Top Gun: Maverick Becomes First Tom Cruise Movie To Earn $100M+ Opening

Top Gun: Maverick is the first Tom Cruise movie in domestic box office history to open with over $100 million. Cruise, whose career began in 1981 with 
Endless Love, is one of the most internationally bankable stars still working today. The iconic actor is the lead of the increasingly stunt-driven and continually profitable 
Mission: Impossible franchise, but he has also held major roles in iconic standalone projects like 
Risky Business
Jerry Maguire, and 
Born on the Fourth of July. Those latter two films also earned him two of his three Oscar nominations (his third was for the 1999 Paul Thomas Anderson drama 
Magnolia).,Although Cruise’s 1986 hit
Top Gun, in which he played hotshot fighter pilot Maverick, wasn’t meant to be a franchise-starter, this weekend has changed that fact considerably. The decades-later sequel 
Top Gun: Maverick hit theaters on May 27, 2022, following a delay of several years caused by the COVID-19 pandemic forcing theaters to close in early 2020. The film follows Maverick as he is called in to train a brand new crop of young pilots, including Rooster Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of the original film’s Goose and who blames Maverick for his father’s death. The cast also includes Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Jake Picking, Jon Hamm, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Manny Jacinto, and Val Kilmer returning as Iceman.,Related: How Long Is Top Gun: Maverick?,Per 
Deadline, not only has 
Top Gun: Maverick taken off into the stratosphere, it has broken a record for Cruise. The film, which is set to close out the holiday weekend at $150 million, making it the first Cruise film to open higher than $100 million. It is also debatably the highest-grossing film to open on Memorial Day weekend, though there is contention from Disney, which claims that 
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End earned $153 million that wasn’t properly accounted at the time.,Top Gun: Maverick blows the original 
Top Gun‘s opening weekend out of the water, but that is also due to the fact that the original film was more of a slow burn hit. That film opened at a paltry $8 million which, adjusted for inflation, comes out to roughly $21 million. It was number one in its opening weekend, but it was quickly knocked down by the Sylvester Stallone actioner 
Cobra before bubbling under as more of a sleeper hit, eventually rising back to the top after 
Cobra reigned supreme for three weeks, reclaiming its throne on its way to a domestic run of $176 million.,Now, the sequel to the pilot flick that could is competing in the big leagues with the comic book IPs that have conquered the pandemic-era marketplace. This incredible result for 
Top Gun: Maverick spells good news for Cruise’s upcoming blockbuster films. If this is the kind of opening weekend the star can pull for a sequel to a film that is almost 40 years old, his next 
Mission: Impossible outing, which is coming next year, is likely to do gangbusters as well.,Next: Where Is Kelly McGillis In Top Gun 2? Why Charlie Doesn’t Return,Source: Deadline