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“Top Gun: Maverick” set a new record this Memorial Day weekend with an estimated $156 million domestically for its four-day opening weekend.

This gives the film the record for the biggest Memorial Day weekend opening, taking the spot from 2007’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” which made $153 million in its Memorial Day opening weekend.

This is the first time, in Tom Cruise’s forty-year career that he has had a film made $100 million on opening weekend.

The sequel to the 1986 “Top Gun” was long-awaited and clearly has been well received. The film was originally set to premiere on June 24, 2020. With the Covid shutdowns, the release was put on hold. There was even speculation that the movie would be released on streaming. Cruise shut down those rumors saying, “I make movies for the big screen”.

Entertainment Journalist, Eammon Jacobs is a fan of Top Gun: Maverick sharing, “Top Gun: Maverick is pure cinema. That’s it, that’s the tweet. No seriously, it’s one of those rare flicks that reminds you how incredible a movie-going experience can be. Tom Cruise is a mad man, and I loved it. #TopGun #TopGunMaverick

Actor Ice T, gave the movie five stars tweeting, “FLTG Movie Review: TOP GUN ‘Maverick’ Five Stars The last hour was insane. Almost had an original Star Wars ‘Death Star’ raid vibe. #Approved

The “Top Gun” sequel blew analysts’ estimates out of the water, they projected the film would bring in around $80 million on the opening weekend. On Rotten Tomatoes ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ has a 96% score from critics and an audience score of 99%.

The patriotic film has been extremely well received.

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