The King is the top movie in the United States. After a tough fight at the box office, “Elvis” beat “Top Gun: Maverick” to take the number one spot in North America.
“Elvis” and “Top Gun: Maverick” were in a battle for the top spot over the weekend. On Friday, “Elvis” was No. 1, but on Saturday, “Top Gun: Maverick” was No. 1. Then, on Sunday, both movies were tied for first place in North America, with each making about $30.5 million in three days.
“Elvis” made $31.1 million in its first weekend at the box office from 3,906 theatres, while “Top Gun: Maverick” made $29.6 million from 3,948 theatres during its fifth weekend in theatres.
Even though “Elvis” was the winner, in the end, both movies did well at the box office. For “Elvis,” a $31 million opening weekend is good for a drama aimed at adults since people in that age group don’t usually rush to see a movie on opening weekend.
Warner Bros spent $85 million to make the movie, and that doesn’t include marketing or distribution costs. This means that “Elvis” has to keep playing in theatres all summer long for the company to make money.
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It will help that “Elvis,” a bigger-than-life musical biopic starring Austin Butler, has been well-received by audiences, who gave it an “A-” CinemaScore. The movie, which was directed by Baz Luhrmann, tells the story of the performer’s meteoric rise to fame from the point of view of his morally ambiguous manager, Colonel Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks).
At this point in “Maverick’s” run in theatres, coming in second place is a huge win, and it shows how well the movie has done at the box office so far. After being in theatres for more than a month, it’s almost unheard of for a movie to sell that many tickets.
So far, the Paramount Pictures movie has made $520,8 million at the domestic box office, making it the highest-grossing movie of the year in North America.
“Top Gun: Maverick” has only been in theatres for 31 days, but it has already made more than a billion dollars. It is Tom Cruise’s first movie to make more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office. At the moment, it has made $1.006 billion.
It’s important to note that it’s the first movie of the year and only the second in COVID history (after Sony’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which made $1.9 billion) to pass the coveted $1 billion mark.
Overall, this weekend’s box office numbers have finally given movie theatre owners a reason to be hopeful. That’s because, for the first time in COVID times, four movies—”Elvis,” “The Black Phone,” “Maverick,” and “Jurassic World: Dominion”—all made at least $20 million over the weekend. And Disney’s “Lightyear,” a Pixar movie, came close with $17 million.