Top Gun: Maverick’s fourth weekend on release saw the movie achieve something no Marvel movie has managed.
Top Gun: Maverick has already been something of a phenomenon at the box office, and in its fourth weekend on release the movie has continued to make history. While Jurassic World Dominion may have retained the top spot this weekend thanks to the underperformance of Disney Pixar’s Lightyear, the Top Gun sequel has been quietly pulling in an impressive $44 million at the domestic box office, making it the second highest grossing fourth weekend in history behind Avatar.
Breaking down the huge feat, analyst Gitesh Pandya shared a series of posts on Twitter explaining how Top Gun: Maverick is one of only four movies to ever break the $40 million mark after four weeks on release. Currently, 2010’s Avatar sits at the top of the table for fourth weekend takings with $50.3 million, followed now by Top Gun: Maverick’s $44 million, then going down to Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $42.4 million and Black Panther with $40.8 million. There are many movies that hit the box office with a huge footfall in the opening weekend and second weekend, but then numbers usually start to drop off into the third and fourth weeks. Top Gun: Maverick, having bucked every trend so far, has now added this one to its tally.
When putting all of this in context with other movie releases, particularly those by Marvel Studios, Top Gun: Maverick has done what even behemoths like Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: No Way Home couldn’t achieve. In a follow-up post, Pandya summed this up by listing the franchise movies that the film has beaten.