May 29, 2022
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.