‘Elvis’ Has JUST ENOUGH To Beat ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ At The Box Office

We told you last week that ‘Elvis’ would be battling ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at the box office, which is not exactly a battle people expected a month ago. After all, the ‘Top Gun’ sequel entered theaters a month ago. It should be on its way out, but the flick has had incredible staying power.

And this past weekend, it came super close to beating Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ biopic.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ brought in $29.6 million in its fifth weekend inside theaters. Meanwhile, Elvis managed to grab $31.1 million in its box office debut.

Although ‘Elvis’ ultimately took the box office crown, both films were able to post a strong result. For ‘Elvis,’ a $31 million debut is promising for an adult-skewing drama since its core demographic does not traditionally rush out to see a movie on opening weekend.

But still, the studio spent $85 million on this film (not including marketing) so they’ll need to continue to perform well at the box office for weeks to come.

Meanwhile, Top Gun: Maverick has made $520 million at the domestic box office, but perhaps more importantly, it crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide. That’s a huge achievement, typically reserved for superhero flicks.

By the way, the Ethan Hawke horror flick ‘The Black Phone‘ also had a decent opening this past weekend, bringing in $23.3 million.

Safe to say, theater owners have been happy the past month or two. Hopefully the trend continues.

‘Elvis’ Looks To Bring In At Least $30 Million During Opening Weekend

How much is a 12-minute standing ovation at Cannes worth? Well, around $30 million, according to the most recent box office projections.

Early estimates have the upcoming ‘Elvis‘ biopic bringing in around $30 million during its opening weekend. It will premiere in nearly 4,000 theaters across the country this weekend.

The movie stars Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as his infamous manager. The film was shot on a pretty pricey $85 million budget, not accounting for marketing, so they’ll need every bit of this potential $30 million opening.

Another new flick entering theaters this weekend? The Ethan Hawke-starring horror film, The Black Phone, which is receiving solid reviews from critics. Experts say the film could bring in around $15 million this weekend. It was made on an $18 million budget, so a $15 million start would be solid.

One thing to watch this weekend? The potential for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ to beat both films in its fourth week inside theaters! Projections show the movie making around $30 million this weekend, so if that holds true, it could be another huge victory for the movie, which is quickly closing in on the $1 billion global mark.

Given stellar word-of-mouth, the nostalgia-fueled sequel to 1986’s ‘Top Gun’ has withstood minuscule week-to-week drops and looks to score another $30 million to $33 million between Friday and Sunday. It has grossed $901 million globally, making it the highest-grossing movie of the year in the U.S. and the second-highest worldwide.

It should be a great battle.

Baz Luhrmann Explains Why He Rejected Harry Styles For ‘Elvis’

Later this month, Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis‘ biopic will hit theaters. The movie has received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics. It also received a 10-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival… if that means anything to you.

Anyway, Austin Butler stars in the movie as Elvis Presley, and most critics are praising his performance. Even the critics who didn’t particularly care for the story, agree that Butler killed it as Elvis.

And that has to make director Luhrmann feel real good after he passed on Harry Styles for Butler. During a recent interview on an Australian podcast, the director talked about how he was in serious talks with Styles, but ultimately decided to pass on the pop star.

Harry is a really talented actor. I would work on something with him [but] the real issue with Harry is, he’s Harry Styles. He’s already an icon. Harry and I came to a place, genuinely I mean, he was just desperate to put the suit on and explore. He’s such a great spirit and I have nothing but great things to say about Harry Styles.

According to Luhrmann, the difference between Styles and Butler is that Styles WANTED to play Elvis…. Butler was DESTINED to play Elvis.

The thing about Austin was that he will tell you himself, I didn’t pick him: It’s as if he was drawn, like the role drew them in, because he was almost born to play it. You know, we can talk about it now, he like loses his mom at the same age that Elvis did. He sends a video to me with this thing and… He just happened like two years non-stop living and breathing as Elvis.

‘Elvis’ will hit a theater near you on June 24, 2022.

Austin Butler Claims His Body Shut Down, Bedridden For A Week After Filming ‘Elvis’ Biopic

30-year-old actor Austin Butler landed the role of his young life when he signed on to play Elvis Presley back in 2019. He spent the next two years studying for the role, even acting as if he was Elvis.

And apparently, the whole thing took a lot out of him. Once they wrapped filming in 2020, Butler claims he had to be hospitalized.

In an interview with GQ, he talked about the health emergency…

The next day [after filming wrapped] I woke up at four in the morning with excruciating pain, and I was rushed to hospital. My body just started shutting down the day after I finished ‘Elvis.’

According to Butler, he had a virus that simulated appendicitis. We’re not exactly sure what virus that would be, but he claims he was left bedridden for one week.

Sounds like the role drained him of all his energy, so hopefully it was worth it. The ‘Elvis‘ biopic, which co-stars Tom Hanks, is scheduled to hit theaters on June 24, 2022.

Check out the trailer below…

Watch Austin Butler And Tom Hanks In First Trailer For ‘Elvis’

Remember when Tom Hanks caught COVID-19 early on in the pandemic back in 2020? He was in Australia filming a movie at the time, and now two years later, that movie is set to be released.

Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s drama film, Elvis, starring Hanks and Austin Butler.

The anticipated film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks).  The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.

The movie also stars Olivia DeJonge, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Helen Thompson, Richard Roxburgh and Natasha Bassett.

Luhrmann directed and co-wrote this film. It’s very much his baby. He had been working on the script for years before finally getting it right.

Elvis is set to hit theaters across the globe on June 22, and with so much talent involved, it’s entirely possible this film gets nominated for some awards.

Check out the trailer below. It looks pretty special.