‘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.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Has Super Impressive Second Weekend At The Box Office

Damn. Tom Cruise is killing it at the box office right now. After bringing in over $150 million during Memorial Day weekend (including Monday) ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ just scored an additional $90 million this past weekend.

Thanks to positive word of mouth and outstanding reviews, the sequel film’s ticket sales declined just 29% in its second weekend, the lowest percentage in history for a movie that debuted to $100 million or more.

Though a peculiar statistic, the scant second-weekend drop is impressive because big-budget blockbusters — even well-received ones — tend to plummet by at least 50% after scoring huge opening weekends. By comparison, recent tentpoles ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ and Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ each declined 67% in their sophomore outings, while Robert Pattinson’s ‘The Batman’ fell 50% in week two.

It’s extremely impressive. Movies these days would kill for an opening weekend of $90 million, and this film just got that in its second weekend!

In total, it’s grossed over $295 million at the domestic box office, but it’s earned an additional $257 million overseas, bringing its global total to a ridiculous $550 million. As long as the numbers keep up, this will become Cruise’s biggest movie ever at the global box office.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which collected $791 million worldwide in 2018, currently stands as the actor’s highest-grossing blockbuster of all time

Safe to say, Top Gun: Maverick is a legit hit. How much will it make next weekend?

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Just Broke All Kinds Of Records At The Box Office

Tom Cruise and the rest of the ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ crew have reason to celebrate today after a wildly successful Memorial Day weekend at the box office.

We told you last week that the ‘Top Gun’ sequel had a great chance of becoming Cruise’s first $100 million opening weekend, and well, we were right. The movie made $126 million through Sunday, and then brought in an additional $30 million on Memorial Day.

In total, it made $156 million in its first four days of release, which means it now holds the record for the biggest Memorial Day debut in history. The previous record holder was ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End‘ with $153 million back in 2007.

In a promising sign for summer movie season, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ — without the help of costumed heroes or fantastical spells — landed one of the top pandemic-era openings after ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ ($260 million), ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ ($187 million) and ‘The Batman’ ($134 million). Hollywood hopes a range of movies, like “’Jurassic World Dominion’ (June 9), ‘Elvis’ (June 24) and Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ (July 22), will continue to entice audiences beyond the typically popular Marvel fare.

The movie brought in $124 million across the world, so the global total stands at an impressive $248 million. According to the reports, the budget was at around $150 million, so it looks like it already made its money back, depending on how much they spent on marketing.

If you haven’t seen ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ yet, you might want to give it a chance. Not only did critics rave, the general audience did as well. It scored a rare A+ CinemaScore.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Could Be Tom Cruise’s Biggest Opening Weekend Ever

Top Gun: Maverick‘ is set to hit theaters across the country this weekend, and some experts believe it just might be Tom Cruise’s biggest opening weekend.

The film has received glowing reviews from critics, and even early audiences who were lucky enough to attend screenings have been praising the film. And because of the hype, box office experts say it could bring in nearly $100 million during its first three days, and an additional $20 million on Memorial Day.

If it’s able to squeeze out $100 million in its first three days, it’ll mark the first $100 million opening weekend for the 59-year-old actor.

For Cruise, even the lower end of projections would land as the biggest opening weekend of his career. Though he’s probably the biggest action star of his generation, none of his movies have opened to more than $65 million at the domestic box office. The actor’s 2005 science-fiction epic ;War of the Worlds; currently stands as his best debut with $64 million, followed by 2018’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ with $61 million.

So it’s extremely likely this ‘Top Gun’ sequel will be the biggest opening weekend of his career. The movie cost $170 million to produce, which is a fairly high budget, but with the buzz surrounding this film, they should be able to make that back and more rather easily.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ will hit theaters this Friday, the 27th. Check out the trailer below…

Tom Cruise Says He Would Not Allow ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ To Debut On Streaming

As most of you know, the ‘Top Gun‘ sequel ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ is finally entering theaters in just one short week after a two year delay, thanks in large part to COVID-19. It was originally supposed to be released in June of 2020.

It was then pushed back multiple times, and at one point, some wondered if the film would simply premiere on a streaming platform.

But Tom Cruise would not let that happen for a couple reasons. One being he and the director filmed this movie specifically for theaters. The high flying stunts in the movie were designed for the big screen.

The second reason? He loves movie theaters.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with theater owners. The people that serve the popcorn, the ones who make this [happen],” he said before the film’s premiere at Cannes.

The actor said he called movie theater owners with a message: ‘Please, I know what you’re going through. Just know we are making ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Top Gun’ is coming out.’

He added that he makes movies for the big screen, and that’s how it’ll always be. He’s truly one of the last blockbuster action stars we have today, whether you like him or not.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is set to hit theaters on June 24, 2022.

The Reviews For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Are In, And They Are Pretty Damn Great!

