Box Office: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Smoking Competition With Stunning Projected 33% Drop

Tom Cruise is king at the domestic box office once again.

Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” which was co-financed and coproduced by Skydance

is soaring to the top of the charts for its second weekend of release,

drawing in a commanding $25 million on Friday from 4,751 locations.

After enjoying the widest domestic opening last weekend with 4,732 North American cinemas,

“Maverick” actually added 19 more for its sophomore outing.

The studio is projecting an $84.5 million haul through Sunday, a stunning 33% dive from its $124 million three-day opening.

A soft decline like that would be a superlative achievement

marking the smallest drop in domestic box office history for a film that opened above $100 million.