Tom Cruise's latest blockbuster film has broken box office records America. The movie "Top Gun: Maverick" was shown the biggest ever number North American movie theatres. The movie magazine "Variety" reported that 4,732 cinemas the USA and Canada showed "Maverick". This makes it the widest release all time. The movie also broke another record. It is the best Memorial Day opening film history. It earned $156 million the USA. This beats Johnny Depp's "Pirates the Caribbean: At World's End". That movie earned $153 million 2007. Maverick has also given Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise his first ever $100 million opening weekend the box office.
Maverick is the sequel the 1986 film "Top Gun". Cruise goes back to his role as US navy pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. The movie's production company Paramount was very happy that "Maverick" had done so well. Chris Aronson, president domestic distribution, said: "These results are ridiculously, -the-top fantastic. I'm happy for everyone. I'm happy the company, for Tom, and the filmmakers." The movie has had rave reviews critics. The "Independent" the UK called it a "thrilling" blockbuster. Another UK newspaper, "The Telegraph," called it "absurdly exciting," and "unquestionably the best studio action film years". first, Cruise did not want to make the sequel. Now, he is happy he did.