worldwide promotional tour, “Top Gun: Maverick” has already grossed $548.6 million worldwide, making it easily one of the biggest hits of Cruise’s career. In domestic ticket sales ($291.6 million to date), the ‘Top Gun’ sequel is already the 59-year-old’s best-selling actor.

While Top Gun: Maverick probably can’t match the $1.89 billion worldwide sales of Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home, the biggest box-office hit of the pandemic, Cruise and co. have been hailed for making spearheaded the latest push to restore cinemas. Paramount delayed its release by two years.

But during “No Way Home” had little to no big-budget competition in January, Top Gun: Maverick kicks off a tightly packed series of summer movies. Next weekend, Universal Pictures will debut Jurassic World: Dominion, the culmination of the dinosaur franchise trilogy with sequels. The week after, The Walt Disney Co. releases Toy Story spinoff Lightyear, the first Pixar release to hit theaters in more than two years.

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“Top Gun: Maverick,” which actually added screens in its second week to bring its total record to 4,751, will soon find itself more of a dogfight for audience attention.

“Jurassic World: Dominion” headed into 15 international markets over the weekend, where the film, directed by Colin Trevorrow, grossed $55.5 million. Universal said this is consistent with previous franchise entries. Jurassic World grossed $1.67 billion in 2015, while its sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom grossed $1.31 billion in 2018.

In US and Canadian theaters, no new wide release challenged Top Gun: Maverick. “Vikram,” an Indian action thriller film in Tamil, opened at $1.8 million in 460 theaters.

Fresh from its Cannes Film Festival premiere, David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future opened in 773 theaters for $1.1 million. The Neon release with Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewartis the Canadian author’s first film in eight years.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. The final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Top Gun: Maverick”, $86 million.

2. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” $9.3 million.

3. The Bob’s Burgers Movie, $4.5 million.

4. “The Bad Guys,” $3.3 million.

5. “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” $3 million.

6. “Everything everywhere at once,” $2 million.

7. “Vikram”, $1.8 million.

8. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”, $1.7 million.

9. “The Lost City”, $1.4 million.

10. “Crimes of the Future,” $1.1 million.

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