Box office: Brad Pitt’s Bullet Train leads the way with $30 million

This being the first weekend of August, we’re still in the normally lucrative summer box office season, except the first weekend of the month, when we might usually get a big blockbuster, we got a movie instead which continued the series of underperforming films at the end of July.

brad pitt returned to film with his second film appearance of the year, after being a guest star in the Sandra BullockChanning Tatum adventure comedy “The Lost City” in March. Realized by David Leitch (“Deadpool 2”), Pitt’s “Bullet Train” action-comedy started its run with $4.6 million on Thursday and previous previews, then ended up grossing around $30.1 million in 4,357 theaters, about where it was supposed to end. Based on Sunday’s estimates, he opened $300,000 less than his previous appearance on “The Lost City.” Bullock ended up playing a small but important role in “Bullet Train”, with the ensemble cast filled in by Aaron Taylor Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Joey King, bad bunny, Zazie Beetz and much more.

“Bullet Train” did slightly better overseas, where it grossed $32.4 million, opening in countries including the UK, France, Mexico and Australia, so it opened with $62.5 million worldwide.

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Actor Jo Koy starred in the universal comedy vehicle “Easter Sunday,” which opened in 3,175 theaters on Friday after previous previews grossed a meager $500,000. The comedy opened in eighth place with around $5.25 million or $1,654 per theater, which might not be enough to keep it in the Top 10 for long.

These two new films received “B+” CinemaScores from audiences – not great – but “Bullet Train” should at least hold its business better with a second weekend at No. 1. Reviews for both films were mixed at best, with the rating “Bullet Train” 54% on Rotten Tomatoes; “Easter Sunday” started out with worse reviews initially, but eventually balance. Rotten Tomatoes audience scores were generally higher for both films.

Warner Bros. animation’s “DC League of Super-Pets” fell to second place with $11.2 million, down 51% from its opening weekend with $45.1 million receipts so far, but with no opening of new family films for the rest of August.

Jordan PeleThe UFO thriller “Nope” also took a massive dip in its third weekend, dropping 54% to No. 3 with $8.5 million and $98 million in total gross. It’s expected to top $100 million in the next few days, but we’ll see how many theaters keep the film after its poorer showing.

In fourth place, Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” added another $7.6 million to its domestic take, which now stands at $316 million, putting it in sixth place for the year. It grossed $382 million overseas to bring its worldwide total to just under $700 million.

This was followed by Universal’s animation “Minions: The Rise of Gru” in fifth place, both for the weekend and in terms of the highest-grossing movies of the year. It’s grossed $335 million so far, with another $7.1 million added this weekend.

Tom Cruise“Top Gun: Maverick” grossed $7 million this weekend from 2,760 theaters – the first time “Maverick” has been in fewer than 3,000 theaters since it opened in May. It’s also down just 15% from the previous weekend, and with $662.5 million in domestic revenue, it just passed “Titanic” to become the 7th highest-grossing film in North America. You can read more about this remarkable milestone here.

Sony’s literary drama “Where the Crawdads Sing” took seventh place with $5.7 million and $64.6 million in revenue to date. It’s a great demonstration of how counter-programming can actually work.

Ahead of its wide release on August 12, A24 released its horror comedy “Bodies Bodies Bodies” in just six theaters in New York and Los Angeles where it grossed $227,500, an impressive per-theater average of 37,754. $ per site. That’s just under the $50,000-plus per theater A24’s “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” made its ten-theatre opening weekend, which became the distributor’s biggest hit. during the summer.

The majority of players in the Gold Derby box office prediction game correctly predicted the top five films, as well as predicting that “Bullet Train” will open between $25 million and $50 million.

Sadly, it won’t get much better from here, as in the next few weeks no new movie is expected to be released with more than $20 million, which means ‘Bullet Train’ could be the last movie up for grabs. this amount until the fall.

Next Friday, “Bodies Bodies Bodies” goes nationwide and five more new movies are moderately released, including two Sundance movies. If that’s not enough for moviegoers, Steven Spielberg’s “ET the Extraterrestrial” will be re-released in 300 IMAX theaters, its first time in that format.

Check back Wednesday for my thoughts on how these and other movies will play out over the weekend.

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