Top Gun: Maverick gifts Tom Cruise his first $100-mn opening weekend at the North American box office

Tom Cruise-starrer Top Gun: Maverick amasses $248 million worldwide during the opening weekend

Tom Cruise has been in the entertainment business for many decades. But his first $100 million opening weekend had to wait till his latest outing.

The dashing actor’s latest flick, Top Gun: Maverick has earned his first $100 million opening weekend at the box office. The film has the Hollywood superstar reprise his role as US Navy pilot Pete Mitchell, also known as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, which he played years ago, in 1986, in the original titled Top Gun.

Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel, scored all the good points at the North American box office during the three days of its opening, and went on to pocket close to $124 million in ticket sales. The figures, revealed by Paramount Pictures, has come as shot in the arm for the action loving superstar even as he has added age to his years at the Hollywood podium.  Meanwhile, it is being estimated that the film has amassed $248 million worldwide.

Top Gun: Maverick marks Cruise’s return as Pete Mitchell

A report quoting Paramount Pictures said that the success of the film is over-the-top fantastic. Tom Cruise’s return as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell had been awaited worldwide, and when he did that, he did not disappoint at any point. What audiences were looking for from him was given to them, even more brilliantly as he went about doing his stunts in an astounding manner.

An earlier Tom Cruise film that came close to the $100 million mark during the opening weekend was ‘War of the Worlds’ way back in year 2005.  ‘War of the Worlds’ had amassed $64 million through the opening weekend when it was released then.

The success of Top Gun: Maverick also has prompted film enthusiast and observers to gauge it in the context of the Covd-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown and other restrictions. The film that opened after the pandemic slowly withdrew itself, has been placed at the fourth place in terms of opening earnings.

Yet another post-Covid success story

The Tom Cruise-starrer found its place behind the amazingly successful ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which finished second, and ‘The Batman’ which had the third slot going by the opening week collections.

The fascinating opening week for Top Gun: Maverick could bring a smile on Tom Cruise’s lips as he is now a 59-year-old actor and still doing action thrillers of the kind no one else that age would want to attempt doing.

Reviews are being written by film writers who have left astounded by the actor, and most of them are all praise for Tom Cruise, the theme and the making of the film.

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