‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Set For $180M Global Record For Tom Cruise: Box Office – Deadline

After holding one of the most anticipated sequels in decades due to Covid, Paramount is finally roaring its engines at its Tom Cruise feature. Best Weapon: Maverick in what is not only expected to be the best career opening 3x Oscar nominations worldwide at $180 millionbut also a record for him in the United States with at least $92M-$100M+ and who also looks to be one of the top ten debuts over the 4-day Memorial Day weekend.

Awareness around the world is very high, and although tracking in the United States shows that older men are more dominant, the expectation here is Top Weapon 2 is a ‘five-quad’ film as films in the industry call it an aggressive high-performance title.

Tom Cruise attends the red carpet for the Japanese Premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick” at Osanbashi Yokohama on May 24.
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Arguably, Paramount has been heating up its jets for the past month on a rolling global tour; a marketing plan that has attracted great acclaim from rival studios. Top Weapon 2 set off with a preview at CinemaCon Las Vegas in late April where exhibitors and the trade press immediately called it an awards season contender given the photo’s rich heart. This was followed by the world premiere of the San Diego naval base where the red carpet rolled out on the aircraft carrier USS Midway. Then there was a big splash at last week’s Cannes Film Festival, where Cruise sat down for a masterclass, receiving a surprise Palme d’Or while French fighter jets streamed over the Palais premiere. Then there was the London premiere, followed by the Tokyo premiere; that last country is a big country for Cruise where M:I – Fallout grossed over $42 million unadjusted for inflation. How do you know when the big movies are back? When Tom Cruise goes on his tentpole tour around the world.

All of this has increased to a certified new score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes; enough to convince infrequent moviegoers that it’s worth spending $12-$20 on tickets for the upcoming weekend.

In the US and Canada, a co-financed and co-produced Skydance sequel booked at 4,727 theaters; arguably the widest release ever, beating the number of locations in 2019 Lion King (4,725 theaters), and pandemic debut Spider-Man: No Way Home (4,336 theaters) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (4,534 sites). Preview begins at 3pm on Thursday. Yesterday, however, the coast-to-coast theater hosted “Top Gun Tuesday,” a special pre-opening fan event starting at 7 p.m. served on Dolby Cinema, IMAX, and other premium large-format screens.

Universal

Cruise’s previous 3 biggest days at the domestic box office was 2005 World War, which made $64.8 million in what was a July 4 extended launch that began on Wednesday June 29 of that year. As far as the worldwide opening goes, that’s Cruise’s $195 million mistake Mummy who was ranked as the best debut actor with $172.3 million. Note that starting includes Russia, where Top Weapon 2 won’t fly, and China isn’t going this weekend.

In all, 62 foreign markets are poised for the Joseph Kosinski-directed film in 23,600 locations for what will become a $80 million overseas opening.

Mission Impossible: Fallout
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The foreign box office is in a healthy place. Last weekend there were several suspensions, namely Bad People is +10%, so Top Weapon 2 is flying into the blue sky. In historical figures, Cruise’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout started with $94.6 million overseas, while Mummy is Cruise’s Best Offshore with $140.7 million. We’ve been told that there’s really no like-to-like considering the inheritance factor of Top Weapon IP, but some compare it to M: I – The Fall.

Today, France, Belgium, Egypt, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Norway, the Philippines, Sweden and Switzerland took off. Italy was one of the regions that launched the attack last weekend, where Best Weapon: Maverick shot to No. 1.

On Thursday, the following countries are open Top Weapon 2: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Middle East, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Meanwhile, Bulgaria, Estonia, India, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and Vietnam will depart Friday.

The only area of ​​disagreement is Korea, which is another mega Cruise market; the region is still recovering from Covid. It’s not a big piracy market, so when Top Weapon 2 landed there, looking to do well. M:I – Fallout nearly $50 million in historic ticket sales there. The Paramount/Skydance sequel is sure to do well in the mature Euro markets of the UK and France.

20th Century Studio

Another feature delayed due to the pandemic is Disney/20th Century Studios. That Bob‘s burgers Film based on the cult animated series Fox TV. Ordered at 3,400 locations, watch this movie $10M-$14M start login US and Canada. Pic on gas with preview Thursday at 5pm. Rotten Tomatoes stands at 93% fresh. The film also hit Australia, the UK, and New Zealand with some smaller Latin American territories. Directed by Loren Bouchard & Bernard Derriman, the picture follows Belchers, who are trying to save their restaurant from closing due to a sinkhole forming in front of it. Meanwhile their children try to solve the mystery that could save the place. H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, with Zach Galifianakis and Kevin Kline are the voice actors.

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