‘Elvis’ and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ have photo finish at the box office in unusual weekend

It’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell vs. Elvis Aaron Presley in a domestic brawl.

In one corner you have the big new studio release of the weekend, Warner Bros. and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvisa highly stylized look at an American icon starring newcomer Austin Butler shaking his hips and fat fit Tom Hanks wet his lips. In the other corner, the former number one movie, Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverickwho was dethroned for Universal’s for two weeks Jurassic World Dominion

From Sunday afternoon, according to Variety, both films were deadlocked for $30.5 million in domestic revenue. I don’t care how many times you’ve visited Graceland, there’s a certain tension in the idea of… Tom Cruise zooming in from behind to recapture first place after a full month of wide release. (At least of course, if you care about these things.)

That there is a race at all speaks for a healthy weekend at the cinema, which is certainly a good feeling for exhibitors still finding their way in a post-Omicron environment. In addition to Independent thinking person and Elvistwo other movies, Jurassic World and the Ethan Hawke-led horror photo The black phone they all scored over $20 million. light yearDisney’s kind of prequel to Toy Story, came close to targeting $17 million. The animated family movie is officially an underperformer at this point, but as part of the whole weekend, it’s contributing to the healthy multiplex ecosystem.

Even if Top Gun: Maverickwhich co-stars Jennifer ConnellyVal KilmerJon HammMonica BarbaraGlen Powellairplanes, crazy mountain peaks, stretched faces from ridiculous G-forces, Miles Tellerand others, had to beat Elvis in the end, it’s still a strong performance for The King.

Luhrmann is unorthodox (well, unorthodox for others, not for) itLook at the Life of Elvis received an A- from Cinemascore, which polls existing ticket buyers, and has a decent 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. However, those who don’t like it, For real hate it.

And while it’s folly to watch a Hollywood biopic for hard facts, the film plays fast and loose on the issue of race. VF‘s Yohana Desta explored this in a piece published earlier this week in a way that is fair to both Presley and the artists who inspired him.

One thing cannot be denied. The more people see Elvisall the more will be exposed to the relatively deep-cut “Polk Salad Annie,” which Luhrmann puts to good use in a Vegas-era montage.


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