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‘Elvis’ Nips ‘Maverick’ at Weekend Box Office as ‘Top Gun’ Sequel Passes $1 Billion in Global Revenue

Warner Bros. Pictures’ biopic Elvis took in $31.1 million at the box office its opening weekend — about $1 million ahead of Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick, which took in $29.6 million and has been in theaters for an entire month.

The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun is lead actor Tom Cruise’s biggest-grossing movie across a 40-year career, with a total global take that this weekend surpassed $1 billion.

Meanwhile, Elvis, from director Baz Luhrman, surpassed Warner’s estimates, underscoring the enduring consumer demand for anything related to Elvis Presley. The film stars Austin Butler as the “king” of rock ‘n’ roll and Tom Hanks as his overbearing manager, Col. Tom Parker.

Filling out the box office podium is Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Dominion, the sixth movie in the dinosaur franchise, which generated about $26.4 million in ticket sales to finish the weekend at No. 3. The tally brings the film’s total North American take to $300 million, while globally the film has generated $747 million in ticket sales since its June 1 debut.

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Another new film that opened this past weekend, the Universal/Blumhouse horror film The Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke, generated an estimated $23.3 million in ticket sales across more than 3,000 screens — topping expectations and suggesting that the post-pandemic box office can, in fact, handle more than one or two major releases at the same time.

Finally, Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear generated $17.7 million in revenue to bring the Toy Story spin-off movie’s North American revenue total to $88 million, and $152.4 million worldwide.

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