Tom Cruise Puts Hollywood on Notice as Anti-Woke Top Gun Sequel Smashes Box Office Records

Tom Cruise is putting Hollywood on notice as his anti-woke Top Gun sequel continues to pull huge box office numbers.

“Top Gun: Maverick” brought in around $90 million dollars in ticket sales for the second weekend of its release.

This massive figure puts the movie in the top 10 highest-grossing second weekends of all time.

It also makes it the all-time highest-grossing film domestically for Tom Cruise.

“Top Gun: Maverick” has grossed $295 million at the domestic box office, beating out 2005’s “War of the Worlds” ($243 million) as Cruise’s highest-grossing film in North America.

Internationally, the film earned $257 million, bringing the global total close to $550 million.

“It has never been more appropriate to say ‘the sky’s the limit’ for ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’” Paramount’s president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson said.

The movie is on pace to be the highest-grossing movie of Tom Cruise’s career.

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” made $791 million worldwide in 2018 and is Tom’s biggest earner.

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” brought in $695 million globally.

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” brought in $683 million globally.

“War of the Worlds” brought in $603 million globally.

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The Paramount and Skydance movie collected $90 million over the weekend, above Sunday’s already massive estimate of $86 million.

Thanks to positive word of mouth, rapturous reviews and premium screens, ticket sales declined only 29% in its second weekend — the lowest percentage in history for a movie that debuted to $100 million or more, according to Comscore. 

“Top Gun: Maverick” launched to a staggering $160 million over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Though a peculiar statistic, the scant second-weekend drop is impressive because big-budget blockbusters — even well-received ones — tend to plummet by at least 50% after scoring huge opening weekends. 

By comparison, recent tentpoles “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” each declined 67% in their sophomore outings, while Robert Pattinson’s “The Batman” fell 50% in week two.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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