Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biography "Elvis" rocked the theater with an estimated $ 30.5 million in weekend ticket sales, but rarely in a box office, "Elvis" is " Top Gun: Maverick ”was tied. It also reported $ 30.5 million, the number one in the theater.
Monday's final numbers categorize the movies that finally won the weekend when the totals for Sunday are aggregated. Studios can accurately predict Sunday sales based on Friday and Saturday business, but numbers often fluctuate by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But for now, the unlikely pair of "Elvis" and "Maverick" is trapped in a dance-off (if you like "Elvis") or a dead heat (if you like "Maverick"). Has been done. It was both due to the unexpected opening of "Elvis" and the very strong sales of "Top Gun: Maverick". The sequel to "Top Gun" reached $ 1 billion in box office revenue worldwide in the fifth week of its release.
"Elvis," starring newcomer Austin Butler as Presley, came over the weekend with expectations of nearly $ 25 million. In a recent musical biography, with a $ 30.5 million debut, King has outpaced Elton John (the "Rocketman" launched for $ 25.7 million in 2019), but Freddie Mercury ("Bohemian Rhapsody"). Is not in the same class as (opened for $ 51.1 million in 2018).
"I'm not too worried about who is number one and who is number 2. Given that this audience is the slowest to return to the cinema, we have this big number. I'm more worried about reaching, "Jeff said. Goldstein, Warner Bros. Director of Distribution
About 60% of the Elvis audience was over 35 years old. Older spectators were most hesitant to return to the epidemic theater, but that's changing — in part because of the "Top Gun" that brought back the original fans of 1986, Goldstein. Pointed out.
Costing about $ 85 million to produce, Elvis is driven by strong reviews (78% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), word-of-mouth (A-CinemaScore), and the premiere of the glamorous Cannes Film Festival. it was done. It added $ 20 million abroad over the weekend.
"Elvis" is ranked as Rahman's second best opening after "The Great Gatsby" ($ 50.1 million) in 2013. Rahman was about to start production in Australia when star Tom Hanks tested positive for COVID-19 in the early moments of the pandemic.
"" Elvis "was a dangerous proposal. The music is old, the characters are unfamiliar, and the leading actors aren't proven on the big screen, "written David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research. Newsletter. "But critics and the audience are reacting. It's a Baz Luhrmann show, with spectacular music, dance, and sex appeal-it's a hit."
On the other hand, "Top Gun: Maverick" continues to skyrocket. The Paramount Pictures movie was the first release in 2022, with $ 1 billion in ticket sales worldwide, and the first movie starring Tom Cruise. On the fifth weekend of the
release, "Mavericks" fell by just 32% domestically, bringing the total to date at $ 521.7 million in theaters in the United States and Canada. Without considering inflation, it ranks 15th in the country and continues to break records. Internationally, the sequel to "Top Gun" added an additional $ 44.5 million.
"Elvis" / "Top Gun" Showdown — New Blumhouse Horror Releases "Black Phone" and "Jurassic World: Dominion" and Pixar's "Lightyear" with a big holdover, a pandemic era movie The most competitive and busy weekend in the theater.
Disney's "Lightyear" plummeted 65% on the second weekend, but most studios are back to celebrate. After a gentle opening last week, the Toy Story spin-off fell to fifth place with $ 17.7 million in domestic revenue. The Light Year, which has earned $ 152 million worldwide, will be even more competitive with its family with the release of Minions: The Rise of Guru on Friday.
The counterprogram came from Universal Pictures' "Black Phone," a supernatural thriller directed by Scott Derrickson, who starred as the murderer who fled Ethan Hawke. Blumhouse Productions has taken a strong review (84% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) for a better-than-expected launch of $ 23.4 million.
Two weeks after taking first place, Universal's "Jurassic World: Dominion" came in third with $ 26.4 million. It currently raises more than $ 300 million domestically and raises $ 746.7 million worldwide.
The much smaller movie "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" debuted with good sales in a limited release. A warmly accepted stop-motion animated film, in which Jenny Slate speaks a 1-inch-high mollusk with moving eyes, started at $ 169,606 on six screens, averaging $ 28,267 per screen.
Estimated ticket sales from Friday to Sunday at theaters in the US and Canada, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be announced on Monday.
1. (Tie) "Elvis", $ 30.5 million.
1. (Tie) "Top Gun: Maverick", $ 30.5 million.
3. "Jurassic World: Dominion", $ 26.4 million.
4. "Black Phone", $ 23.4 million.
5. "Light Year", $ 17.7 million.
6. "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness", $ 1.7 million.
7. "Jugjugg Jeeyo", $ 725,000.
8. "All at once", $ 533,000.
9. "Bob's Burger Movie", $ 513,000.
10. "The Bad Guys", $ 440,000.