Top Gun: Maverick soared to the highest-ever Memorial Day weekend opening by raking in an impressive $156 million at the domestic box office in its first four days of release.
That means more than 11 million people will have pried themselves away from in-home streaming services, according to EntTelligence, a research firm. Add in overseas ticket sales, and the global opening total for Top Gun: Maverick over that period will approach $300 million.
The film has ousted Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which brought in $153 million in its 2007 release, as the top-performing Memorial Day opener of all time.
Top Gun: Maverick‘s launch is without a doubt a career best for Tom Cruise, and is the first time he has had a film open to $100 million or more. The film’s release was delayed for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Disney and 20th Century’s The Bob’s Burgers Movie, the only new release brave enough to battle Top Gun: Maverick, served up $12.4 million over the traditional weekend and $14.8 million through Monday.