Action drama “Top Gun: Maverick” has soared to a second enormous weekend exhibiting in North American theatres, taking in an estimated $86 million, trade watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

That “sensational” quantity for Paramount’s lengthy-awaited Tom Cruise sequel positioned it among the top 10 highest-grossing second weekends in-home box office history, Variety reported. It took in $151 million at the final weekends.

Boosted by its gripping visuals and unusually optimistic opinions — particularly for a sequel — the Paramount/Skydance film has earned $257 million overseas, the most recent signal of Hollywood’s restoration from a bleak pandemic interval.

“Maverick” picks up the story of now-greying US Navy check pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) as he trains younger aviators for a mission to assault a nuclear facility in a rogue state.

Holding in second place was Disney’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” at $9.3 million for the Friday-through-Sunday interval. The world takes for the Benedict Cumberbatch film has surpassed $750 million in its 5 weeks out.

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twentieth Century’s animated “Bob’s Burgers Movie,” based mostly on a preferred tv present, held tight in third place, taking in $4.5 million.

In fourth, up to one spot from the final weekend, was Universal’s household-pleasant animation “The Bad Guys,” at $3.3 million.

Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” based mostly on the wildly widespread British sequence, slipped a spot to fifth place, incoof me $3 million.

Rounding out the top 10 had been:

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” ($2 million)

“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” ($1.7 million)

“The Lost City” ($1.4 million)

“Crimes of the Future” ($1.1 million)

“Watcher” ($815,000)

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