‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Takes Second Weekend Box Office as ‘Lightyear’ Stumbles in Debut

Universal Pictures’ dinosaur sequel Jurassic World: Dominion held onto the No. 1 position at the North American box office, generating more than estimated $58.6 million in its second week of domestic release through June 19. That was enough to hold off big name challenger, Pixar Animation’s Lightyear, which bowed with an estimated $51 million in ticket sales.

With a reported production budget approaching $200 million, Lightyear’s performance portends a troubling fiscal reality going forward. The movie was the first Pixar title to receive a theatrical bow since the dawn of the pandemic, with the three previous Pixar releases — Soul, Luca and Turning Red — going straight to the Disney+ streaming platform. The trend suggests some family audiences may have become accustomed to the streaming option — skipping the theater in anticipation of Lightyear coming to streaming shortly.

Others pin the underperformance to Disney generating several political controversies of late, as company executives vowed to insert more queer representation into its films, including a lesbian family in Lightyear. With star Chris Evans calling potential viewers who may be wary of such content in a childrens’ film “idiots,” conservative audiences were likely turned off by the publicity and stayed away.

For Dominion, the tally ups the movie’s North American gross revenue to $259 million. Filling out the podium: Paramount Pictures’ enduring sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which saw another $44 million in ticket sales across more than 4,000 screens. Significantly, the projected weekend gross ranks No. 2 behind 2009’s Avatar ($50 million) as the highest for a movie in its fourth weekend of release. Maverick has generated $466 million in North American revenue; $885 globally — tops for a Tom a Cruise movie.

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‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Thrashes Box Office with $143 Million Opening

Despite lukewarm reviews, Universal Pictures’ sixth installment in the “Jurassic” franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion, generated an estimated $143 million across nearly 4,700 North American screens to dominate its opening weekend box office through June 12.

The tally is just behind 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which opened with $148 million.

The previous box office champ, Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick, brought in an estimated $50 million in its third weekend of release, upping the sequel’s domestic haul past $393.3 million. Worldwide, the film has now generated $747 million in ticket sales.

Rounding out the podium: Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which saw another $4.9 million in ticket sales across more than 3,300 screens. After six weeks of release, the superhero actioner has surpassed $930 million at the global box office — without a Chinese release.

Disney-owned 20th Century Films’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie added $2.3 million in revenue across 2,600 screens to up its North American total to $27 million.

Universal/Dreamworks Animation’s animated heist comedy The Bad Guys tacked on an additional $2.25 million in ticket sales across more than 2,400 screens, upping its global tally past $229 million after eight weeks.

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‘Top Gun’ Reclaims No. 1 on U.K. Home Entertainment Sales Chart

Paramount Pictures’ 1986 aerial actioner Top Gun reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the Official Film Chart the week ended June 8, holding off the previous week’s No. 1, Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman, which dropped to No. 2.

Featuring Tom Cruise in the prequel to current box office juggernaut Top Gun: Maverick, the original movie returned atop the U.K. sales chart due to sales of DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray and digital downloads.

Universal Pictures’ Sing 2 (No. 3), Sony Pictures’ Uncharted (No. 4) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (No. 5) held their places from last week, finishing ahead of this week’s highest new entry Lancaster (Altitude), which tells the story of the WW2 bomber through the words of the last surviving crew members, archive material and aerial footage.

Warner’s The Matrix Resurrections (No. 7) and Dune (No. 8) finished ahead of Paramount’s Clifford: The Big Red Dog (No. 9), which climbed three spots to finish ahead of Disney’s Encanto (No. 10).

