Maverick’ will earn a rare dance at the box office with $31 million

Elvis danced in front Top Gun: Maverick to officially win the weekend’s box office race and top the national chart on its debut.

In a rare box office tie, Sunday studio estimates included the Baz Luhrmann biopic – starring Austin Butler as Elvis Presley – and Top Gun: Maverick each earning $30.5 million.

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But the figures for the last weekend were tallied during the Monday morning show Elvis grossing $31.1 million after a strong Sunday, according to Warner Bros.

Paramount’s latest weekend count for Top Gun: Maverick is $29.6 million. An unusual confluence of events led to the unusual dance. Top Gun: Maverick – which crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide – climbed the charts in its fifth weekend after being re-released on select Imax screens and other high-end large-format screens.

Elvis, from Warner Bros., has older moviegoers to thank for opening ahead of expectations: 56% of audiences to date are over 35, with 29% over 55. Luhrmann’s frenetic Elvis Presley biopic biased women (57%) and, unsurprisingly, played better in the South. Audiences gave it an A-CinemaScore and a score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes (the critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes is lower at 79%).

“It’s an extraordinary achievement to reach this level of activity and see older moviegoers returning to theaters,” said Warner’s head of national distribution Jeff Goldstein, whose studio was rocked by a change of direction in recent weeks as the new boss of Warner Bros. Discovery. chef David Zaslav has hired Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy to run the movie studio as movie president Toby Emmerich steps down.

Overseas, the biopic raked in $20 million in its first 52 markets for a global debut of $50.5 million. The UK and Australia led with $4.7 million each.

Elvis co-stars Tom Hanks as the infamous musical director Colonel Tom Parker and Olivia DeJonge (Visit) as Priscilla Presley.

On the way to the weekend, follow-up suggested Elvis would open in the $25 million range domestically, given that adult dramas are a contested genre in the pandemic era. Additionally, the marquee is the busiest since COVID-19 hit, with leftovers such as Top Gun 2, Jurassic World Dominion and Light year and new horror entry The black phone.

June 24-26 marked the first non-holiday weekend in five years when four titles grossed $20 million or more and the first time that happened in four years for a weekend. And overall revenue was only down 10% from 2019, when toy story 4 alone debuted at $118 million.

Top Gun 2, which earlier this week crossed the $900 million mark worldwide, hit another milestone on Friday when it became just the second Hollywood release in the pandemic era to surpass $500 million. dollars at the national level. (Last years Spider-Man: No Coming Home earned $804.7 million in North America.) The Paramount and Skydance film ended Sunday with a domestic total of $521.7 million. Internationally, it won the weekend with $44.5 million in 65 markets for a foreign tally of $484.7 million.

Universal and Amblin Jurassic World Dominion also continued to please in its third weekend as it approaches $750 million in worldwide ticket sales. The dinosaur pic came third in the country with $26.4 million to cross the $300 million mark in North America with a total through Sunday of $302.8 million.

Internationally, Jurassic World 3 grossed an additional $43 million in 72 markets grossing $443.9 million overseas and $746.7 million worldwide. That includes a hearty $114 million from China.

As ElvisBlumhouse and Universal’s The black phone also did better than expected on their national debut. The pic, fueled by moviegoers between the ages of 18 and 34, ranked fourth nationally with an estimated opening of $23.4 million.

Directed by Scott Derrickson, The black phone boasts an 87% review score on Rotten Tomatoes and earned a B+ from audiences. The pic stars Mason Thames as a boy who receives supernatural help in his attempts to escape a serial killer played by Ethan Hawke. Overseas, it earned $12.4 million from 45 markets for a global start of $35.9 million.

A disappointment is that of Disney and Pixar Light year, which fell 65% to $17.7 million on its second outing after opening at $51 million a week ago. This is an unprecedented drop for a Pixar film (excluding Aheadwhich opened just as movie theaters began closing due to the pandemic and fell 72% in its second weekend).

Lightyear’s national 10-day total is $88.8 million. overseas, the toy story the spinoff grossed $19.3 million in 43 markets for a foreign tally of $63.6 million and $152.4 million worldwide.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Colleen D. Ervin