Crowded Weekend Box Office Features ‘Elvis’ and ‘The Black Phone’ Debuts

The June 26 weekend box office is set to take on a pre-pandemic look with five major theatrical releases competing for consumers’ spending.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ high-profile biopic Elvis generated $3.5 million in June 23 pre-screening revenue to cement itself as the weekend pole sitter. The Baz Luhrmann-directed movie features Austin Butler as “The King of Rock & Roll,” and Tom Hanks as the Elvis Presley’s overbearing manager Colonel Tom Parker.

The movie, which generated a 83% Rotten Tomatoes score from 95 critics through June 22, is projected to generate around from $25 million to $38 million in North American ticket sales, putting it ahead of Universal Pictures’ new Blumhouse horror flick, The Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke, at $20.3 million in projected revenue. The movie has a 86% Rotten Tomatoes score from 57 critics.

The new releases buttress theatrical holdovers Jurassic World: Dominion (Universal) with $31.5 million in projected revenue, Paramount Pictures’ enduring Top Gun: Maverick ($30 million), and Disney/Pixar Animation’s Lightyear with $23 million is estimated revenue in its second weekend of release.

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‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Takes Second Weekend Box Office as ‘Lightyear’ Stumbles in Debut

Universal Pictures’ dinosaur sequel Jurassic World: Dominion held onto the No. 1 position at the North American box office, generating more than estimated $58.6 million in its second week of domestic release through June 19. That was enough to hold off big name challenger, Pixar Animation’s Lightyear, which bowed with an estimated $51 million in ticket sales.

With a reported production budget approaching $200 million, Lightyear’s performance portends a troubling fiscal reality going forward. The movie was the first Pixar title to receive a theatrical bow since the dawn of the pandemic, with the three previous Pixar releases — Soul, Luca and Turning Red — going straight to the Disney+ streaming platform. The trend suggests some family audiences may have become accustomed to the streaming option — skipping the theater in anticipation of Lightyear coming to streaming shortly.

Others pin the underperformance to Disney generating several political controversies of late, as company executives vowed to insert more queer representation into its films, including a lesbian family in Lightyear. With star Chris Evans calling potential viewers who may be wary of such content in a childrens’ film “idiots,” conservative audiences were likely turned off by the publicity and stayed away.

For Dominion, the tally ups the movie’s North American gross revenue to $259 million. Filling out the podium: Paramount Pictures’ enduring sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which saw another $44 million in ticket sales across more than 4,000 screens. Significantly, the projected weekend gross ranks No. 2 behind 2009’s Avatar ($50 million) as the highest for a movie in its fourth weekend of release. Maverick has generated $466 million in North American revenue; $885 globally — tops for a Tom a Cruise movie.

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AMC Theatres: Revenue for June 9-12 Beat Same Pre-Pandemic Weekend in 2019

With multiple studio blockbusters performing well this past weekend, AMC Theatres reported its admissions revenue globally outpaced the same weekend in 2019 by 15%.

With the opening of Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Dominion and the continued success of Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick, more than 4.9 million moviegoers attended a screening at an AMC theater in the United States and internationally June 9-12, making it the second busiest weekend of 2022.

The weekend success of Dominion comes on the heels of Maverick’s record-setting Memorial Day weekend, suggesting the box office continues to show signs of post-pandemic recovery.

AMC expects the trend to continue with this weekend’s debut of Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear, followed by Warner Bros. Pictures’ Elvis on June 24, Universal’s Minions: Rise of Gru on July 1, and Thor: Love & Thunder, which opens July 8.

“It is so encouraging to see AMC’s admissions revenue topping those of the same weekend of 2019, prior to the pandemic, which so depressed our revenue in 2020 and 2021,” CEO Adam Aron said in a statement. “There is a wonderful quote from Jurassic World: Dominion that ‘Life finds a way.’ It is looking, too, that ‘theaters find a way.’

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‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Thrashes Box Office with $143 Million Opening

Despite lukewarm reviews, Universal Pictures’ sixth installment in the “Jurassic” franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion, generated an estimated $143 million across nearly 4,700 North American screens to dominate its opening weekend box office through June 12.

The tally is just behind 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which opened with $148 million.

