'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.
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."
The “Top Gun” sequel reached $1 billion in worldwide box office in its fifth week of release.