Somalia: ‘I sold the last three goats, they were likely to die’Read more Merck Foundation and African First Ladies marking World Cancer Day 2023 through 110 scholarships of Oncology Fellowships in 25 countriesRead more Supporting women leaders and aspirants to unleash their potentialRead more Fake medicines kill almost 500,000 sub-Saharan Africans a year: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reportRead more Climate crisis and migration: Greta Thunberg supports International Organization for Migration (IOM) over ‘life and death’ issueRead more United Nations (UN) Convenes Lake Chad Countries, Amid Growing Regional CrisisRead more 11 Disruptive Startups Selected for Cohort 3 of the Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) Accelerator Program powered by Startupbootcamp AfricaRead more Africa Data Centres breaks ground on new Sameer facility in NairobiRead more Coffee with a human face: A union that improves livelihoods for Ugandan farmersRead more Trends Predicted to drive the retail industry in 2023Read more

‘Top Gun’ soars back to surprise lead in N.American theaters

show caption
Actor Tom Cruise waves during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea for 'Top Gun: Maverick' on June 20, 2022./AFP
Print Friendly and PDF

Sep 06, 2022 - 07:50 AM

LOS ANGELES — In a reflection of Hollywood’s deep late-summer slump, “Top Gun: Maverick,” first released 15 weeks ago, climbed back to the top of the North American box office this weekend despite a relatively slim four-day take of $7.9 million.

The Paramount action thriller, starring a graying but still flight-ready Tom Cruise, has now soared to a domestic total of $701 million and $740 million internationally, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Monday.

That gravity-defying success came amid a generally abysmal patch for Hollywood films, with few major new releases. A lone bright spot was the record 8.1 million US moviegoers who took advantage of $3 tickets on Saturday’s National Cinema Day.

Second place on the long Labor Day weekend — celebrated in both the United States and Canada — went to last weekend’s No. 2: Sony’s action thriller “Bullet Train,” at $7.3 million. Brad Pitt stars.

Seeking to fill the late-summer vacuum, Sony re-released superhero film “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” hoping that 11 minutes of added footage would draw viewers. Nine months after its original release, the Tom Holland vehicle placed a surprising third, earning $6.6 million.

In fourth place, up two spots from last weekend, was Warner Bros.’ family-friendly animation “DC League of Super-Pets,” at $6.4 million.

And in fifth, slipping from last weekend’s No. 1 spot, was Sony’s horror flick “The Invitation,” at $6 million.

Hollywood’s problems stem partly from Covid-related scheduling chaos, said analyst David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research.

“Moviegoers have shown that they are willing and able, but without big, regular franchise releases to anchor the schedule, the box office is going to drift lower, before climbing back in the fourth quarter.”

He noted that 2022 will finish with 32 franchise films, down from 58 in 2019. Forty-two are set for next year.

Rounding out the weekend’s top 10 were:

“Beast” ($4.7 million)

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” ($4.2 million)

“Jaws” (re-release): ($3.1 million)

“Thor: Love and Thunder” ($3.1 million)

“Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” ($2.8 million)

MAORANDCITIES.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.