The previous box office champ, Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick, brought in an estimated $50 million in its third weekend of release, upping the sequel’s domestic haul past $393.3 million. Worldwide, the film has now generated $747 million in ticket sales.

Rounding out the podium: Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which saw another $4.9 million in ticket sales across more than 3,300 screens. After six weeks of release, the superhero actioner has surpassed $930 million at the global box office — without a Chinese release.

Disney-owned 20th Century Films’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie added $2.3 million in revenue across 2,600 screens to up its North American total to $27 million.

Universal/Dreamworks Animation’s animated heist comedy The Bad Guys tacked on an additional $2.25 million in ticket sales across more than 2,400 screens, upping its global tally past $229 million after eight weeks.

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Universal’s ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Snatches $18 Million in Thursday Previews; Can it Unseat the ‘Maverick’ at Weekend Box Office?

Universal Pictures’ latest summer dinosaurs movie blockbuster, Jurassic World: Dominion, generated $18 million in previews Thursday, June 9, giving the softly reviewed franchise title improved odds of topping Paramount Pictures’ current box office champ, Top Gun: Maverick.

Dominion, which opens across more than 4,600 North American screens, returns much of the cast from recent editions, including franchise original cast members Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. The movie is tracking well with teenagers — a prerequisite for any summer blockbuster.

Additional motivators include the franchise’s recent history. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened four years ago to $148 million in North American ticket sales despite middling reviews. That movie ended its global box office with $1.3 billion in revenue, including almost $418 million in domestic ticket sales.

Meanwhile, Top Gun: Maverick continues to resonate among “older” viewers 35 and above. The title is expected to relinquish its pole position with a projected $57 million in revenue, bringing its North American tally above $400 million.

Other holdovers include Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with $4.9 million ($397 million); Universal Pictures/Dreamworks Animation’s The Bad Guys with $2.8 million ($92 million); 20th Century Studios’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie with $2.4 million ($27.2 million), and Universal/Focus Features’s Downton Abbey: A New Era with $1.9 million ($40 million).

Report: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Joins List of Sequels That Outperformed the Originals at the Box Office

Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick is currently in its third week in theaters and is breaking the box office mark of the original 1986 Top Gun, which is considered a classic of modern cinema. Top Gun: Maverick has generated $557.2 million on global ticket sales — up 55% from the $357.4 million the original generated in its entire theatrical run.

It should be noted that adjusted for inflation the original Top Gun’s box office tally tops $941.9 million.

Regardless, a study conducted by AskGamblers compiled a list of movie sequels that exceeded, on paper anyway, the fiscal performance of the originals.

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight grossed almost $1 billion against the $359 million made by Batman Begins, a difference of almost $640 million. Heath Ledger’s performance as Joker (and untimely death) was among the factors of the movie’s fiscal success.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers earned $229 million more than The Fellowship of the Ring, just a year after the latter was released, as fans all around the world were eager to know more about Frodo’s adventures.

Blade Runner, released in 1982, the movie starring Harrison Ford didn’t do exceptionally at the box office, grossing almost $40 million regardless of the generally good reviews. The 2017 sequel, Blade Runner 2049, which added Ryan Gosling to its cast next to Ford, made $219 million more.

Other movie sequels outperforming the original include The Avengers (2012), which made $119 million more than 2015’s Age of Ultron, and the Harry Potter franchise, as Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone made $965 million, while Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets grossed $875 million.

List of sequels that did better at the box office than their original counterpart
  Original movie Year Worldwide gross ($) Sequel Year Worldwide gross ($) Difference ($)
1 Batman Begins 2005 $358,858,124 The Dark Knight 2008 $998,615,789 $639.757.665
2 Shrek 2001 $491,812,794 Shrek 2 2004 $935,253,978 $443.441.184
3 The Matrix 1999 $465,974,198 The Matrix Reloaded 2003 $738,576,817 $272.602.619
4 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 $891,216,824 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2003 $1,120,214,046 $228,997,222
5 Blade Runner 1982 $39,535,837 Blade Runner 2049 2017 $258,829,058 $219,293,221
6 Top Gun 1986 $357,469,522 Top Gun: Maverick 2022 $557,200,000 $199,730,478
7 The Hunger Games 2012 $677,923,379 Catching Fire 2013 $864,868,047 $186,944,668
8 Toy Story 1995 $365,270,951 Toy Story 2 1999 $511,258,276 $145,987,325
9 X-Men 2000 $296,872,367 X-Men 2 2003 $406,348,630 $109,476,263
10 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 $770,882,395 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 2017 $869,113,101 $98,230,706


Tom Cruise Remains ‘Top Gun’ at the Box Office as ‘Maverick’ Hauls in $86 Million in Second-Weekend Revenue

Worries about a sophomore weekend slump proved misguided as Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick generated an estimated $86 million in ticket sales across more than 4,700 North American screens.

