Box Office: “Top Gun: Maverick” Projects $ 84.5 Million Second Weekend

Tom Cruise is king at the home box office again.

Paramount “Top Gun: Maverick“which was co-funded and co-produced by Skydance, soars to the top of the charts for its second weekend of release, raising $ 25 million on Friday from 4,751 seats. After enjoying the widest home opening last weekend with 4,732 North American theaters,” Maverick “In fact added 19 more for its second outing.

The studio projects $ 84.5 million through Sunday, a staggering 33% dive of its own $ 124 million three-day opening. A mild decline like this would be a superlative achievement, marking the smallest drop in domestic box office history for a film that opened over $ 100 million. By comparison, recent high-profile adults like “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and “The Batman” fell 67% and 50%, respectively, in their sophomore outings.

Even for a star like Cruise, a drop as low as 33% is largely unheard of in recent years. The actor’s latest hit, 2018 “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” fell 42.5% in its second weekend after opening to $ 61.2 million.

All this is to say that “Maverick” is doing very well. Word-of-mouth was sensational for the sequel, with the film earning a rare “A +” rating on Cinema Score, indicating maximum approval from general ticket buyers.

Paramount expects “Maverick” to expand its domestic gross to $ 290 million by Sunday. It is already Cruise’s largest film ever at the domestic box office, surpassing its previous best, the $ 243.3 million 2005 “War of the Worlds”, on Saturday.

Reunited with his “Oblivion” director Joseph Kosinski, Cruise returns to “Top Gun” as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who must train a new set of pilots for a delicate mission. Along with Cruise, the sequel stars Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer.

“Top Gun: Maverick” will soon have competition in the form of a fellow hit “Jurassic World: DominionWhen it premieres in North America on June 10. Universal began releasing “Dominion” overseas this week, debuting at strong $ 16.7 million on Thursday with an expected weekend gross of $ 50 million plus.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow, who directed the first “Jurassic World” of 2015, “Dominion” brings together stars from “Jurassic” movies past and present, including Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and newcomers DeWanda Wise and Mamoudou. Athie.

Disney’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” should take silver on domestic charts. Marvel’s sequel added $ 2.6 million on Friday and is expected to increase its domestic gross to $ 388.6 million by Sunday. That puts it on track to surpass the $ 389 million 2017 “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” to become Disney’s ninth highest-grossing production of Marvel Studios.

Disney’s “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” and 20th Century Studios are projected for the third. After grossing $ 1.3 million on Friday, the adaptation of the hit animated series Fox expects $ 4.4 million in its second weekend. That marks a considerable 64% decline from its opening, indicating that many fans of the series were likely to roll for the film as soon as it hit theaters.

Universal’s “The Bad Guys” will occupy the fourth, with a projected 24% drop in its seventh weekend. After a somewhat subdued opening, the DreamWorks Animation production enjoyed a series of soft drops, taking advantage of the market’s lack of child-friendly fare. “The Bad Guys” is set to increase its domestic gross to $ 87 million by Sunday.

Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey: A New Age” seeks to round out the top five of domestic charts. The costume drama sequel is expected to add $ 3 million this weekend, expanding its domestic gross to $ 35.7 million.

The Kamal Haasan vehicle “Vikram” was also launched in its state edition, pulling out about $ 870,000 on Friday from 460 locations. The Indian thriller is expected to earn around $ 2.2 million over the three-day frame.

Neon “Crimes of the Future”Makes a mild impression, aiming for tenth place opening after earning $ 490,000 on Friday from 773 places. The David Cronenberg-directed film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival just weeks ago. While many appreciated that the producer was returning to the realm of body horror, consensus seemed to agree that his latest is not exactly the most commercial prospect.

Finally, Columbia Pictures added 954 locations for “Morbius,” the studio’s newest entry into the studio’s self-titled Amazing Characters Universe, giving the Jared Leto vehicle one last push at the box office in its tenth weekend. The film is projected to earn $ 280,000 over the three-day frame, marking an 840% increase in ticket sales from last weekend.

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