BOX OFFICE: “Elvis” is still the king, might edge “Maverick,” “Black Phone” headed towards $24 million

Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” an “event” movie that isn’t about action or actors in tights, is heading towards a $31.5 million opening, and is projected at this point to edge the latest weekend of “Maverick” ($30).

Thursday night previews — which included Tuesday night paid previews for one title — show “Elvis” jump-starting its weekend with $3.5 million, “Black Phone” set up by the horror crowd with a $3 million bonus. But Friday “The King” pulled away, with $12.7 million as its Thursday-Friday take.

Yes, Deadline.com confirms. An older audience is showing up, mostly female, and they’re sitting through a 2:39 film about a music icon who died in 1977.

Younger folks, you’re missing out. It’s worthy of the label “event.”

“Top Gun: Maverick,” crossed the $500 million mark at the domestic box office this week, and shows little sign of exiting soon. A small drop-off, weekend to weekend means the sequel will pull in $30.

“Jurassic World Dominion” looks to earn $26 million or so.

“The Black Phone” is also headed north of the $20 million mark this weekend, opening at $23.2, thanks toa $10 million and change Thursday/Friday take. That’s good, not spectacular, for a horror film opening, and I’d expect fans to show up at this critically-acclaimed thriller in bigger numbers than currently projected. But horror makes a lot of money, typically, opening night. So maybe not.

“Lightyear” is having a steep dive second weekend. Maybe $18? I didn’t think that one played. “Joyless.” Word must be getting around. That’s a 60% drop from opening weekend. Pretty steep for a Pixar movie. Maybe it’s time to leave “Toy Story” alone.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is winding down, another $1.76 which suggests it’ll lose screens and taper off before hitting $410-415.

“Everything Everywhere all at Once” has cleared $66 million, and might not clear $67.

“Bob’s Burgers” and “Bad Guys” are finishing their animated runs right around $31 and $96, respectively.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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