There's apparently still some thrust in the box-office afterburners for “Top Gun,” which took in $1.9 million from 300 Imax theaters over the weekend in a 3D re-release by Paramount.
The studio slotted its 1986 classic in a six-day run that began Friday with Imax to help publicize the film's 3D Blu-ray release on Feb. 19, so the box office is a bonus. It averaged roughly $6,600 per screen, not bad for a 27-year-old movie.
It was re-mastered for the big screen from high-resolution original negative scans and painstakingly converted to 3D by Legend3D under the supervision of the film’s director, Tony Scott, who killed himself last summer.
The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class earned a worldwide box office of more than $350 million in its initial release. The film stars Tom Cruise as Maverick and Kelly McGillis as his civilian instructor. Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan co-star.