Elvis entered the Top 10 at the domestic box office for 2022 and is now the only original film on the list. The film, which is a maximalist Elvis Presley biopic starring Austin Butler as the iconic crooner, was directed by Red Mill! and Romeo + Juliet director Baz Luhrmann. The film follows Elvis from his origins in a poor family in Mississippi to the decadence of his later career before his death, following his life through the eyes of his manipulative manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The ensemble cast also includes Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley, David Wenham as Hank Snow and Oscar nominee Kodi Smit-McPhee as Jimmie Rodgers Snow.
Elvis has been a consistent performer at the box office since its June 24 premiere. In its opening weekend, it grossed $32.1 million, beating out the weekend’s other release. The black phone and hit the legacy sequel Jurassic World Dominion out of his #1 perch. Since then, its total gross has grown to $281.9 million worldwide, on a budget of $85 million. While that might not sound particularly impressive proportionately, given its high budget, it’s the fourth highest-grossing Australian production of all time, as well as the second-highest-grossing musical biopic in history behind Bohemian Rhapsodywhich won an Oscar for Rami Malek as Queen’s Freddie Mercury.
By Collider, Elvis has now surpassed $150 million at the domestic box office. This total earned him 9th place in the Top 10 national films of the year, just ahead of Tom Holland’s video game adaptation. Unexplored. In reality, Elvis is the only original film on the list, which also includes sonic the hedgehog 22021 Spider-Man: No Coming Home, Thor: Love and Thunder, Minions: The Rise of Gru, The Batman, Jurassic World Dominion, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessand the legacy sequel megahit, Top Gun: Maverick.
One thing that is important to note is that although Elvis is an original film, it is based on the life of one of the most famous stars in music history. Luckily for original movie fans, the next truly original movie on the list is at #11: Jordan Peele’s Alien Invasion Movie Nope. Beyond that, at the time of writing, the Top 25 also includes the original projects The lost city, Everything everywhere all at onceand Dogwhich is a reasonably solid yearly projection for original films of the modern era.
There are still three and a half months left in the year for other films to prove their power at the box office. It will probably be the case that Elvis won’t maintain its ranking amid the onslaught of upcoming IP movies like black adam, Halloween ends, Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverand the long-awaited James Cameron sequel Avatar: The Way of the Water. However, it will most likely retain at least a spot in the Top 25, proving there’s a place for original cinema in 2022, even if it looks different than it might have had 20 years ago.