Elvis tops the Australian box office, thank you very much

Baz Luhrmann's Elvis took the number-one slot in Oz but the US release is poised between joy and disappointment.

Warners would have been very nervous about Elvis. With mixed reviews, it opened last weekend on 546 screens in 307 theatres, which shows a heavy bias towards multiplexes and a slightly hesitant take-up by exhibitors. If this film can bring young audiences to Elvis, it will be a smash hit; if not, it could be just another music film by an eccentric director.

Elvis made $6.74m in its first weekend which gives it top slot, but it is less than half of the opening figure for recent titles Jurassic World: Dominion (12.12m), Top Gun: Maverick ($13.8m), and Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($14.53m).

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.