The $291 million domestic tally now marks Tom Cruise’s biggest North American release, surpassing $243 million for War of the Worlds in 2005. Internationally, Maverick has topped $257 million. More impressively, the sequel saw just a 32% drop from its $160 million opening weekend total — far below other recent blockbusters, including Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (both 57% declines), and The Batman, which saw a 50% drop in second-weekend ticket sales.

Disney-owne 20th Century Films’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie rounded out the podium with $4.5 million in week-two ticket sales, which upped its North American total to $22.2 million.

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Universal Pictures’ animated film The Bad Guys continued its strong box office run, adding $3.3 million in revenue to up its North American tally to $87 million.

The studio’s Downton Abbey: A New Era added $3 million to up its North American total to $34 million, and finish in the top five for the weekend.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ on Box Office Cruise Control Entering Second Theatrical Weekend

Following a record-setting Memorial Day theatrical debut, Paramount Pictures’ critically acclaimed sequel Top Gun: Maverick is poised to dominate its sophomore box office weekend with a projected $57 million in ticket sales over the three-day weekend through June 5. If those projections hold true, the North American box office take for the Tom Cruise actioner would soar above $242 million.

Additionally, the movie has a chance of becoming the highest-grossing theatrical release following the Memorial Day weekend — a distinction currently held by Paramount’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with $44.7 million in revenue in 2008.

Other enduring theatrical releases include Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with $9.7 million in projected ticket sales; The Bob’s Burgers Movie (20th Century Studios) at $5 million; Universal Pictures/Focus Features’ Downton Abbey: A New Era with $3.5 million, and Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation’s The Bad Guys with $3.2 million.

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Tops $156 Million in Debut, Best Memorial Day Weekend Opening Ever

Show me the money!

The words might be from a different Tom Cruise movie (Jerry Maguire), but the impact is just the same. Paramount Pictures’ oft-delayed blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick finally hit the big screen with a smash — generating more than $156 million in projected North American ticket sales across 4,725 screens over the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

The tally tops the previous Memorial Day weekend record of $153 million set by Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End in 2007.

For Cruise, the sequel to the 36-year-old original Top Gun marks the actor’s highest-grossing movie debut.

Rounding out the Memorial Day domestic box office: Disney/Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with $21.1 million to bring its domestic total to $375 million, and 20th Century Studios’ The Bob’s Burgers Movie, which generated $15 million in its theatrical debut across more than 3,400 screens.

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Paramount’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Looks to Crush Memorial Day Weekend Box Office

Entering the long Memorial Day weekend should be a box office success for Paramount Pictures’ oft delayed and highly anticipated sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, featuring Tom Cruise reprising one of the roles that made him a superstar.

Originally slated for the 2020 summer box office, the movie was shelved as the pandemic decimated the exhibition market. Now, the sequel is expected to help lure back baby boomer and Gen. X moviegoers (especially military families) who might be using the title as a reason to return to theaters. The movie is projected to top $100 million across North American screens from May 27-29, and $125 million when factoring Thursday, May 26 screenings.

No Tom Cruise movie has ever opened above $100 million at the domestic box office. While Paramount is betting the farm, opening the movie at a record 4,725 North American screens, it is reportedly projecting a four-day opening box office of $93 million. The film generated $19.3 million in Thursday previews. 

Supporting the lofty ticket sale projections are Cruise’s appeal with older female audiences, strong critical reviews (97% Rotten Tomatoes) and the actor’s promise to include more spectacular aerials — many flown by Cruise himself, an accomplished pilot.

On the opposite end of the weekend box office, Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ new release, The Bob’s Burgers Movie, is projected to generate $12 million to $15 million across about 3,400 screens.