A-list actor Tom Cruise is now the star of the movie with the biggest opening weekend in the history of his career, and it’s not even close.
Cruise has starred in several blockbusters and has had solid opening weekends for many of his flicks, but nothing like the weekend premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick,” the long-awaited sequel to his 1986 smash “Top Gun.” And as such, the popular actor took time out this week to send a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone around the world who went to see the movie.
According to reports, the film took in an estimated $156 million domestically for its four-day opening weekend.
The movie also brought in $124 million in 62 international box office markets this weekend bringing the global total to $248 million. The movie brought in $19.4 million from 735 locations in the UK. In France, the movie brought in $11.7 million at 790 locations.
According to Deadline, “Australia hit similar milestones for Cruise and Par, with $10.7 million at 343 sites. Japan delivered a stellar $9.7 million at 381. Germany’s start was $6.5 million from 701.”
“Among markets to set Cruise records are also Brazil ($5.3M); Netherlands ($2.4M), Sweden ($2.2M), the Middle East ($6.3M), Belgium ($1.7M), New Zealand ($1.4M); Poland ($1.2M), Argentina ($1.2M), Finland ($1.1M – also the biggest opening of the year) and Portugal ($770K).”
Cruise said before the movie opened: “36 years after the first film, #TopGun: Maverick is finally here. We made it for the big screen. And we made it for you, the fans. I hope you enjoy the ride this weekend.”
After the weekend debut, Cruise thanked those who saw the film (and who are continuing to see it).
“Thank you to everyone who saw #TopGun: Maverick and helped make it a historic opening weekend,” Cruise noted on Twitter along with a fighter plane emoji.
Thank you to everyone who saw #TopGun: Maverick and helped make it a historic opening weekend.
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) May 31, 2022
Earlier this week, Fox News co-host and contributor Kayleigh McEnany sang the praises of the film, which is based on the U.S. Navy’s top fighter pilot training school.
In particular, McEnany noted that it was virulently pro-American and explained why China is angry about the film.
Producers initially removed the Taiwanese flag on the back of Cruise’s flight jacket over fears of angering China. But the flag made the final cut.
McEnany said: “I saw ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ yesterday. Every showing was selling out at the theater I went to. It is unapologetically pro-America and shows what unfathomable bravery and incomparable talent our military has. Wow!”
“Not surprised it is breaking records…” she added on Twitter.
I saw “Top Gun: Maverick” yesterday. Every showing was selling out at the theater I went to.
It is unapologetically pro-America and shows what unfathomable bravery and incomparable talent our military has. Wow!
Not surprised it is breaking records… https://t.co/8Udi5IdgeW
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) May 30, 2022
“Maverick” surpassed expectations at the ticket booth this weekend. Analysts forecast the film to make closer to $80 million for its weekend opening and $150 million over the four day holiday.
It’s easily Cruise’s biggest debut at the box office over his 40-year career and marks the star’s first $100 million opening.
On top of all of that, “Maverick” is the third-biggest debut of the year behind two superhero films, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and Warner Bros.’ “The Batman.”