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Elvis Outperforms Top Gun: Maverick, Heated Box Office Competition by $1 Million!

After fierce competition for the top spot on the North American box office charts, “Elvis” defeated “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll, occupied the top spot on Friday before slipping to second on Saturday, pitting “Elvis” against “Top Gun: Maverick” in a weekend battle. With each movie earning an estimated $30.5 million over the course of the three days, the movies then tied for first place in North America on Sunday.

“Elvis” earned $31.1 million from 3,906 theatres in its box office premiere, while “Top Gun: Maverick” earned $29.6 million from 3,948 locations in its sixth weekend of release, according to the final numbers collected on Monday.

Both films achieved a strong outcome, even though “Elvis” ultimately won the box office crown. A $31 million opening for “Elvis” is encouraging for an adult-skewing drama, as this audience’s core tends not to flock to the theatres on opening weekend. Without taking into account marketing or distribution costs, Warner Bros. spent $85 million on the movie’s production, so “Elvis” needs to continue showing in theatres all summer long to make money.

Elvis Outperforms Top Gun: Maverick, Heated Box Office Competition by $1 Million!

It’ll be beneficial that “Elvis,” a larger-than-life musical biopic starring Austin Butler, has been warmly welcomed by viewers, who gave it a “A-” CinemaScore. Through the perspective of Colonel Tom Parker, the performer’s ethically dubious manager, the movie, which was directed by Baz Luhrmann, charts the performer’s spectacular climb to prominence (played by Tom Hanks).

A second-place finish for “Maverick” at this stage in its theatrical run is an unqualified victory — and a monument to the movie’s improbable endurance at the box office. After more than a month of theatrical release, it’s practically unheard of for a movie to sell that many tickets. The movie from Paramount Pictures is currently the top-grossing film in North America with domestic box office receipts of $520.8 million.

Despite barely being in theatres for 31 days, “Top Gun: Maverick” still had much to celebrate over the weekend. It is Tom Cruise’s first film to gross more than $1 billion globally at the box office, with current global revenues standing at $1.006 billion. Notably, it is the first film of the year and just the second in COVID history (after Sony’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” with $1.9 billion) to surpass the desired threshold.

The owners of movie theatres are feeling upbeat about this weekend’s box office results overall. In a first for COVID times, four films — “Elvis” and a fellow newcomer, Universal’s Blumhouse thriller “The Black Phone” ($23.3 million), as well as holdovers “Maverick” and Universal’s “Jurassic World Dominion” ($26.4 million) — each brought in $20 million or more over the weekend. Moreover, with $17 million, Disney’s Pixar movie “Lightyear” came in at number five.

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