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‘Elvis’ is king of box office after final tallies

Jake Coyle

NEW YORK (AP) – Elvis (AP, pic below) has won its box-office dance-off with Top Gun: Maverick. After the two films reported the same ticket sales last Sunday, Monday’s final numbers has Elvis, alone, as king of the weekend.

Elvis ultimately grossed USD31.1 million from last Friday to Sunday, according to Warner Bros’ final figures on Monday. That’s a touch above the USD30.5 million the studio forecast last Sunday. When film studios report box office last Sunday, they’re able to fairly accurately predict the ticket sales.

Paramount Pictures, on the other hand, slightly overestimated how Top Gun: Maverick fared in its fifth weekend. After the studio reported the same USD30.5 million for the Top Gun sequel last Sunday, the studio’s final number came in at USD29.6 million. Regardless, both films performed well. Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic opened above expectations, and brought out large numbers of older moviegoers – a segment of the audience that’s been slow to return to theaters during the pandemic.

Top Gun: Maverick continued to hold remarkably well, dipping a modest 34 per cent in its fifth weekend.

Overall, the Joseph Kosinski-directed film starring Tom Cruise has earned about USD1 billion worldwide, including more than USD520 million domestically.