“Top Gun: Maverick” breaks the next record. The sequel, starring Tom Cruise, is the highest-grossing film ever made around Memorial Day.

“Top Gun: Maverick” with Tom Cruise (59) gets another record at the American box office. The sequel to the 1986 action hit grossed $156 million in its first four days, according to Variety. Strongest start ever for a Memorial Day weekend film.

The previous top holder was “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”. The third installment in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series starring Johnny Depp (58) earned $153 million in four days in 2007.

Top Gun: Maverick Exceeds Paramount Expectations

Memorial Day falls on the last Monday in May every year in the United States. The country commemorates the fallen soldiers. Monday is a public holiday and is traditionally included when measuring the success of a film’s opening weekend.

Paramount Pictures, which produced Top Gun: Maverick, calculated earnings of $151 million for the long Memorial Day weekend. The expectation was thus exceeded.

“Top Gun: Maverick” already holds a record at the box office. The sequel had the best start ever for a Tom Cruise film, independent of Memorial Day. Top Gun 2 is the megastar’s first film to break the $100 million barrier in its first weekend. “War of the Worlds” (2005) has hit the record high with just under 65 million.