*6/27 UPDATE: Yesterday, we reported that Top Gun: Maverick was the number one film of the weekend based on the available data coming from Box Office Mojo, with Elvis being in a very close second position. However, the official numbers revealed that Elvis made more money than Top Gun during the weekend. Baz Luhrmann’s film raked in $31.1 million during its opening weekend, $600.000 higher than estimated, while Top Gun is in second place with $29.6 million, $900.000 below yesterday’s estimate. However, this does not change the fact that Top Gun has made over $1 billion at the box office, becoming the first film of Tom Cruise’s career to achieve this milestone. You’ll find the original article below, with updated box office figures for the top 10.*
Top Gun: Maverick has officially joined the $1 billion dollar club, making it only the second film of the pandemic era to do so, with Spider-Man: No Way Home being the first. While Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness raked in over $900 million worldwide, its Disney+ release this past Wednesday makes it unlikely that the movie will reach $1 billion, especially with Thor: Love and Thunder being right around the corner.
Maverick was also the highest-grossing film of the weekend, topping Jurassic World: Dominion, and raking in over $30.5 million this week. An IMAX re-release certainly helped the film reach number one again, and impressively sent Dominion to third place, with a $26 million tally this weekend.
With school being over for the summer in most parts of the world, one would’ve hoped that Lightyear brought families to the cinemas for its second weekend, but Pixar’s latest film ended up in fifth place (!), dropping at 65% from its last week, only raking in $17 million at the box office. It may find an audience once it eventually releases on Disney+, but it’s safe to say that the studio’s return to theatres did not meet the successful returns Disney thought it would.
In terms of the new movies released this week, Baz Luhrmann‘s Elvis is the biggest non-franchise debut of the pandemic era, making $30.5 million, just shy of Top Gun‘s number one spot. The film is terrific (though Joey’s review here disagrees), and it is no surprise that audiences were eager to see Austin Butler‘s performance as the King of Rock n’ Roll, who has been the talk of the town since the movie premiered at Cannes last month.
Scott Derrickson’s follow-up to Doctor Strange, The Black Phone, ended up in the fourth position, with a $23 million opening. Reviews for the movie have been somewhat positive, including Joey’s here, and the box office results are quite impressive for a mid-budget horror movie.
Here’s the full list of top 10 films of the week [UPDATED]:
- Elvis (Warner Bros): $31.1M – 3,906 theatres
- Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount): $29.6M (-31.7%) – 3,948 theatres
- Jurassic World Dominion (Universal): $26.4M (-55.3%) – 4,233 theatres
- The Black Phone (Universal): $23.3M – 3,150 theatres
- Lightyear (Disney): $17.6M (-65.1%) – 4,255 theatres
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Disney): $1.7M (-61.2%) – 1,855 theatres
- Jug Jugg Jeeyo (Viacom18 Studios): $725.000 – 318 theatres
- Everything Everywhere All At Once (A24): $533.346 (-43.4%) – 524 theatres
- The Bob’s Burgers Movie (Disney): $513.000 (-56.3%) – 590 theatres
- The Bad Guys (Universal/Dreamworks): $439.975 (-56.4%) – 1,033 theatres