Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” is not far behind in terms of revenue, with nearly $270 million collected at the box office worldwide. The movie is a long-awaited biographical take on the life of Elvis Presley, the king of rock ‘n’ roll. Starring Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker, the film charts the life and career of the music legend, from his early days in Tupelo, Mississippi, to his rise to fame and fortune in the 1950s.
The film’s success has not gone unnoticed by industry experts, who are hailing it as a major achievement for Luhrmann and his team. The Australian director, known for his lavish productions and over-the-top style, has once again demonstrated his ability to capture the spirit of an era and bring it to life on the big screen. With “Elvis”, he has created a vibrant and colorful portrait of the young musician, capturing his energy, charisma, and magnetic stage presence.
The film has also received critical acclaim, with many reviewers praising the performances of the cast and the authenticity of the period details. Butler, in particular, has been singled out for his portrayal of Elvis, with some critics suggesting that he could be a breakout star of the future.
“Elvis” is also notable for its use of music, featuring many of Presley’s most famous songs and performances. The soundtrack, which includes hits such as “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Hound Dog”, and “Jailhouse Rock”, has been a commercial success in its own right, reaching the top of the charts in several countries.
The success of “Elvis” is part of a wider trend in recent years for music biopics, with a number of high-profile films being made about iconic musicians. Along with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, other recent examples include “Rocketman”, which tells the story of Elton John, and “Straight Outta Compton”, about the rise of rap group N.W.A. These films have proved popular with audiences and have also been recognized by the film industry, with several receiving award nominations and wins.
The success of “Elvis” is also a boost for the film industry, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. With cinemas closed or operating at reduced capacity in many countries, many studios have postponed the release of their biggest movies, leading to a backlog of films that will need to be shown in the coming months and years. “Elvis” has shown that there is still an appetite for new movies, and that audiences are willing to return to cinemas to see them.
Overall, the success of “Elvis” is a testament to the enduring popularity of the music legend and the continued fascination with his life and career. Luhrmann and his team have created a film that captures the spirit of the time and the spirit of the man, and that will be enjoyed by fans and newcomers alike for years to come. With the film still playing in cinemas around the world, its final box office tally is yet to be determined, but it is clear that “Elvis” is a hit that will be remembered for a long time.