IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) soared to its best global four-day Memorial Day Weekend opening ever with the $32.5 million debut of Paramount Pictures’ “Top Gun: Maverick”, starring cinema icon, Tom Cruise. Crushing industry expectations, the aerial actioner also scored the biggest domestic four-day Memorial Day Weekend opening ever in IMAX with $21 million, good for a stunning 14 percent of the overall North American box office.
“Top Gun: Maverick” now stands as Tom Cruise’s biggest opening weekend ever in IMAX – global, domestic, and in 50 individual countries and territories worldwide – topping a run of eight Cruise-led blockbuster releases dating back to 2011.
“If you thought movies were dead, go see ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and then let me know what you think. This film heralds the return of the summer blockbuster and is a catalyst that will accelerate demand for moviegoing like an F-18 breaking the sound barrier,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. “There’s no way you sit in a theatre, with a huge screen and chest-pounding speakers, and come away thinking there’s any other way you want to experience ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, and our hats are off to Tom Cruise, Joe Kosinski and their fearless creative team for what they’ve accomplished.”
“Top Gun: Maverick” is a Filmed For IMAX release shot with IMAX-certified Sony Venice cameras and includes nearly an hour of scenes in IMAX-exclusive 1:90:1 expanded aspect ratio. This includes all the film’s stunning flight sequences and as well as additional scenes that are available with up to 26 percent more picture only available in IMAX.
Six of the specialised IMAX cameras were strapped to the inside of the cockpit of an F-18A Super Hornet to enable the film’s groundbreaking aerial photography, and IMAX image quality enhancements in post-production and higher dynamic range sound systems allowed the filmmakers to design the movie to be experienced in IMAX.
Internationally, “Top Gun: Maverick” delivered a top ten all-time IMAX opening weekend in eighteen diverse markets, including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Japan, Singapore, Argentina, Sweden, and Norway.