U.S. actor Tom Cruise arrives at the premiere of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ in London, Britain May 19, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

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LOS ANGELES, June 5 (Variety.com) — “Top Gun: Maverick” sizzled at the box office…again.

In its second weekend of release, Tom Cruise’s all-American action flick raked in a whopping $86 million from 4,751 North American theaters. These returns rank among the second 10 highest-grossing weekends in domestic box office history.

Pandemic time or not, the Paramount and Skydance release is eclipsing major box office milestones at record speed. After just 10 days on the big screen, “Top Gun: Maverick” has grossed $291 million in North America and $548.6 million worldwide.

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Thanks to positive word of mouth, rave reviews and premium screens, ticket sales for “Top Gun: Maverick” fell just 32% from its $160 million debut over the long weekend. end of Memorial Day holiday. It was the smallest second-weekend drop for a movie that opened at $100 million or more, according to Comscore. That’s a particularly impressive benchmark — even for a rewatched movie — because blockbusters, like “Maverick,” tend to front-load and drop at least 50% after opening weekend. In comparison, Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ and ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ each dropped 67% on its second outing, while Robert Pattinson’s ‘The Batman’ dropped 50%. in its second weekend and “Eternals” plunged 62%.

Amazingly, “Top Gun: Maverick” has already become Cruise’s highest-grossing film at the domestic box office, surpassing the record previously held by 2005’s “War of the Worlds” ($243 million).

“Never has it been more appropriate to say ‘the sky is the limit’ for ‘Top Gun: Maverick,'” Paramount President of National Distribution Chris Aronson wrote in a note to the press.

Few films wanted to rival “Maverick” for eyeballs, though director David Cronenberg’s body horror film “Crimes of the Future” was released in a limited release. From Neon, the film launched at $1.1 million in 773 theaters, which translates to a decent price of $1,423 per slot. Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart star in the horrific ‘Crimes of the Future,’ which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Without any new releases from major studios, “Top Gun: Maverick” has run free on the North American box office charts. Holdover titles “Doctor Strange”, sequel “The Bob’s Burgers Movie”, “The Bad Guys” and “Downton Abby: A New Era” took places two through five.

In second place, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” added $9.3 million from 2,430 theaters between Friday and Sunday. After five weeks in theaters, the Marvel movie has grossed $388.7 million domestically and $909.4 million worldwide. Without playing in China or Russia, which are two major international markets, “Doctor Strange 2” is the ninth-highest-grossing title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe of Disney’s 28 films. It is also the highest-grossing release of the year worldwide and the second-highest earner in the pandemic era.

Disney’s 20th Century “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” remained in third place on its second release. Ticket sales fell 64% to $4.5 million at 3,425 theaters, bringing its North American total to $22.2 million. At No. 4, Universal’s animated heist comedy “The Bad Guys” added $3.3 million from 2,872 locations in its seventh weekend of release. To date, the film has raised $87 million.

The “Downton Abbey” sequel rounded out the top five with $3 million from 3,471 theaters. Since its launch, “Downton Abbey: A New Era” has grossed $34 million in North America. The sequel to 2019’s “Downton Abbey” cost $40 million to produce, meaning the latest “Downton” adventure has a ways to go before it hits black.

Elsewhere, A24’s little indie-that-could “Everything Everywhere All at Once” crossed $60 million domestically in its 11th weekend of release. The same weekend it landed on home entertainment, the film expanded to 1,434 theaters and grossed $2 million, down just 18% from the previous weekend. According to A24, the “Everything Everywhere All at Once” genre is expected to overtake “Hereditary” ($80 million) to become A24’s highest-grossing film worldwide. It’s already the studio’s highest-grossing film at the domestic box office, recently surpassing “Uncut Gems” ($50 million).

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Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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