In one of the rare examples of films released in 2022 that were successful even if they weren’t superheroes or children’s franchises, Elvis hits a new milestone at the box office.
The feature that tells the trajectory of singer and King of Rock n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, has now become the highest grossing in the US (domestic) of its award-winning director, Australian Baz Luhrmann.
Elvis hit $144.851 million in the US and Canada, surpassing the $144.84 figure for The Great Gatsby, the filmmaker’s previous film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
Worldwide, Elvis’ total box office gross is approximately $269 million, still behind the $353 million for The Great Gatsby, which opened in theaters in 2013.
Luhrmann has also had great box office success with his previous films such as Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge: Love in Red and the epic Australia with Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.
The Life of Elvis Presley
Starring Austin Butler, Elvis chronicles Elvis Presley’s path to stardom and eventual downfall, all from the point of view of the singer’s controversial manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).
Baz Luhrmann, director of The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge! Love in Red and Romeo + Juliet directs the new film, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
In Brazil, the Elvis film is still available in theaters, and should arrive in the HBO Max catalog in the coming months.