Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’ arrives with 30.1 million dollars and bad reviews

Theaters don’t have any big studio releases on the horizon for the rest of August.

NEW YORK (AP) — The stylized action flick “Bullet Train,” starring Brad Pitt, came in with a $30.1 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates on Sunday, as the latest big movie of Hollywood’s summer recovery hit theaters.

The debut of “Bullet Train” for Sony Pictures was solid but unspectacular for a film that cost $90 million and was buoyed by the significant star power of Pitt. 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.

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While late summer is always a quiet period in theaters, it will be especially so this year, and it’s likely to deplete some of the momentum generated by “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Jurassic World: Dominion,” “Minions: The Rise.” of Gru”. and others. After a comeback season that pushed the box office close to pre-pandemic levels, it’s about to go pretty quiet in theaters.

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“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.”

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As the last big summer movie to roll off the station, “Bullet Train” expects to keep making the rounds for the next several weeks. That would be in line with the playbook of some other original summer movies released in August like “Free Guy” and “Crazy. Rich Asians”. Directed by David Leitch (“Atomic Blonde,” “Deadpool 2”), “Bullet Train” brings together several killers (co-stars include Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry) on a speeding train from Tokyo to Kyoto. .

As one of the few potential original summer blockbusters without big-name IP behind it, the R-rated “Bullet Train” might have entered the weekend with more momentum had the reviews been stronger. With a low fresh rating of 54%. From critics on Rotten Tomatoes, “Bullet Train” was only slightly better received by audiences, who gave the film a B+ CinemaScore. The film grossed $32.4 million at the foreign box office.

The weekend’s other big release, “Easter Sunday,” struggled to catch on. The Universal Pictures comedy, which stars 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 League of Pets.” The animated release grossed $11.2 million in its second week of release.

Jordan Peele’s “Nope,” Universal’s sci-fi horror premiere, continued to do well, earning $8.5 million in its third weekend. With $98 million in tickets sold, “Nope” will soon top $100 million at the domestic box office.

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Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Love and Thunder,” for the Walt Disney Co., was fourth with $7.6 million in its fifth weekend. It has now risen to $316.1 million, making it the highest-grossing Thor film domestically. At $699 million worldwide, “Love and Thunder” is less likely to match the $854 million worldwide gross of 2017’s “Thor: Ragnarok.”

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In limited release, A24’s “Bodies Bodies Bodies” opened 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.

2. “DC League of Super Pets,” $11.2 million.

3. “No,” $8.5 million.

4. “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 Crayfish Sing,” $5.7 million.

8. “Easter Sunday”, $5.3 million.

9. “Elvis,” $4 million.

10. “The black telephone”, 1.5 million dollars.

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