'Top Gun' Stays Aloft With $86M in Its 2nd Weekend

By JAKE COYLE, AP Movie Author

NEW YORK (AP) — The high-flying “High Gun: Maverick” continued to soar in its second weekend, dropping simply 32% from its opening with $86 million in ticket gross sales, in response to studio estimates Sunday.

The Paramount Photos launch, with Tom Cruise reprising his position from the 1986 authentic, is holding steadier than any movie of its sort has earlier than. Its modest drop — 50-65% is extra typical for blockbusters — is the smallest decline for a film that opened above $100 million. “High Gun: Maverick” debuted with $124 million final weekend.

Abroad, director Joseph Kosinski’s movie is performing even higher. In 64 abroad markets, “High Gun: Maverick” dipped solely 20% in its second weekend with $81.7 million.

Using stellar phrase of mouth, terrific evaluations and a worldwide promotional tour, “High Gun: Maverick” has already grossed $548.6 million worldwide, making it simply one the largest hits of Cruise’s profession. In home ticket gross sales ($291.6 million to this point), the “High Gun” sequel already ranks because the 59-year-old’s greatest performer.

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Whereas “High Gun: Maverick” is unlikely to match the $1.89 billion worldwide of Sony Photos’ “Spider-Man: No Means House,” the largest box-office smash of the pandemic, Cruise and firm have been hailed for main the ultimate push within the restoration of film theaters. Paramount delayed its launch two years.

However whereas “No Means House” had little-to-no big-budget competitors by way of January, “High Gun: Maverick” kicks off a string of extra carefully packed summer season motion pictures. Subsequent weekend, Common Photos debuts “Jurassic World: Dominion,” the end result of the dinosaur franchise trilogy of sequels. The week after that, the Walt Disney Co. releases “Toy Story” spinoff “Lightyear,” the primary Pixar launch to open in theaters in additional than two years.

“High Gun: Maverick,” which really added screens in its second week to increase its file whole to 4,751, will quickly discover itself in additional of a canine struggle for viewers consideration.

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