June 27 - Box Office Results (Updated)

On one of the busiest weekends in theaters after the COVID pandemic, biopic ‘Elvis’ and phenom ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ fought an EPIC battle at the box office ending with a win for Elvis. 

According to data this morning, Warner Bros.’ Elvis wins No. 1 this weekend with a US$31.1M opening beating the fifth weekend of Paramount / Skydance’s Top Gun: Maverick which did US$29.6M. 

Both feature films closed the weekend with US$35.5 million. While ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is impressing in its fifth week in theaters, ‘Elvis’ is beating all projections, which indicated a sub-US$30 million debut. 'ELVIS' grossed US$30.500.000 in the United States and 'US$50,500,000 worldwide. The budget for the movie was US$85,000,000. 

Recall that the feature film starring Austin Butler obtained 78% approval from specialized critics on Rotten Tomatoes, in addition to receiving an A- rating from the public on CinemaScore, which should guarantee good stability for the production in the coming weeks at the box office.

Statistics show Warner got the older crowd out with the Elvis film, with 31% over 55 and 48% over 45. Elvis also proved popular with women, 45% of whom are over 25, who gave the film the best praise overall with 92%. Additionally, Elvis has a fairly lengthy running time at 2 hours 39 minutes. Longer running times can hurt a film’s theatrical run when moviegoers are short on time and are apt to choose a less lengthy option. 

The biopic was the #1 film last weekend in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia and Iceland.

With the film debuting in several other European countries in late June and Argentina and Brazil in mid-July, it is possible Elvis will register even more #1 openings.

Cinedigm Launches The Elvis Presley Channel

Cinedigm announced the launch of The Elvis Presley Channel. In partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises and ABG Entertainment, the new streaming channel comprises Elvis Presley films and specials along with series and lifestyle programming inspired by late cultural icon — including a new, original series in development.

The Elvis Presley Channel is accessible as a free, ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channel on connected TVs, digital set-top boxes, media-streaming devices and online. Streaming platforms include LG Channels, Amazon Freevee, Vizio WatchFree+, Comcast’s Xumo, Plex, Allen Media Group’s Local Now and Dish Network’s Sling TV. Additionally, the Xfinity What to Watch channel will feature a curated collection of films and documentaries from the Elvis channel during primetime starting July 2.

“We see his ongoing influence today in music, movies, fashion and culture,” Erick Opeka, president of Cinedigm Digital Networks, said in a statement. “With the channel, we aim to not only thrill current fans and showcase Elvis’ influences and demonstrate enduring impact but to engage new generations of fans through our curated and creative program line-up.”

2022 is a banner year for Elvis with the launch of Warner Bros. Pictures’ biopic Elvis, which topped the June 26 weekend box office with more than $31 million in revenue. Graceland will honor the 45th anniversary of Elvis’ passing with Elvis Week 2022 from Aug. 9 – 17. Additionally, Netflix is slated to launch the Elvis animated action-comedy series, “Agent King” and Sony has two Elvis albums planned later this year.

The Elvis Presley Channel’s films and specials include the “Elvis ’68 Comeback Special,” “Elvis Aloha From Hawaii,”  and both the broadcast and unedited versions of “Elvis,” by the Presley’s.

Themed programming blocks including Elvis’s Favorites, Friends of Elvis, Elvis Inspired Reality and Lifestyle Programming, African American Artists that Inspired Elvis and 50’s Rock N’ Roll Rebel Movies. Fans will be able to tune in for hours watching some of Elvis’ favorite TV and film content including “The Beverly Hillbillies,” John Wayne movies such as Angel and the Badman, Blue Steel and Riders of Destiny, as well as Bruce Lee films like Warrior’s Journey and The Man The Myth.

“We are thrilled for fans to immerse themselves in Elvis’ world with the launch of The Elvis Presley Channel,” said Matt Abruzzo, Senior Director – Brand Management, Entertainment, Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, LLC. “The Elvis fandom is incredibly passionate, and when it comes to serving enthusiastic fan bases, no one does it better than Cinedigm.”


My Diary and Elvis

Kathy Tatum published her 148-page book 'My Diary and Elvis'. This 2022 edition is an updated version of the previous release of this memoir.  

Description: How many starry-eyed girls made diary entries of long kissing sessions with the King? Numerous of fans clambered to see Elvis outside the gates of Graceland in the summer of 1969. When my sister called his name and asked for a kiss, I got one, too. And then another. And another…

Within these pages, I share my treasured memories with Elvis, pulled from my diary of those days. The innocent voice of a newly sixteen-year-old girl is peppered into a narrative spun today, as I am now a mother and grandmother.

Why me? I have often wondered. Maybe it’s because I never asked him for anything, never demanded nor expected. All I have from him is a strand of love beads he placed around my neck, a couple of photographs, and the wondrous memories of our times together. These are the days of his life which are etched into my mind and are scribed in the pages of my diary. 


Elvis: El Hombre Y El Mito

Ma Non Troppo published the Spanish book 'Elvis: El Hombre Y El Mito' by Manuel López Poy.

Publicity statedThis magnificent book by Manuel López Poy is a detailed portrait of the King of Rock and Roll and complements the sensational film 'Elvis', by the award-winning Baz Luhrmann. 

Among the numerous biographies dedicated to Elvis Presley, this one stands out as it takes us back to the origins of the genius from Tupelo. In the book the story of his exciting life - with numerous facts and anecdotes - comes together with a birth of a musical genre in which blues, country and rock come together. We all know the result: the greatest revolution in the world of music and the birth of a cultural icon. The book includes QR codes so you can listen to the best songs.

Some original chapters are:

  • La leyenda maldita de la primera guitarra de Elvis.Sun Records, la puerta del futuro.
  • La leyenda negra de un cantante blanco.
  • La historia del hotel de los corazones rotos.
  • El cuarteto del millón de dólares.
  • La soledad de la reina de Graceland.
  • Una digna despedida para un rey.

(Source: Film Totaal / Deadline / Digital Music News / Rotten Tomatoes / Coming Soon / Cinedigm / Mediaplayer News / Amazon)