Tom Cruise from “Top Gun: Maverick”
Los Angeles – “Top Gun: Maverick” surged to $ 124 million over the opening weekend, making Tom Cruise the best debut in the country.
The prolific actor, who has made a name for himself as a fearless stuntman, has generated more than $ 4.2 billion in domestic box office revenue since 1981, but has never released more than $ 65 million in movies. did.
The Paramount Skydance movies also generated $ 124 million internationally, bringing the total weekend opening to $ 248 million. The studio expects the movie to reach $ 151 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. The film faces limited box office revenue until the June 10 release of Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion, so it could have a strong hold over the coming weeks.
“The summer movie season is back,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “Top Gun: Maverick’s performance, combined with one of the last real movie stars and great old-fashioned storytelling, will bring spectators of all ages to the theater and become part of a larger community. It reminds me, rather than watching a movie in my life. “
The big opening of “Top Gun: Maverick” is a positive sign of box office revenue still recovering from an ongoing pandemic. The film has attracted older viewers, a coveted demographic that has been delayed in returning to the theater since it was reopened in mid-2020.
According to EntTelligence, about 29% of tickets sold over the weekend were for screening before 3pm and 35% were for screening from 3pm to 7pm. This shows that a significant portion of the ticket sales were for the Matinee show. This is a time when older movie fans are attracted.
Only 11% of tickets were sold for screenings held after 9 pm. According to Paramount data, 55% of movie fans were over 35 years old.
According to EntTelligence, about 9 million movie fans are expected to see “Top Gun: Maverick” in the first three days of the theater. That’s more than four times the two million patrons who saw the original “Top Gun” in theaters when they made their debut in 1986.
Excluding Thursday’s preview, 32% of tickets were sold in premium-style shows, with average ticket prices reaching $ 16.32. The average non-premium ticket is about $ 12.86 per ticket, Ent Telligence reported.
The movie’s powerful performance will also appear weeks after Warren Buffett. Berkshire Hathaway Revealed what it had Purchased 68.9 million shares of Paramount As of the end of March, it will build $ 2.6 billion worth of shares.
Paramount was Berkshire’s 18th largest holding at the end of the first quarter. New stake adds another streaming property Its top holding in Berkshire’s portfolio is Apple.
Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBC Universal and CNBC. NBCUniversal is a distributor of “Jurassic World: Dominion”.