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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Sets Memorial Day Weekend Sales Record

Tom Cruise attends the red carpet for the Japan Premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan on May 24.

Tom Cruise attends the red carpet for the Japan Premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan on May 24.

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“Top Gun: Maverick” had the biggest-ever theatrical debut for a Memorial Day weekend, lifting the spirits of cinema operators clawing their way back from the pandemic.

From its opening through Monday, the Paramount Pictures film brought in ticket sales of $160.5 million in the US and Canada, researcher Comscore Inc. said, beating the old record held by the 2007 film “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” Imax Corp., the pioneer in large theater screens, had its best Memorial Day Weekend ever, with $32.5 million in ticket sales.