The weekend box office report is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.
Weekend Estimates Update:
Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick absolutely took off at the box office over Memorial Day weekend with respective estimated three-day and four-day debuts of $124.00 million and $151.00 million. Thirty-six years after 1986’s Top Gun lit the box office on fire, the Tom Cruise led and Joseph Kosinski directed sequel did the same this weekend. The film’s three-day opening easily represented the largest opening weekend ever for Cruise (nearly doubling the $64.88 million three-day opening weekend of 2005’s War of the Worlds), while also representing the second largest opening weekend ever for Paramount (behind only the $128.12 million start of 2010’s Iron Man 2) and the fourth largest opening weekend since the re-opening of domestic theatres. The four-day start for Top Gun: Maverick currently stands as the second largest four-day Memorial Day weekend opening of all-time, just behind the $153.04 million four-day launch of 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Obviously, that’s close enough that Top Gun: Maverick could still ultimately outpace the four-day start of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End when actuals are released on Tuesday, especially if Top Gun: Maverick is able to have a stronger than expected hold on Memorial Day Monday.
Top Gun: Maverick started out with $52.0 million on Friday (which included an estimated $19.26 million from Thursday preview shows that began at 3PM and additional select previews on Tuesday and Wednesday), declined a very reasonable 27 percent on Saturday to take in $38.0 million, is estimated to decrease 10.5 percent on Sunday to gross $34.0 million and decline 21 percent on Monday to gross $27.0 million. The already high level of anticipation for Top Gun: Maverick was heightened even further by the film’s terrific critical reviews and Top Gun: Maverick looks to be going over just as well (if not even better) with audiences as it has with critics after the film received a perfect A+ rating on CinemaScore. The film’s strong critical reviews and incredible early word of mouth will likely transfer into Top Gun: Maverick displaying stronger than usual holding power for an event film in the weeks ahead.
Due in part to the strong demand for Top Gun: Maverick in more rural areas, the film opened in 4,735 locations this weekend, which set a new record for the widest opening weekend location count of all-time (2019’s The Lion King previously held the record with an opening weekend location count of 4,725). Top Gun: Maverick also received a significant boost this weekend from its strong performance on IMAX screens, as the film’s estimated $21.0 million four-day domestic IMAX debut represented 13.9 percent of the overall four-day opening of Top Gun: Maverick. The audience breakdown for Top Gun: Maverick skewed 55 percent over the age of 35, 45 percent under the age of 35, 58 percent male and 42 percent female.
Internationally, Top Gun: Maverick started out with an estimated $124.0 million through Sunday from 62 international markets. That places the global total for Top Gun: Maverick through Sunday at $248.0 million. Estimated international debuts for Top Gun: Maverick by market this weekend included $19.4 million in the United Kingdom, $11.7 million in France, $10.7 million in Australia, $9.7 million in Japan, $6.5 million in Germany, $5.3 million in Brazil, $4.6 million in Mexico, $4.0 million in Italy, $2.9 million in Hong Kong, $2.7 million in Taiwan, $2.4 million in the Netherlands, $2.2 million in Sweden, $2.2 million in Indonesia and $2.1 million in Spain. The estimated international IMAX total for Top Gun: Maverick through Monday stands at $11.4 million, which gives the film an estimated global IMAX total of $32.5 million through Monday.
After leading the box office for each of the past three weekends, Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness placed in a distant second this weekend with respective estimated three-day and four-day grosses of $16.40 million and $21.10 million. The film’s three-day performance was down 49 percent from last weekend, while the film’s four-day take represented a 35 percent decline from last weekend’s three-day frame. With a 25-day domestic take of $375.47 million through Monday, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has surpassed The Batman to become the highest grossing release of 2022 thus far domestically and the second highest grossing film domestically since re-opening (behind only last year’s Spider-Man: No Way Home). Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is also now in good shape to eventually surpass the $400 million domestic mark, especially with no new major wide releases entering the marketplace next weekend.
Internationally, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness grossed an estimated $22.9 million this weekend from 49 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $497.9 million and global haul through Sunday to $868.7 million. International totals for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness through Sunday by market include $48.3 million in South Korea, $46.5 million in the United Kingdom, $38.5 million in Mexico, $31.3 million in Brazil, $24.7 million in Australia, $24.1 million in France, $20.9 million in Germany, $20.5 million in Indonesia, $20.1 million in India, $15.7 million in Japan, $13.9 million in Italy and $12.5 million in Spain.
