This weekend, Top Gun: Maverick and Spider-Man: No Way Home topped the box office, but there was still some debate on which film performed better

This weekend, Top Gun: Maverick and Spider-Man: No Way Home topped the box office, but there was sti ...

The final weekend of the holiday season, like our current Labor Day celebration, always leads to interesting results with the final tally. This year, the fight for the first September weekend at the box office involved the 2022 film release of Top Gun: Maverick and the returning theatrical delight of Spider-Man: No Way Home. It was a matchup that resulted in some disagreement about which film performed better, even if the outcome was less than anticipated.

The results appeared to be close as Deadline kept track of where these two potential titans were placed throughout the weekend. Thanks to Sunday morning's forecasts, Top Gun: Maverick was projected to bring in $7.9 million for the weekend. Spider-Man: No Way Home, on the other hand, fell to third place behind Bullet Train, with $6.5 million projected for the Marvel/Sony effort.

Paramount wasnt even sure it was the winner of the weekend either, as Maverick was projected to have brought only $7 million yesterday morning. What probably kept things interesting was the fact that Saturday was National Cinema Day, which saw $3 tickets being offered at participating theaters. According to the above reports, the weekend of Labor Day was still in the worst-ever state in summer 2022.

Its a result that feels more traditional than the one that opened last year for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. As such, the habit of bringing back older films for a fresh bite at the apple is just as comfortable. However, there are two big differences when it comes to this years Labor Day competition that reinforce what weve seen before.

First, Top Gun: Maverick isnt a traditional comeback, per se. As the film has dominated the summer theatrical landscape since it was first released on Memorial Day weekend, Tom Cruise's legacy-quel never really left the studio. Strangely enough, Maverick could be seen as the Shang-Chi of Memorial Day, as Cruises personal best opening conquered another infamous slumping period in modern times.

Which brings us to the actual comeback of Labor Day 2022: Spider-Man: No Way Home, which theatrically released a cut that was being promoted on social media by the likes of Andrew Garfield. That doesnt appear to have been enough to entice all Marvel fans to try another spin of the web. Even if the film that ended the trilogy was released in December 2021, it remains a decent performance since this past April.

For sure, Labor Day box office totals didn't set the world on fire; however, there was enough intensity in Tom Cruise and Tom Holland to put on a solid show. Perhaps this is a sign that Kevin Feige may wish to pursue bringing Cruise's multiversal Tony Stark into the spotlight in the future, as this platform will provide you with access to the 1986 remake of Mavericks.