'Elvis,' 'Top Gun' tie for box-office crown with $30.5M each
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic “Elvis” shook up theaters with an estimated $30.5 million in weekend ticket sales, but — in a box-office rarity — “Elvis” tied “Top Gun: Maverick,” which also reported $30.5 million, for No. 1 in theaters.
On-screen smoking in PG-13 films has doubled since 2010, CDC says
The lead characters in some of the decade's most successful films still smoke on-screen. The number of times tobacco use appeared on-screen in PG-13 films jumped 120% between 2010 and 2018, according to a new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. It's a troubling trend, researchers said, because young people who see more smoking on-screen are more likely to smoke themselves. The authors didn't offer an explanation for the jump in on-screen tobacco use but proposed ways to curb it. Researchers suggested that the Motion Picture Association of America, the body responsible for rating films based on content, dole out R ratings to films with on-screen smoking unless the character smoking is a biographical figure or it portrays the negative effects of smoking.