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Thursday's Box Office For Top Gun: Maverick Was The Highest In Paramount History

Top Gun: Maverick grosses $19.3 million in previews, the most in Paramount history and a career record for Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is back to head the Maverick cast, which also features Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, Monica Barbaro, and Val Kilmer. Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski reunites with Cruise on Maverick, directing a script written by Mission: Impossible's Christopher McQuarrie. Top Gun Movie Reviews: Maverick has lavished praise on the picture, calling it significantly superior to its predecessor in every way, from its stunning aerial moments to its poignant plot.

The initial box office data for the film have been released by Deadline. During its preview screenings, Top Gun: Maverick grossed a whopping $19.3 million at the box office. This is the highest-grossing preview in Paramount Pictures history, and a career high for Cruise.

Prior to Maverick, the greatest preview for Paramount was 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which grossed $16 million on its opening night, which was really a Tuesday. Maverick had a same treatment from Paramount, which hosted a "Top Gun Tuesday" event with premium formats hosting early showing. As a result, there is one little caveat to Maverick's big preview haul: the $19.3 million number includes both Tuesday and Thursday ticket sales. Nonetheless, it's an amazing start that well outperforms Cruise's previous best, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which generated a pitiful $6 million during its Thursday previews. Even if you double that sum to account for Maverick's extra day, it still wouldn't surpass the huge two-day total of the Top Gun sequel.

Top Gun: Maverick is expected to make more than $100 million during the four-day Memorial Day weekend, marking the first time a Cruise film has exceeded the century mark in its debut weekend. All things considered, moviegoers are definitely enthused about Cruise repeating his role as Maverick, but maybe the film's breathtaking aerial moments, which were all shot practically and involved rigorous stunt preparation from the performers, are even more appealing. This extraordinary dedication from Cruise and everyone involved has elevated Top Gun: Maverick to one of the summer's must-see film events.

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