“Elvis” and “Top Gun: Maverick” battle for No 1 as “Black Phone” rings up $23mln



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“Elvis” and “Top Gun: Maverick” battle for No 1 as “Black Phone” rings up $23mln

In what has been widely viewed as a 20th Century showdown in domestic box office this weekend with baby boomer “Elvis” engaging in a neck-to-neck battle with Gen-Z sequel of 1986’s “Top Gun,” the Tom Cruise-starred action-adventure “Top Gun: Maverick” has been closing in a $1 billion milestone, which in effect would make it the highest-grossing film of 2022.

In tandem, “Black Phone” looks to make a decent debut with $23 million. Nevertheless, “Elvis” has been a key attraction this weekend, as Baz Luhrmann’s biopic on the king of Rock n’ Roll is expected to make a $30 million opening from 3,906 silver screens across North America.

In the matter of the fact, “Elvis” appears to be well en-route to become Luhrmann’s second-highest grossing film after 2013’s epic “The Great Gatsby” which had yielded a whopping $50 million.

Besides, the Tom Hanks- and Austin Butler-starred “Elvis” showed potential to become the highest non-franchise opening since the onset of pandemic outbreak by surpassing Paramount’s “The Lost City” that had racked up a $30.4 million over opening weekend back in the Spring.

“Elvis” and “Top Gun: Maverick” wrestle for No 1 spot

Aside from that, as “Elvis” also has received a favourable rating from critics with Rotten Tomatoes ranking the movie at a 68 per cent and CinemaScore at an A-, the 159-minutes film that had had a budget of $85 million excluding promos seems to have made a solid start.

However, the film would likely to meet with steep competition from “Jurassic World Dominion,” “Lightyear” alongside “Top Gun: Maverick”. Paramount has forecasted a $30 million harvest for “Top Gun: Maverick” coming into the fifth week after opening.

The movie still has a solid 67 per cent hold, as Paramount claims that the film could park itself at the top of box office again this weekend, while “Jurassic World Dominion” might have hauled roughly a $26 million.