Box Office: Why ‘Top Gun 2’ Could Be the First Tom Cruise Movie to Join the $1B Club

The sequel is now destined to gross north of $900 million globally, including $500 million or more in North America.

Nothing short of astonishment swept across Hollywood over the June 3-5 weekend when Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick

dropped a mere 29 percent from its Memorial Day launch thanks to spectacular word of mouth.

That’s the lowest decline in history for a movie opening to $100 million or more, and a slim decline for any movie, according to Comscore.

A decline of 50 percent would have been considered excellent, or even 55 percent.

The bigger a Hollywood tentpole opens, the more inclined it is to drop 60 percent or more.

Take Marvel and Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,

which in its fifth weekend on Sunday became the first film of 2022 to cross the $900 million

mark at the worldwide box office despite falling 67 percent in its sophomore outing.