Thanks to stellar reviews and a healthy dose of nostalgia, Paramount and Skydance’s star-spangled action film — starring Tom Cruise as a fighter pilot who feels the need for speed — is expected to generate a blockbuster 85 million to 100 million over the weekend. Through Memorial Day on Monday, domestic box office receipts could fly as high as 130 million. “Maverick” is playing in 4,732 North American cinemas, the widest theater count in history.
The follow-up to 1986’s “Top Gun” was scheduled to open in the summer of 2020 until Covid-19 scrambled those plans. But Paramount and Cruise were adamant about keeping the film in theaters rather than sending the sequel straight to a streaming service. When Cruise was recently asked at Cannes Film Festival if the sequel would skip the big screen,