With $13.4 million, “Bullet Train” has the weekend’s highest box office take as “Top Gun 2” revs up its engines.
In other news, the nationwide release of the niche movie “Bodies Bodies Bodies” has started.
As no new Hollywood summer even movie premiered in theatres nationally over the course of its second weekend, David Leitch’s action-packed Bullet Train, starring Brad Pitt as a hellbent assassin, easily maintained its top spot on the box office rankings.
In the past, August would have seen more event films released by studios. As the entertainment industry recovers from the pandemic and struggles with production and post-production delays, this year is different. The weekend’s total income was about $66 million, which was a low point for summer 2022.
The final significant Hollywood studio film of summer 2022 is regarded as Bullet Train. The movie is doing alright financially; it brought in $13.4 million in its second outing weekend from 4,357 theatres, giving it a $54.2 million domestic haul in ten days. One drawback: Despite having no competition, Bullet Train’s box office performance dropped by 54% from its first weekend. However, this is typical for action movies with a male slant.
With another $17 million added to its overseas earnings, Bullet Train now has a total of $114.5 million worldwide and $60 million in foreign earnings.
As part of a special fan appreciation event, Top Gun: Maverick increased its theatre count from 2,760 to 3,181 locations, including premium screen venues, and made a stunning comeback in its 12th weekend. From 3,181 theatres, The Paramount and Skydance made an estimated $7.2 million over the course of the weekend. The Tom Cruise movie will undoubtedly surpass $700 million domestically at this point. (It has raked in north of $1.35 billion globally, one of the finest performances ever.)
DC holdovers The top three games were League of Super-Pets, Nope, and Thor: Love and Thunder.
The Warner Bros. film DC League of Super-Pets ended its third Sunday with a worldwide haul of $109.7 million, including $58.3 million domestically.
Thor: Love and Thunder from Disney and Marvel maintained its position near the top of the list with a new global total of $720 million, the most in the standalone Thor series.
Nope ended the weekend with a worldwide gross of $113.9 million, of which $107.5 million came from domestic sales, while Minions: The Rise of Gru, another Universal movie, has amassed nearly $800 million worldwide with $790.4 million. According to the studio, on Sunday, Universal became the first Hollywood studio since 2019 to sell $3 billion worth of tickets worldwide.
Bodies Bodies Bodies, an A24 specialty feature, is one of the other films to make it into the top 10, with an early total of $3.6 million after taking in an estimated $3.3 million from 928 theatres. The black comedy, which is directed by Halina Reijn and stars Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson, Rachel Sennott, Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, and Lee Pace, flips the slasher subgenre on its head. Bodies started playing in a few theatres last weekend as A24 is releasing the movie gradually over the month.
Lionsgate’s Fall, an adventure-thriller about a group of climbers, is another brand-new release this weekend. With a projected $2.5 million start from 1,548 locations, the Scott Mann-directed film, which stars Grace Caroline Currey and Virginia Gardner, would not crack the top 10.
The decline of summer tentpole entertainment is also being seized upon by independent distributor Gravitas Ventures. Despite poor reviews, the business is distributing Mack and Rita in about 2,000 cinemas. The adult-targeted comedy, which stars Elizabeth Lail as a 30-year-old woman who wakes up after a bachelorette party to realize she is 70 years old, is estimating a weekend opening of $1.1 million, but some experts have that number closer to $1 million.
Audiences gave Fall a B CinemaScore, while Mack and Rita failed with a rare D+.
This weekend’s rerelease of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which took in an estimated $1.1 to $1.2 million from only 389 cinemas, may surpass Mack and Rita in box office results.