Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Box Office Boom: “Top Gun” Finally Clears $600 Mil, “Elvis” Eyes $100 Mil This Week


Elvis is in the building, and so are his fans.

The Baz Luhrmann biopic starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks is now at $95 million. It will hit $100 million possibly Thursday night.

Meanwhile, “Top Gun Maverick” took a day more than we thought, but has finally cleared $600 million.

Clearly, the audiences have returned to movie theaters. This gives a sigh of relief to the theater owners who were desperate a year ago with empty venues. If the movies are good, and marketed properly, there’s gold at the end of the rainbow.

Still, there will be a dry spell coming. There’s nothing on the docket right now until Brad Pitt in “Bullet Train” on August 5th. And then nothing to make headlines until September 16th with Viola Davis in “The Woman King.” (Watch for that one to explode.)

Not expected to do much is this week’s release to theaters of “The Gray Man” from Netflix, and “Where the Crawdads Sing,” which is at a lowly 38 on Rotten Tomatoes. “Gray Man” is apparently so bad there will be no reviews until the last minute tomorrow before previews begin.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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