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The Official Film Chart Top 10 – June 8, 2022

Rank Previous Week Movie Distributor
1 2 TOP GUN PARAMOUNT
2 1 THE BATMAN WARNER
3 3 SING 2 UNIVERSAL
4 4 UNCHARTED SONY PICTURES
5 5 SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SONY PICTURES
6 NEW LANCASTER ALTITUDE
7 7 THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS WARNER
8 8 DUNE (2021) WARNER
9 12 CLIFFORD: THE BIG RED DOG PARAMOUNT
10 6 ENCANTO DISNEY

© Official Charts Company 2022

Tom Cruise Remains ‘Top Gun’ at the Box Office as ‘Maverick’ Hauls in $86 Million in Second-Weekend Revenue

Worries about a sophomore weekend slump proved misguided as Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick generated an estimated $86 million in ticket sales across more than 4,700 North American screens.

The $291 million domestic tally now marks Tom Cruise’s biggest North American release, surpassing $243 million for War of the Worlds in 2005. Internationally, Maverick has topped $257 million. More impressively, the sequel saw just a 32% drop from its $160 million opening weekend total — far below other recent blockbusters, including Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (both 57% declines), and The Batman, which saw a 50% drop in second-weekend ticket sales.

Disney-owne 20th Century Films’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie rounded out the podium with $4.5 million in week-two ticket sales, which upped its North American total to $22.2 million.

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Universal Pictures’ animated film The Bad Guys continued its strong box office run, adding $3.3 million in revenue to up its North American tally to $87 million.

The studio’s Downton Abbey: A New Era added $3 million to up its North American total to $34 million, and finish in the top five for the weekend.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ on Box Office Cruise Control Entering Second Theatrical Weekend

Following a record-setting Memorial Day theatrical debut, Paramount Pictures’ critically acclaimed sequel Top Gun: Maverick is poised to dominate its sophomore box office weekend with a projected $57 million in ticket sales over the three-day weekend through June 5. If those projections hold true, the North American box office take for the Tom Cruise actioner would soar above $242 million.

Additionally, the movie has a chance of becoming the highest-grossing theatrical release following the Memorial Day weekend — a distinction currently held by Paramount’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with $44.7 million in revenue in 2008.

Other enduring theatrical releases include Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with $9.7 million in projected ticket sales; The Bob’s Burgers Movie (20th Century Studios) at $5 million; Universal Pictures/Focus Features’ Downton Abbey: A New Era with $3.5 million, and Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys with $3.2 million.

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Action Film ‘The Moderator’ Available for Transactional Digital July 29

The action film The Moderator will be available in select theaters, on demand and for digital purchase July 29 from Saban Films and Paramount Pictures.

The film stars Irma Lake, Gary Dourdan, Robert Knepper and Michael Patrick Lane. 

In the film, when the senseless murder of her friends is left unsolved, a covert assassin decides to take justice into her own hands. Discovering the crimes were just the latest in a long streak of sadistic murders by an underground crime syndicate, she takes no prisoners in her blood-soaked mission for revenge as she hunts them down, one target at a time.

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Tops $156 Million in Debut, Best Memorial Day Weekend Opening Ever

Show me the money!

The words might be from a different Tom Cruise movie (Jerry Maguire), but the impact is just the same. Paramount Pictures’ oft-delayed blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick finally hit the big screen with a smash — generating more than $156 million in projected North American ticket sales across 4,725 screens over the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

The tally tops the previous Memorial Day weekend record of $153 million set by Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End in 2007.

For Cruise, the sequel to the 36-year-old original Top Gun marks the actor’s highest-grossing movie debut.

Rounding out the Memorial Day domestic box office: Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with $21.1 million to bring its domestic total to $375 million, and 20th Century Studios’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie, which generated $15 million in its theatrical debut across more than 3,400 screens.

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Paramount’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Looks to Crush Memorial Day Weekend Box Office

Entering the long Memorial Day weekend should be a box office success for Paramount Pictures’ oft delayed and highly anticipated sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, featuring Tom Cruise reprising one of the roles that made him a superstar.

Originally slated for the 2020 summer box office, the movie was shelved as the pandemic decimated the exhibition market. Now, the sequel is expected to help lure back baby boomer and Gen. X moviegoers (especially military families) who might be using the title as a reason to return to theaters. The movie is projected to top $100 million across North American screens from May 27-29, and $125 million when factoring Thursday, May 26 screenings.