We have been waiting decades for this ‘Top Gun‘ sequel, and now finally, the wait is almost over. ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ is scheduled to hit a theater near you on May 24, which is just two weeks away.

Critics were able to catch early screenings of the film, and let’s just say, most of them are going crazy over it. The movie currently sits at a comfortable 81 score on Metacritic, which is enough to earn the “universal acclaim” badge.

A number of critics have given the film a perfect rating, including Empire’s Ian Freer, who wrote:

Avoiding the danger zone of mere retread, Kosinski and co deliver all the Top Gun feels and then some: slick visuals, crew camaraderie, thrilling aerial action, a surprising emotional wallop and, in Tom Cruise, a magnetic movie-star performance as comforting as an old leather jacket. Punching the air is mandatory.

Another top critic, Tomris Laffly, from RogerEbert.com gave the film a perfect rating. Laffly wrote:

As the jets cut through the atmosphere and brush their target soils in close-shave movements—all coherently edited by Eddie Hamilton—the sensation they generate feels miraculous and worthy of the biggest screen one can possibly find. Equally worthy of that big screen is the emotional strokes of ‘Maverick’ that pack an unexpected punch. 

Some critics are even calling Cruise’s performance one of the best of his career, which is saying a lot because the dude has starred in a lot of great films.

I have no shame in admitting my love for the original ‘Top Gun’ flick, so I can’t wait to check out the sequel. CRITICS GOT ME PUMPED!

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Is Getting Rave Reviews After CinemaCon Premiere

The world has been waiting on this ‘Top Gun’ sequel for three years now. ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ was originally supposed to be released in July 2019, but was pushed back to 2020 due to the production team needing more time to “work out” all the complex fight sequences.

And then COVID-19 happened, so the film was pushed back a few more times. Now finally, on May 27, 2022, the movie will be released inside a theater near you.

And apparently, you will not want to miss it. Paramount held the film’s first screening this past week at CinemaCon, and the reviews are pretty damn positive. Some have called it “the perfect blockbuster” which is exactly what theater owners are hoping for.

Check out this stellar reaction from Rotten Tomatoes’ Erik Davis…

A lot of hard work went into this movie. In order to shoot scenes inside the cockpits (to get some pretty awesome action shots) director Joseph Kosinski had to teach the actors how to use the camera equipment.

Cruise was nice enough to help Kosinski out, telling reporters…

We had to teach the actors about lighting, about cinematography, about editing. I had to teach them how to turn the cameras on and off, and about camera angles and lenses. We didn’t have unlimited time in these jets. If they were going up for 20-30 minutes, I had to make sure that we got what we needed.

Safe to say, Top Gun: Maverick is going to be a wild ride. SEE IT IN THEATERS!

It’s Finally Here! Check Out The Official Trailer For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

It’s hard to believe, but this ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ film was scheduled to be released way back in July of 2019. Remember 2019? Remember the world before COVID and insanely high gas prices? What a beautiful summer 2019 was.

The sequel to the 1986 ‘Top Gun’ flick was delayed originally because the filmmakers needed more time to work on the action sequences, which were described as complex. Its release date was pushed back to the summer of 2020, but of course that didn’t happen because of COVID.

Now finally, three years later, Top Gun: Maverick, is scheduled to be released on May 27, 2022. And now that the release is just a couple months away, the studio released the official trailer to get everyone excited.

The movie stars Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm. Check out the official synopsis and trailer below…

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: ‘Rooster,’ the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka ‘Goose.’

Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ And ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Have Been Delayed Once Again

Paramount is delaying the release of ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ and ‘Mission: Impossible 7‘ once again, much to the disappointment of Tom Cruise fans around the world.

Top Gun was supposed to hit theaters on November 19, 2021, but it’s now been pushed back to May 27, 2022, which honestly makes more sense. Top Gun just feels more like a summer movie than a Thanksgiving flick.

Meanwhile, the latest Mission: Impossible won’t hit theaters until September 30, 2022. It was supposed to be released in May of 2022. These two films have been delayed several times. The studio knows they could have a huge box office haul for both, so they’re being extra careful with the release.

Thanks to the Delta variant, they now believe the best time for a major release will be in 2022. It’s a huge blow to cinemas, who thought they’d be somewhat back to normal by now.

Additionally, the studio also pushed back the release of Jackass Forever. It was scheduled to be released inside theaters on October 22, 2021, but it’s now been pushed back to February 4, 2022.

The latest release date shuffle, marking the first domino to fall in late 2021, comes as the country’s COVID-19 cases remain stubbornly persistent. That has resulted in a significant decline in consumer confidence in returning to the movies. According to research conducted by NRG, 67% of moviegoers say they are ‘very or somewhat comfortable’ visiting their local theater, which is down 11 points from July.

All we can do at this point is hope this is the last major wave. It’s hard to imagine another surge, because you’d think that most everyone would either be vaccinated or infected.

But at this point, no one knows. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of things to come for the winter box office.