There is no stopping Top Gun: Maverick and the film continues to give Paramount Pictures a reason to celebrate an already great year for the studio. Normally, movies that come during big opening weekends and a holiday have steeper drops in week 2, but not Top Gun: Maverick† In fact, the Top Gun sequel has the best second weekend drop for a wide release opening of over $100 million.
Top Gun: Maverick dropped a pretty small 32% to $86 million gross this weekend. The movie is now officially Tom Cruise’s biggest movie on the domestic front and the execution is nothing short of stunning. For comparison, Star Wars: The Force Awakens fell by 40% in the second weekend of December 2015 and Shrek 2 decreased by 33% in week 2 in 2004.
As per Deadline, 6.5 million cinema visitors came out for . via EntTelligence Top Gun: Maverick this weekend, bringing the number of walking visitors to 22 million people. This is a matter of repeat customers and casual moviegoers giving the movie a shot after hearing how great it is. The sequel also plays very broadly. This isn’t just fans of the 1986 movie coming out to reunite with Maverick. It attracts a wide range of demographic groups. 38% of the audience was over the age of 45, while the 25-34 audience comes in at 24%, with the 45-54 year-old moviegoers representing 20%.
The film also benefited from zero competition this weekend and it will be interesting to see how it holds up next weekend when Jurassic World: Dominion opens. It is possible that Top Gun: Maverick will hold out against Chris Pratt and the dinosaurs, as we haven’t seen word of mouth for a traditional blockbuster without the Marvel label in a long time. As it stands, Top Gun: Maverick has a running domestic total of $291.6 million and after grossing additional $81.7 million from overseas markets, the film has a worldwide total of $548.6 million.
As expected, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness maintains second place with a gross of $9.3 million. That is a decrease of 42% and it should be noted that: Doctor Strange hasn’t seen a drop of 50% or more since opening and that’s even with competition from Top Gun: Maverick† Not easy when there are two blockbusters in play and I really think it shows that people are just excited to go back to movies and spread the wealth. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness now brings the domestic total to $388.7 million and a mighty $909.4 million worldwide without major players like China or Russia in the game.
The Bob’s Burgers movie remains in third place this weekend with a gross of $4.5 million. That’s a steep drop from 64%, but it was kind of to be expected because the show’s fanbase came out for it last weekend and it’s playing to a rather niche audience. To date, The Bob’s Burgers movie has grossed $22.2 million at the domestic box office.
Still maintaining a top five position the bad guys, which took fourth this weekend with a gross of $3.3 million in its seventh weekend of release. That’s another small drop of 24% as the film continues to lure children and families. To date, the bad guys has grossed $87.2 million at the domestic box office to date.
Rounding out the top five is Downton Abbey: A New Era, which brought in $3 million over the weekend. That’s a drop of 48%, as the film didn’t really break out beyond its target audience, who didn’t come out for this sequel as it did for its predecessor. The film has grossed $35.7 million domestically so far and I suspect it will remain just under or just under $40 million, which was the production budget for the film.
While Top Gun: Maverick had the market to himself, David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the future opened in limited release in approximately 773 theaters for a gross of $1.1 million. That’s an average of $1,423 per theater, which is reasonable, but not groundbreaking either. The film played well in major cities, but Deadline reports that its gross diminished as they began to follow smaller cities. Cronenberg isn’t really known for its big tills, so this result isn’t too surprising, but it will be interesting to see how it performs once it opens wide.
What are YOUR thoughts on this weekend’s box office results?