'Top Gun: Maverick'

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’

 Rank Film (distributor)      Three-day gross (May 27-May 29) Total gross to date                    Week
 1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount) £11.2m £15.9m 1
 2. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (Disney) £1.37m  £37.7m  4
 3. Everything Everywhere All At Once (A24) £486,829  £2.93m 3
 4. Downton Abbey: A New Era (Universal)
£349,877 £13.3m 5
 5. The Bob’s Burgers Movie (Disney) £346,592 £346,592 1

Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick has landed at the top of the UK-Ireland box office with an £11.2m three-day opening weekend – the highest opening of all-time for star Tom Cruise.

The highly anticipated sequel, released 36 years after 1986 blockbuster Top Gun, also gave Paramount a new all-time opening weekend record in the UK. The studio released the film in 735 locations, another record for Paramount and the fifth-widest opening of all time in the territory. It generated an average of £15,101 per location.

Cruise’s previous highest opening was for War Of The Worlds, which took £8.6m on its release in June 2005 and went on to be the actor’s highest-grossing film at £30.6m.

With £4.74m in previews, Top Gun: Maverick has a total of £15.93m to date. Including previews, it was the second-highest opening film of the year, ahead of The Batman’s £13.5m and behind Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’ £19.8m.

It remains to be seen whether it can match the performance of the original, which was the highest-grossing title of 1986 in the UK and Ireland, taking £8.5m – the equivalent to £20.6m in 2021.

It shot down Disney’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, which dipped to second place after three weeks in top slot. The Marvel superhero film grossed £1.37m on its fourth weekend, down 54%, to report a total of £37.7m.

Disney also opened animated feature The Bob’s Burger’s Movie, grossing £346,592 from 470 locations – a £739 average – and ranking fifth across the weekend.

Holdovers included A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once, which took £486,829 for a cume of £2.93m; and Universal’s Downton Abbey: A New Era, which added a further £349,877 to reach a total of £13.32m.

Paramount’s Sonic The Hedgehog 2 continued to perform in its ninth weekend, bringing in £280,397 – the smallest dip of all the holdovers at 35% – for a £25m cume.

New openers

Despite Maverick dominating screens and sales, several other features opened in UK-Ireland cinemas at the weekend.

Telugu-language family comedy F3 received a UK release through DreamZ Entertainment, taking £65,037 with a strong average of £1,102. F3 was opened by Akshaya in Ireland, where it took an additional £4,978.

The Media Pioneers opened Boonie Bears: Back To Earth, the latest in the Chinese animated franchise, and grossed £36,985 over the three-day weekend.

Further Indian cinema releases included Anek from Cinstaan, which took £12,446; Dakuaan Da Munda 2 from RSE, which made £11,321; and Jo And Jo from RFT Film, which grossed £10,900.

BFI Distribution released a 4k restoration of Mike Hodges’ crime drama Get Carter starring Michael Caine in 15 sites, taking £10,759 for a £717 screen average. Including previews, it has a total of £12,722.

Curzon opened Emmanuel Carrere’s journalism drama Between Two Worlds in 25 sites, taking £10,294 and contributing to a total of £23,427 including previews. Curzon also has Irish drama The Quiet Girl on release, with £36,945 on its third weekend taking its cume to £382,647.

Park Circus released the original theatrical version of Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary horror Psycho and took £8,705 from 17 locations. Odeon and Vue are coming in with mid-week shows across 101 sites.

Altitude opened David Fairhead and Ant Palmer’s documentary Lancaster, about the bomber that is synonymous with the Dambusters, and took £7,720.