Top Gun: Maverick Projected for Record-Breaking $142 Million+ Memorial Day Weekend Box Office

Top Gun: Maverick is already looking like a major win for Tom Cruise and company, as opening weekend over the Memorial Day Holiday really kicks off. According to the latest projections, Top Gun: Maverick is already poised to earn a projected $142.4 million at the box office – earnings which would finally shatter a 15-year Memorial Day Weekend record set by Disney and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which earned $139.8M in 2007. The regular three-day weekend estimate is $117M, which would be the second-biggest opening ever for Paramount, behind Marvel and Paramount's Iron Man 2, which earned $128.1M in its opening weekend in 2010. 

Friday opening estimates for Top Gun 2 are $50, which would arguably put it in striking distance of Iron Man 2's $51.1M opening day. The latest Thursday preview night (and a Tuesday fan event) box office estimates are $19.3M, making it easily the best preview night record for Paramount, not to mention the highest-grossing Memorial Day preview ever. 

Finally, Top Gun: Maverick will easily clear the bar for Tom Cruise's biggest opening weekend ever; the movie icon's previous personal best was War of the Worlds with $64.8 in 2005. 

READ: Top Gun: Maverick Official Review

This is all great news for Cruise, director Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) and the cast and crew of Top Gun: Maverick – all of whom you can hear from in the video above. The team behind Top Gun 2 held the film for two years waiting for the exact kind of opportunity we're now seeing unfold: a chance to truly rekindle the public's love of movies – in theaters – and truly reward them for that experience. In the midst of everything – there's something nice about that thought... 

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"After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: 'Rooster,' the son of Maverick's late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka 'Goose.' Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it."

Top Gun: Maverick is now in theaters and IMAX.