Blockbuster season arrives as theaters gear up for biggest summer in years

Will “Top Gun: Maverick” break $100 million in its opening weekend?
3:30 | 05/27/22

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� TAKE MY BREATH AWAY � >> THIS SONG, HARD FOR ME TO READ WITH THIS SONG PLAYING. BACK WITH SKY HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR TOM CRUISE AND "TOP GUN: MAVERICK," SO THESE PRESALE NUMBERS SUGGEST THIS COULD BE $100 MILLION OPENING WEEKEND AND THAT IS GREAT NEWS FOR ALL THOSE OTHER SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS. WILL REEVE, TELL US EVERYTHING WE NEED TO KNOW. >> Reporter: HI. THERE'S SO MUCH TO TELL, CECILIA. MAINLY THAT SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE ACTION MOVIES BECAUSE THEY'RE BIG, LOUD, DRAMATIC, ROMANTIC, FUN. MOVIES CAN BE FUN. LIFE CAN BE FUN. THE ORIGINAL "TOP GUN" IS A POP CULTURE CORNERSTONE, THE BEDROCK OF A DIFFERENT ERA OF MOVIES AND NOW THERE IS A NEW ONE, AND IT COMES AT THE PERFECT TIME. THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, MAVERICK IS CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF. "TOP GUN: MAVERICK," THAT IS. THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED LONG AWAITED SEQUEL TO THE 1986 CLASSIC "TOP GUN." >> I FEEL THE NEED, THE NEED FOR SPEED. >> Reporter: TOM CRUISE IS BACK AS PETE "MAVERICK" MITCHELL AND TICKETS ARE FLYING AT MACH SPEEDS. PRESALE NUMBERS ON FANDANGO HAVE "TOP GUN: MAVERICK" POISED TO BE CRUISE'S FIRST FILM WITH A $100 MILLION OPENING WEEKEND. >> THE FILM JUST SOLD MORE TICKETS THAN ANY OTHER TOM CRUISE FILM HAD PRIOR TO IT ARRIVING IN THEATERS. >> Reporter: WITH ITS NOSTALGIC NODS, STUNNING ACTION SEQUENCES AND HEAVY SOUNDTRACK "TOP GUN: MAVERICK" IS ON A HIGHWAY TO THE BLOCKBUSTER ZONE. � I WENT TO THE DANGER ZONE � >> Reporter: WHILE MAVERICK LOOKS TO BE THE FIRST BLOCK BUSTER OF THE SUMMER SEASON MORE UPCOMING BIG BUDGET FILMS ARE EXPECTED TO GET AUDIENCES OFF THE COUCH AND INTO THEATERS. A HUGE GIFT FOR THEATER OWNERS AND THE MOVIE INDUSTRY. BOTH OF WHICH ARE STILL TRYING TO FIND SURE FOOTING AFTER PANDEMIC LOWS. ALSO AHEAD THIS SUMMER, CHRIS PRATT AND HIS PREHISTORIC CO-STARS IN "JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION." IN JUNE IT'S TO INFINITY AND BEYOND WITH "LIGHTYEAR" AND -- >> IT WAS IMPRESSIVE WHAT YOU DID BACK THERE. >> Reporter: AND IT'LL BE FIREWORKS AND LIGHTNING BOLTS FROM THE ULTIMATE AVENGER, "THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER" CLAPPING INTO THEATERS FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY AND MARVEL LOOKING TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM AFTER "DR. STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS" DROVE MULTITUDES TO THE THEATER RAKING IN OVER $800 MILLION AND COUNTING WORLDWIDE. >> LOOK OUT. >> THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THIS SUMMER. WE HAVE A REALLY FANTASTIC LINEUP OF FILMS COMING OUR WAY. SO BE EXCITED TO BE GOING TO THE MOVIES THIS SUMMER. >> JANE! >> Reporter: BE EXCITED IS RIGHT. "TOP GUN: MAVERICK" ALSO STARS JON HAMM, MILES TELLER AND JENNIFER CONNELLY AND IT DEBUTS IN 4,727 THEATERS NATIONWIDE. THAT IS A RECORD. ONE OF THOSE THEATERS WILL HAVE ME IN IT TONIGHT, I WILL BE WINGMAN ALONG WITH MY TWO BEST FRIENDS, GUYS. >> YOU AND ME BOTH. GOT TO GET THOSE TICKETS. ONE OF THOSE STARS OF "TOP GUN: MAVERICK," DANNY RAMIREZ, IS JOINING US IN TIMES SQUARE IN OUR NEXT HOUR. YOU WERE SAYING YOU WERE LAUGHING, CRYING. YOU LOVED IT. >> I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT AND I'M GOING TO SEE IT AGAIN WITHOUT A DOUBT. ABSOLUTELY. >> ALL BY HIMSELF. >> ALL BY HIMSELF. IN HIS FEELINGS AT THE BACK OF THE THESEER. >> WHAT'S WRONG WITH SHEDDING A LITT

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