“Elvis”, a baroque and extravagant biopic devoted to the king of rock and roll, propelled itself to the top of the North American box office for its release, tied with “Top Gun: Maverick”, according to estimates Sunday from the specialized firm. Exhibitor Relations.

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Between Friday and Sunday, the Baz Luhrmann-directed film (“Moulin Rouge,” “The Great Gatsby”) raked in $30.5 million, almost twice the average for musical biopics, according to expert David Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research.

It was a “risky gamble” to cast the relatively unknown Austin Butler as Elvis Presley, alongside Tom Hanks as his abusive impresario, Colonel Tom Parker, but the film is a hit with audiences as well. than among film critics, added the expert.

“Elvis” found itself tied with “Top Gun: Maverick” which continues to panic the counters by also winning 30.5 million dollars at the box office for its fifth week of operation.

The sequel to “Top Gun”, thirty-six years later, has been hailed by critics. Tom Cruise still plays US Navy test pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, now a captain, who must train younger pilots to bomb a rogue country’s uranium enrichment plant.

“Top Gun: Maverick” is now the biggest commercial success of the year in the world, with total receipts exceeding one billion dollars: 522 million in the North American market and 484 million in the rest of the world.

“Jurassic World: The World After”, the sixth installment of the cult saga of dinosaurs, comes in third place with 26.4 million dollars in revenue.

It’s ‘Black Phone’, a horror film starring Ethan Hawke as a serial killer, which came in fourth place for the weekend of its release, with $23.4 million in revenue. .

A week after its release, “Buzz Lightyear” ranks fifth, with $17.7 million in revenue over the weekend.

Here is the rest of the Top 10:

6 — «Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness» (1,7 million de dollars)

7 – «Jugjugg Jeeyo» (604 000 dollars)

8 — «Everything Everywhere All at Once» (533 000 dollars)

9 — «Bob’s Burgers: le film» (513 000 dollars)

10 — «Les Bad Guys» (440 000 dollars)