BOX OFFICE: “Top Gun” chases down “Dr. Strange,” “Everything Everywhere” clears $60, Cronenberg underwhelms

An $85 million second weekend has turned “Top Gun” into Tom Cruise’s biggest US hit ever. It should clear the $300 million mark by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

Boffo overseas, of course, but even Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible” career-savers didn’t dominate the way The Return of Maverick has.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” has dazzled, with another $8.8 million on its fifth weekend. That puts it over $388 million. Will “Maverick” hunt him down and bring him to heel?

“Bob’s Burgers” isn’t doing great, even for a cult animated TV series for adults adapted into a movie. Under $5 million on its second weekend, a 61-70% drop off from its opening.

The original animated caper comedy “The Bad Guys” is a reminder that even non-Pixar “original” animation, when done right and aimed for kids, is still the smarter bet. It earned another $3.3-4 and might come close to the $100 million mark before “Lightyear” from Disney/Pixar eats its lunch.

“Downton Abbey” is doing decent business for a period piece/sequel/TV adaptation-continuation. It earned another $3 but will be very fortunate indeed to reach $50 (it’ll have cleared $35 in North America by Sunday night).

The Indian wide(ish) release “Vikrum” did better on its opening weekend than David Cronenberg’s latest, “Crimes of the Future.” “Vikrum” will have netted $2.1 by Sunday night.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” will have cleared $60 million by Sunday night. Another $2 million or so this weekend add to its total as A24’s biggest hit ever.

“The Lost City” is winding up its run, with another $1.3 million. It should end its theatrical run at around $110 million.

Neon’s “Crimes of the Future” did less business than “Vikrum,” which was only on 2/3 of the screens David Cronenberg’s latest is on. $1.17 million, a tenth place finish on opening weekend. This is what a marketing failure looks like.

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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