Tom Cruise from “Top Gun: Maverick”
This weekend, Tom Cruise has a chance to do something like never before. We will release more than $ 100 million of movies with domestic box office revenue.
A prolific actor who has made a name for himself as a fearless stuntman, he has generated more than $ 4.2 billion in domestic box office revenue since 1981, but has never released more than $ 65 million in movies.
After some pandemic-related delays Paramount “Top Gun: Maverick” will arrive at the theater this weekend with a 97% “fresh” rating from Rotten Tomatoes and a strong pre-sale ticket.
Sean Robins, Chief Analyst at BoxOffice.com, said: “Not only are we talking about the best new career for Mr. Cruz, but it could also break the Memorial Day weekend record.”
Robins said there is a lot of demand for “Top Gun: Maverick.” Not only was it delayed several times because of Covid, but strong reviews from critics renewed interest in the 1986 original pop culture touchstone sequel.
Box office analysts currently predict that the film’s domestic release will go from $ 98 million to $ 125 million.
Even if the movie doesn’t reach $ 100 million, it’s still expected to be the best opening weekend for cruises in the country. According to Comscore data, his current record was the 2005 “Space War,” which earned $ 64.8 million.
“We can almost choke that weird fact to the reality that Tom Cruise rarely puts himself in the blockbuster franchise that directs his front road debut,” Robins said. “Most of his films are built around star power and word of mouth, generating long box office revenue in ways that are no longer at the forefront of industry thinking.”
Robins added that Cruz rarely makes a sequel to the movie. The exceptions are Mission: Impossible Franchise and 2016’s second Jack Reacher movie. Released in 2018, Mission: Impossible-Fallout is Cruise’s highest-selling movie, earning $ 220 million domestically and $ 791.1 million worldwide. “Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part 1” will be released next year.
In addition, $ 100 million in box office revenue has generally risen over the past decade, as ticket prices have risen sharply and fan-led franchises such as Marvel and DC have attracted movie fans to make a large number of appearances at weekend openings. became. Warner Bros. this year alone, as the cinema industry is trying to regain its footing after a two-year pandemic limit. “Batman” and Disney’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” have opened for over $ 100 million.
Paul Delgarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, says Cruise’s legacy of box office revenue is about longevity.
“As one of the few stars to build a career from the long-term playability of his film, Cruise has the overall drawing power of his film, rather than chasing the coveted $ 100 million opening weekend. By chasing after, I changed the rules. Long distance. “
“That’s why he’s worked with great creative partners over the last decade to make some of the most entertaining movies that hit the multiplex,” added Delgarabedian.
Almost half of Cruise’s 43 films earn a total of more than $ 100 million in domestic box office revenue. His film has generated over $ 10.3 billion in ticket sales worldwide over the last 40 years.
“As a film producer, Cruz understands the practical dynamics of strong box office performance, but the internal organs and film power and fan emotions that only big-screen films can offer, especially for his action-oriented films. It’s also connected, “said Dargara Bedian.
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