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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Beats ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Record

Deadline has reported that the new Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, has done more than just make an impression during its Memorial Day weekend opening in theaters. The Paramount and Skydance Top Gun: Maverick movie has actually beat one of the records held by a movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which is one of the world’s biggest franchises!

Top Gun: Maverick now has the new “Memorial Day opening 4-day record (+ previews) at the domestic box office” with a total of $156 million. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which was the highly-anticipated finale in the first Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (starring American actor Johnny Depp, English actor Orlando Bloom, and English actress Keira Knightley as the iconic trio comprised of Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann), made a mere $139.8 million in comparison when it premiered on Memorial Day weekend fifteen years ago.

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Tom Cruise Credit: Wikipedia

Even though $156 million might sound like a drastic increase over $139.8 million, the fact that Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End held onto its number one position as a record-holder for 15 years makes it clear that the number was a very difficult one for any new movie to beat — even one starring Tom Cruise in his classic role as the fighter pilot Maverick.

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Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise. Credit: Disney 

Some analysts are attributing the involvement of producer Jerry Bruckheimer to the two films’ successes. Jerry Bruckheimer is also still involved with the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and just revealed that Johnny Depp’s character Captain Jack Sparrow is indeed on his way to being replaced (by Margot Robbie, most likely).

 Iron Man 2 is now in third place with $128.1 million. 

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Tom Cruise in Top Gun 2, aka Top Gun: Maverick Credit: Deadline.com / Paramount

It has also been reported that 11.6 million people have gone to cinemas to see the Top Gun sequel so far, making that the “third biggest attendance during the pandemic era (since Q2 2020) after Spider-Man: No Way Home (20.6M) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (14M)”.

Are you going to see Top Gun 2 in theaters now that it’s premiered?

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Sharon is from New England. She's a writer, animal lover, and, of course, a Disney Fanatic! Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures.