Top Gun: Maverick is still going strong at the top of box office rankings, with Tom Cruise’s presence in tow.
The 1986 aviation epic’s sequel is ranked No. 1 at the box office for a second consecutive weekend after its best debut of Cruise’s career last week.
The movie is gaining momentum, and it’s not even over yet. The number has gone up by an extra sum of $86 million this weekend, taking its total all the way to $291.6 million, according to a Comscore report, while simultaneously surging worldwide at $548.6 million.
Cruise made a reprisal of his role as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the action film, marking his all-time biggest domestic theatrical opening. The movie gained a whopping sum of $156 million during its weekend release, breaking Cruise’s 2005 sci-fi action War of the Worlds’ record as his top opening at $64.9 million.
Kosinski was not aware of the enormous responsibility he had taken on – so much that he reflected an opening credit sequence from Tony Scott’s original movie in homage.
“I wanted that first few minutes to just tell you, this is a Top Gun movie, we love it as much as you do,” the filmmaker said in an interview with EW.
“From there, our story goes in a very different direction, but I wanted the first few minutes to let the audience know: Don’t worry, we love it too, this is going to be a Top Gun Movie.”
Similar to Captain Mitchell coming back to the Top Gun Naval School, Kosinski elaborated, “I wanted the audience to feel like we were going back to Top Gun. It had to have that same feel, but at the same time, I knew we’d have to tell our own story, and I’d have to find a way to innovate on my own.”
Along with Top Gun, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness remains at its No. 2 spot in domestic box office rankings this week as it gains an extra $9.2 million, while Bob’s Burgers Movie gains an extra $4.5 million standing in third place.
On the other hand, The Bad Guys and Downton Abbey: A New Era complete the top five list with an additional $3.3 million and $3 million, respectively.