Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount) regained the #1 position at the Labor Day weekend box office, according to industry sources ahead of the revised numbers from distributors shortly.
The $3 National Cinema Day discount indicated that no one was certain which films benefited most from the low prices. The new order appears to be Top Gun: Maverick #1, Bullet Train (Sony) #2 (was #4), Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony) #3 (was #1), and DC League of Pets (Warner Bros.) #4 (was #3).
Distribution companies will still need to provide exact numbers and order confirmation, but Maverick and Bullet performed better than predicted on Sunday, while No Way Home and DC grossed less.
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This alteration of the original order is unprecedented, and included what turned out to be a significant overestimate for Sony's No Way Home. The re-release with new footage was #1 on Friday, but dropped to #2 on Saturday.
The return of Maverick to #1 on its 15th week is a rare achievement. It comes with the film also the #1 PVOD film on home platforms. And it comes as the film reaches the $700 million mark in domestic gross.
Sources claim that overall revenue for the three days was higher than the initial $52 million mark. If so, it indicates that the enthusiasm from the eight million ticket buyers Saturday, most at $3, carried over to the next day.
The current top ten list is shown below, with modifications and clarifications to be made when all distributors supply the final report. Other modifications are also possible.