‘Elvis’ Rocks To Baz Luhrmann’s Highest Grossing Movie At Domestic Box Office

Wise men say only fools predict that adult films don’t work at the pandemic box office, however, older moviegoers kept falling in love with Warner Bros.’ Elvis this summer to the point where it’s now director Baz Luhrmann’s highest grossing movie ever of his career in U.S./Canada with $144.851M, beating the original run of his 2013 title, The Great Gatsby, which made $144.84M.

Elvis in its 9th weekend made $1.98M, -23%, at 1,741 locations.

That Leonardo DiCaprio-Carey Mulligan-Tobey Maguire take of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel counts a lifetime gross in U.S./Canada of $144.857M, and Elvis will clearly boogey past that today as well. Worldwide, the Austin Butler-Tom Hanks biopic at $269.8M ranks as Luhrmann’s second highest grossing movie of his career after The Great Gatsby‘s $353.6M. Luhrmann also produced and co-wrote Elvis. 

Again, many thought adult-skewing, non-tentpole films were lost at the box office as streaming muscled up during the Covid era, however, Paramount’s Sandra Bullock-Channing Tatum adventure comedy The Lost City ($105.3M) and Elvis have provided plenty of hope that these type of movies aren’t just destined to go to an OTT menu. Now that Elvis has made older moviegoers comfortable at the box office, many –from exhibition to rival distributors– hope that momentum for non-tentpole fare can continue into a fall that’s littered with adult movies, i.e. Universal’s Bros, New Line’s Don’t Worry Darling, Sony/Tri-Star’s The Woman King and Amblin/Universal’s The Fabelmans. Great reviews from their fall film festival premieres are crucial to juice turnstiles this autumn if we’re going to make it to mid-October, which is when the franchises start up with Halloween Ends and DC’s Dwayne Johnson title Black Adam.



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