Disney also claimed third place this weekend with the release of 20th Century’s The Bob’s Burgers Movie, which started out with respective estimated three-day and four-day grosses of $12.60 million and $15.00 million. The Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman directed theatrical adaptation of the long-running Bob’s Burgers animated television series opened on the very high end of expectations, which had tended to range from $10 million to $15 million for the four-day frame. The Bob’s Burgers Movie also performed reasonably well given that the television series isn’t as widely watched as is was in the past, which suggests that some former regular watchers of the series are showing up for The Bob’s Burgers Movie.
Critical reviews for The Bob’s Burgers Movie have been good on the average and the film also looks to be going over quite well with its target audience after receiving a strong A rating on CinemaScore. With that said, as an adaptation of a fan-driven television series, The Bob’s Burgers Movie is likely to be front-loaded going forward, despite the film’s overall strong reception. The Bob’s Burgers Movie was already displaying initial front-loading this weekend as the films $5.70 million Friday performance (including an estimated $1.50 million from Thursday previews that began at 5PM), represented a significant 38 percent of the film’s four-day weekend gross. The audience breakdown for The Bob’s Burgers Movie skewed 56 percent under the age of 25, 44 percent over 25 (though only 14 percent of the film’s audience was over 35), 50 percent female and 50 percent male. Family audiences made up an estimated 16 percent of the overall audience for The Bob’s Burgers Movie. Internationally, The Bob’s Burgers Movie opened in just eight select international markets this weekend, with estimated performances including $0.4 million in the United Kingdom and $0.3 million in Australia.
Meanwhile, Focus’ Downton Abbey: A New Era took fourth place with respective estimated three-day and four-day grosses of $5.90 million and $7.50 million. Downton Abbey didn’t hold up very well this weekend, as the film declined a very sharp 63 percent over the thee-day weekend and the film’s four-day performance was still down a sharp 53 percent from last weekend’s three-day start. Despite very good critical reviews and strong word of mouth (Downton Abbey: A New Era received a strong A rating on CinemaScore), the new competition from Top Gun: Maverick for older moviegoers looks to have taken a significant toll on Downton Abbey: A New Era this weekend. Through Monday, the eleven-day total for Downton Abbey: A New Era stands at $30.08 million. Internationally, Downton Abbey: A New Era grossed an estimated $2.2 million this weekend from 53 international markets. Through Sunday, respective totals for Downton Abbey: A New Era stand at $40.5 million internationally and $69.0 million globally. The United Kingdom remains the film’s highest grossing international market to date with a current total of $16.5 million.
Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys rounded out the weekend’s top five with respective three-day and four-day estimates of $4.63 million and $6.15 million. The Bad Guys continued to hold up very nicely this weekend, as the computer animated film was down just 25 percent over the three-day frame and the film’s four-day performance was essentially on par with last weekend’s three-day gross. The Bad Guys continues to exceed expectations, as the film’s 39-day domestic total through Monday stands at $82.89 million. Internationally, The Bad Guys grossed an estimated $5.8 million this weekend from 70 international markets. Through Sunday, respective totals for The Bad Guys stand at $116.2 million internationally and $197.6 million globally. The Bad Guys grossed $2.7 million in China this weekend, where the film has grossed $29.5 million to date.
It’s currently a very close race for sixth place this weekend between Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once. For the three-day frame, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (which arrived on streaming earlier this week via Paramount+) declined a respectable 38 percent to gross an estimated $2.52 million, while Everything Everywhere All At Once decreased only 20 percent to gross an estimated $2.51 million. For the four-day frame, Everything Everywhere All At Once currently has the slight edge with an estimated $3.19 million, in comparison to an estimated $3.12 million for Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Respective total domestic grosses through Monday stand at $185.74 million for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 through 53 days and at $57.50 million for Everything Everywhere All At Once through 67 days.
In other box office news, this weekend saw Paramount’s The Lost City surpass the $100 million domestic mark. Thanks in part to continued strong word of mouth and in part to playing in drive-in double features with Top Gun: Maverick this weekend, The Lost City increased 15 percent over last weekend for an estimated eighth place three-day take of $1.80 million. The four-day estimate for The Lost City stands at $2.31 million, which brings the film’s 67-day domestic total through Monday to $102.24 million.