'Elvis,' 'Top Gun' tie for box-office crown with $30.5M each
Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic “Elvis” shook up theaters with an estimated $30.5
million in weekend ticket sales, but — in a box-office rarity — “Elvis” tied “Top Gun: Maverick,"
which also reported $30.5 million, for No. 1 in theaters.
Final figures Monday, once Sunday's grosses are tabulated, will sort out which film ultimately
won the weekend. With a high degree of accuracy, studios can forecast Sunday sales based on
Friday and Saturday business, though numbers often shift by a few hundred thousand dollars.
But for now, the unlikely pair of “Elvis” and “Maverick” are locked in a dance off (if you favor
“Elvis”) or a dead heat (if you prefer “Maverick”). That it was this close at all was due to both a
better-than-expected opening for “Elvis” and remarkably strong continued sales for “Top Gun: Maverick.