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'Elvis' biopic crowned box office king after final weekend tallies

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Austin Butler in a scene from 'Elvis'.
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Austin Butler in a scene from 'Elvis'.   -   Copyright  Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/ 2022 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
By Euronews  with AP

'Elvis' has defeated 'Top Gun: Maverick' in a battle for the box office top spot

The two blockbuster films reported identical ticket sales Sunday, but after the final numbers were calculated Monday the 'King of Rock and Roll' came out on top of the weekend.

Baz Luhrmann's 'Elvis' grossed $31.1 million (€29.4 million) from Friday to Sunday, according to Warner Bros' final figures published Monday afternoon.

This put it north of the $30.5 million (€28.8 million) the studio estimated the film would make. 

Film studios can use Friday and Saturday box office figures to fairly accurately predict Sunday's ticket sales, even without having concrete data.

Paramount Pictures slightly overestimated how much 'Top Gun: Maverick' would coin in over the weekend. 

The studio reported the same figure of $30.5 million (€28.8 million) for the 'Top Gun' sequel on Sunday, yet downgraded this to $29.6 (€28 million) after the final count up. 

Joseph Kosinski's 'Top Gun: Maverick' is now in its fifth week of release. 

Both films performed well, despite the box office battle.

The Elvis Presley biopic opened above expectations and drew in large numbers of older cinema-goers, around 60 per cent of Elvis's audience was over the age of 35. 

Older audiences have been among the most hesitant to return to theatres following the pandemic.

'Top Gun: Maverick' meanwhile has maintained strong sales figures, dipping a modest 34 per cent in its fifth weekend.

Overall, the film, which stars actor Tom Cruise, has earned about $1 billion (€0.94 billion) worldwide, ranking it as the 15th highest-grossing film of all time in the US.