'Top Gun: Maverick' is expected to gross $180 million worldwide, giving Tom Cruise his best start ever

After delaying one of the most anticipated sequels in decades due to Covid, Paramount eventually releases Tom Cruise's Top Gun: Maverick, which is predicted to be not only the 3x Oscar nominee's highest worldwide opening of his career at $180 million.

A new high for him in the United States, with at least $92 million to $100 million, and one of the top ten debuts for the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

Though tracking indicates older men dominating in the United States, the goal here is that Top Gun 2 will be a 'five-quad' movie, as many in the industry term an aggressive overperforming title.

In fact, rival studios have praised Paramount's marketing approach, which has been in the works for arguably the last month in a rolling global tour.

With a first look at CinemaCon Las Vegas in late April, exhibitors and trade press declared Top Gun 2 an awards season contender due to the film's rich heart.

The red carpet was rolled out on the USS Midway aircraft carrier at a world premiere at the San Diego military facility.

Then there was a major bang also at the Cannes Film Festival last week, where Cruise gave a masterclass and was surprised with a Palme d'Or while French fighter aircraft flew overhead.

Then there was the Royal Premiere in London, followed by a premiere in Tokyo; the latter was a significant one for Cruise, with M:I – Fallout grossing nearly $42 million unadjusted for inflation.

All of this has resulted in a Rotten Tomatoes certified fresh score of 97 percent, which should persuade strained moviegoer to spend $12-$20 on a ticket this weekend is well worth it.

The Joseph Kosinski directed film will be released in 62 foreign areas of the world at 23,600 locations for an estimated $80 million overseas launch.

In terms of overseas box office, Cruise's Mission: Impossible — Fallout debuted with $94.6 million, while The Mummy debuted with $140.7 million.