NEW YORK (AP) — The stylized action game “Bullet train,” starring Brad Pitt, came in with a $30.1 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates on Sunday, when the latest big movie from Hollywood’s summer comeback hit theaters.
the “Bullet train” Sony Pictures’ debut was solid but unspectacular for a film that cost $90 million and was buoyed by Pitt’s considerable star power. Even if it holds up well over the next few weeks, theaters don’t have any big studio releases on the horizon for the rest of August, and little for sure to look forward to in early fall.
While the end of summer is always a quiet period in theaters, it will be especially so this year, and it’s likely to undermine some of the momentum generated by “Top Gun: Maverick” “Jurassic World: Dominion”, “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and others. After a comeback season that brought the box office closer to pre-pandemic levels, he’s about to go pretty quiet in theaters.
“It’s definitely going to be calmer, like the calm after the storm,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at data firm Comscore. “But that doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be big movies and maybe the goodwill generated by some of those movies could be enough to propel the box office forward until we enter the blockbuster corridor with ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.’ . and ‘Avatar 2’ later. We have to hope that we can’t keep up the pace we had this summer.”
Like the last big summer movie to roll out of the station, “Bullet train” he hopes to continue riding for the next few weeks. That would be in line with the playbook of other original summer movies released in August like “Free Boy” Y “Crazy Rich Asians.” Directed by David Leitch (“Atomic Blonde” “Dead Pool 2”), “Bullet train” He brings together several assassins (co-stars include Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry) on a speeding train from Tokyo to Kyoto.
As one of the few original summer blockbuster hopefuls without big-name intellectual property behind it, the R-rated “Bullet train” could have entered the weekend with more momentum if the reviews had been stronger. With a cool low rating of 54% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, “Bullet train” it was only slightly better received by audiences, who gave the film a B+ CinemaScore. The film added $32.4 million at the overseas box office.
The other big news of the weekend, “Easter Sunday,” he struggled to catch on. The Universal Pictures comedy, starring comedian Jo Koy as an actor attending his family’s Easter Sunday celebration, won praise for its Filipino portrayal but received even worse reviews than “Bullet train.” It opened with $5.3 million in ticket sales.
Instead, “Bullet train” was followed by a series of holdovers, including Warner Bros. “DC Pet League”. The animated release grossed $11.2 million in its second week of release.
jordan peele “Nope,” Universal’s sci-fi horror release, continued to do well, earning $8.5 million in its third weekend. With $98 million in tickets sold, “Nope” it will soon top $100 million at the domestic box office.
Taika Waititi Thor: Love and Thunder for the Walt Disney Co., it was fourth with $7.6 million in its fifth weekend. It now stands at $316.1 million, making it the highest-grossing Thor film domestically. With $699 million globally, “Love and Thunder” less likely to hit 2017’s $854 million worldwide Thor: Ragnarok.
In limited version, A24 “Bodies Bodies Bodies” launched on six screens in New York and Los Angeles with $226,525 in ticket sales, equating to a per-screen average of $37,754. The horror comedy about wealthy 20-somethings at a remote house party, with a cast that includes Amandla Sternberg, Maria Bakalova and Pete Davidson, expands nationally on Friday.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at theaters in the US and Canada, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Tuesday.
1. “Bullet train,” $30.1 million.
two. “DC League of Super Pets” $11.2 million.
3. “Nope,” $8.5 million.
Four. Thor: Love and Thunder $7.6 million.
5. “Minions: The Rise of Gru” $7.1 million.
6. “Top Gun: Maverick” $7 million.
7. “Where the locusts sing” $5.7 million.
8. “Easter Sunday,” $5.3 million.
9. “Elvis” $4 million
10 “The Black Phone” $1.5 million.