BOX OFFICE: “Top Gun: Maverick” climbs to a $150 million opening weekend

Tom Cruise’s biggest opening weekend ever proves that there was pent up demand for that “Top Gun” sequel, no matter how much time has passed or how middling the first movie was.

Tuesday and Thursday previews rolled into Friday has “Maverick” at almost $52 million heading into Sat. showings.

Paramount is saying it’ll do $123 or so Fri-thru-Sunday, and Memorial Day Monday will take it over $150.

But what about “Bob’s Burgers,” you say, animation but not necessarily for kids? A $5.7 million Friday points to a $19 million holiday weekend for Twentieth Century pictures.

“Doctor Strange” had a middling $4-5 million Friday and won’t hit $20 this weekend. Finally.

“Everything Everywhere All At Once” continues to hold audience and add to its status as the biggest hit A24 has ever released. Another $3.1 million by Monday night, clearing the $57.5 mark. Over $60 by next weekend, topping out at $70? $75?

“The Lost City” added another $1.9 to finally clear the $100 million mark. Maybe Sandy Bullock needs to team up with TC.

“Men” isn’t setting the world on fire. Another $1.5, just over $6 and counting.

Figures from Exhibitor Relations — ercboxoffice.com — and Box Office Pro

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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