Los Angeles, May 25 - Hollywood's biggest action star, Tom Cruise's big-screen return Top Gun: Maverick
is getting bigger and better with each passing day. The movie recently opened at the Cannes Film Festival where it got 5 minutes standing ovation as it has been touted as one of the finest sequels ever made in Hollywood.
While the blockbuster reviews are pouring in for this much-awaited movie, it is set to get the widest ever release in Hollywood history. According to the Hollywood trade expert and the founder of Box Office Guru, Gitesh Pandya, the high octane actioner is looking to open in 4735 theaters in North America, edging out the record 4725 theaters of 2019's Lion King
The release of the long-awaited sequel to the iconic 1986 movie is poised to be a defining moment for the box office recovery in Hollywood, which is so far driven by the superhero movies since the covid-19 pandemic broke out the early in 2020.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun 2
is easily on its way to the biggest opening ever of Tom Cruise's career at the domestic (North American) box office, with a four-day gross of at least $92 million, according to official tracking (via THR). There is a high possibility that the opening weekend numbers could soar well north of $100 million domestically.
For the record, 2005's War of the Worlds
is Tom Cruise's top domestic opening with a three-day gross of $65 million, followed by 2018's Mission: Impossible: Fallout
at $61 million, as per THR. Top Gun 2 is looking far ahead and will comfortably set new records for Cruise's movies.
The film stars Tom Cruise as Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a test pilot, alongside Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer. Cruise and Kilmer reprise their roles from the first film, and the film is dedicated to Top Gun director Tony Scott, who died in 2012.