Looking at this weekend’s box-office returns you may very well be wondering what year it is as Tom Cruise
slugged it out with Tom Hanks
for bragging rights over who has the top-grossing movie in North America. As Sunday’s receipts were still being tallied, it appeared as if the the two A-list veterans were locked in a virtual dead heat, with each of their latest films pulling in $30.5 million each. If a clear victor is not established by Monday, this one may come down to hanging chads and mail-in votes, folks. However, as it stands right now, it’s Cruise’s five-week-old blockbuster, Top Gun: Maverick
, that looks to have the slight edge (by mere decimal points) over Hanks’ new razzle-dazzle biopic, Elvis
. Meanwhile, Universal’s latest Blumhouse-produced chiller, The Black Phone
, debuted in fourth place with a strong $23.4 million bow.
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