“Elvis,” a baroque and extravagant biopic dedicated to the king of rock ‘n’ roll, has rocketed to the top of the North American box office for its release, level with “Top Gun: Maverick,” according to estimates by the specialist firm on Sunday. . Exhibitor Relations.
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According to expert David Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research, the Baz Luhrmann-directed film (“Moulin Rouge”, “The Great Gatsby”) grossed $30.5 million between Friday and Sunday, almost double the average for musicals -biopics.
Casting the relatively unknown Austin Butler as Elvis Presley alongside Tom Hanks as his abusive impresario Colonel Tom Parker was a “risky gamble,” the pundit added, but the film was also a hit with audiences.
Elvis found itself tied on points with Top Gun: Maverick, which continued to panic the counters by also earning $30.5 million at the box office in its fifth week of operation.
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The sequel to Top Gun, 36 years later, has been critically acclaimed. Tom Cruise still plays US Navy test pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, now a captain, who must train younger pilots to bomb a rogue country’s uranium enrichment facility.
Top Gun: Maverick is now the biggest commercial hit of the year worldwide, grossing over a billion dollars in total: 522 million in the North American market and 484 million in the rest of the world.
“Jurassic World: The World After,” the sixth installment in the iconic dinosaur saga, took third place with $26.4 million in sales.
It’s “Black Phone,” a horror film starring Ethan Hawke as a serial killer, which ranked fourth in the weekend of its release with $23.4 million in gross revenue.
A week after its release, “Buzz Lightyear” ranks fifth with $17.7 million in weekend sales.
Here is the rest of the top 10:
6 – “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ($1.7 million)
7 – “Jugjugg Jeeyo” ($604,000)
8 – “Everything, Everywhere at Once” ($533,000)
9 – “Bob’s Burgers: The Movie” ($513,000)
10 – “The Bad Guys” ($440,000)