Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 Tom Cruise action flick, broke a record for the largest Memorial Day weekend opening, beating out 2007’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End.
Maverick grossed $160.5 million from Friday to Monday, according to Deadline and Variety, though Box Office Mojo puts its Memorial Day Weekend opening and total gross at $156 million.
It’s not clear how long the movie’s legs will be, but for other movies in the weekend’s all-time top 10 list, their opening weekend accounted for roughly 32% to 52% of their total box-office receipts, according to Box Office Mojo.
$176.8 million. That’s how much the original Top Gun grossed in 1986.
Largest Memorial Day Weekend Openings
According to Box Office Mojo.
- Top Gun: Maverick (2022), $156 million
- Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), $139.8 million
- Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008), $126.9 million
- X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), $122.8 million
- Fast & Furious 6 (2019), $117 million
- Aladdin (2019), $116.8 million
- X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) $110.5 million
- The Hangover Part II (2011), $103.4 million
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), $103 million
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), $90.1 million
Cruise reprised his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell from the original Top Gun in Maverick, as did Val Kilmer as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky. They are joined by Miles Teller as Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of Anthony Edwards’ character Goose, and Jennifer Connolly, who portrays Penny Benjamin, Maverick’s love interest. Director Joseph Kosinski told Insider that not every character from the first film was considered to be in the sequel, particularly Charlie (Kelly McGillis) and Carole (Meg Ryan). “Those weren’t stories that we were throwing around. I didn’t want every storyline to always be looking backwards,” he said. “It was important to introduce some new characters.”