No Tom Cruise movie has ever opened above $100 million at the domestic box office. While Paramount is betting the farm, opening the movie at a record 4,725 North American screens, it is reportedly projecting a four-day opening box office of $93 million. The film generated $19.3 million in Thursday previews. 

Supporting the lofty ticket sale projections are Cruise’s appeal with older female audiences, strong critical reviews (97% Rotten Tomatoes) and the actor’s promise to include more spectacular aerials — many flown by Cruise himself, an accomplished pilot.

On the opposite end of the weekend box office, Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ new release, The Bob’s Burgers Movie, is projected to generate $12 million to $15 million across about 3,400 screens.

Reelgood: ‘The Lost City’ Topped Streamed Content Through May 18

Paramount Pictures’ romantic actioner The Lost City came in at No. 1 among the top 10 titles streamed for the week ended May 18, according to new data from Reelgood, which tracks first-party data from 5 million users in the U.S. in real time.

Commenting separately at a May 19 investor event, Paramount Global CFO Naveen Chopra said Lost City performed better than expected at the box office ($98 million in North America; $166 million globally), before streaming on Paramount+ 45 days after its box office debut.

No. 2 on the chart is Paramount+ series “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” with Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” at No. 3, Peacock’s short-lived theatrical release Firestarter at No. 4, and Hulu miniseries “Candy” at No. 5. Netflix’s movies Operation Mincemeat and Senior Year also made this week’s ranking.

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Top 10 Shows and Movies of the Week

1. The Lost City (Paramount+)
2. “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” (Paramount+)
3.” The Lincoln Lawyer” (Netflix)
4. Firestarter (Peacock)
5. “Candy” (Hulu)
6. Operation Mincemeat (Netflix)
7. “The Staircase” (HBO Max)
8. Top Gun (Netflix/Paramount+)
9. “Outer Range” (Amazon Prime Video)
10. Senior Year (Netflix)

Paramount Announces Pact With YouTube for Global Livestream Touting ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Paramount Global on May 2 announced an exclusive partnership with YouTube to livestream the world premiere event of the Paramount Pictures theatrical release Top Gun: Maverick, starring Tom Cruise.

Produced by MTV News and Velocity, MTV News correspondents Josh Horowitz, Dometi Pongo and Simone Boyce will host the livestream and provide fans at home with the opportunity to view real-time exclusive content and red-carpet moments from the film’s San Diego premiere event on May 4. Fans can tune-in at 3:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. ET, via Paramount’s branded channels around the world.

Movie cast members and creative talent who will be in attendance, include Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Joe Kosinski (director), and Jerry Bruckheimer (producer), among others.

Paramount is seeking to harness the global YouTube footprint across its portfolio of consumer brands to distribute the event in real-time to millions of subscribers of the MTV, Comedy Central, BET and additional Paramount brand channels. The event will utilize YouTube’s new Live Redirect feature and direct global audiences from nearly 150 Paramount branded YouTube channels to the livestream.

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“Through our partnership with YouTube, for the first-time Paramount will fully capture the collective power of our global YouTube channels from our brands,” Lee Sears, EVP and head of velocity international, and GM of international events, digital, ad sales and integrated marketing for Paramount Global, said in a statement.

The partnership encompasses multiple touchpoints, with YouTube creators, such as Ian Boggs, attending the event’s red-carpet celebration in-person and offering subscribers exclusive behind-the-scenes moments. Regional channel managers across the globe will be interacting live with fans from the MTV YouTube channels in their native languages, to give fans a more engaging and inclusive global experience. The livestream will be promoted on Google TV carousel, and there will be an exclusive screening for creators later in May.

“This livestream event is such a powerful and innovative use of Paramount’s global reach across their network of YouTube channels,” said Fede Goldenberg, global head of TV and movie AVOD partnerships for YouTube. “We’re proud to partner with such an iconic brand on an experience that will delight fans around the world through exclusive access to the Top Gun: Maverick red carpet.”