Box Office: Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’ Arrives With $30 Million Launch

High-speed train“, a John Wick-ian game with brad pitt in the aisle seat, arrived in theaters with an opening weekend of $30.1 million. That’s enough to top the national box office, but it’s a mediocre result considering “Bullet Train’s” $90 million price tag and Pitt’s star power. The Sony Pictures outlet will need to maintain momentum in the coming weeks as it tries to break even or turn a profit.

“A great movie like this with high expectations should have had a stronger start,” says Jeff Bock, senior media analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “That said, there isn’t much competition in August, so ‘Bullet Train’ should have a good window to make its mark in the coming weeks.”

“Bullet Train” tries to prove that an action movie that isn’t based on a well-known property can defy the odds and resonate with audiences. But part of the problem for the film is that the critics weren’t on board. “Bullet Train” earned a mediocre 54% approval rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, with many critics criticizing the film for being too derivative. Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge was mixed on “Bullet Train”, writing that “neither the characters nor the movie they inhabit is particularly deep”.

“Bullet Train” was directed by David Leitch, who once served as a stuntman for Pitt before moving on to oversee “Atomic Blonde” and “Deadpool 2.” It centers on a hapless hitman whose mission to grab a suitcase full of cash from a high-speed train in Japan, turns into double-crosses and brutal fights with an army of killers, thieves, and deviants. competing socials.

Universal and Amblin”Easter Sunday‘, the weekend’s other major release, stumbled in its opening frame, earning a paltry $5.3 million for an eighth place finish on the national charts. ‘Easter Sunday’ features the stand-up comedy -up Jo Koy as an actor who attends his dysfunctional Filipino American family’s Easter Sunday celebration.

The good news for Universal and Amblin is that “Easter Sunday” was a modest gamble, carrying a price tag of $17 million. Comedies, once a reliable draw, have struggled at the box office in recent years. In fact, “Easter Sunday” is the only major studio comedy to hit theaters this summer, a sign of the genre’s waning popularity.

“DC League of Super-Pets,” an animated offering from Warner Bros., landed second place with $11.2 million. After two weeks, “Super-Pets” posted a domestic gross of $45.1 million, a disappointing result given its $90 million production budget. Under its new owner, Warner Bros. Discovery seeks to shakes up his cinematographic universe characters from DC Comics, a shift that led to the company’s controversial decision this week scrap “Batgirl” after the movie is over. Instead of debuting on HBO Max as originally planned or being retooled for theatrical release, the film will now become a tax cut.

Universal”Nopecame in third with $8.5 million. That brings Jordan Peele’s twisty UFO thriller to $97.9 million at the domestic box office, an impressive result for a film that isn’t derived from pre-existing intellectual property.

Disney and Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” and Universal and Illumination’s “Minions: Rise of Gru” round out the top five, grossing $7.6 million and $7.1 million, respectively. That brings the MCU Adventure’s total in the US to $316.1 million, while the “Despicable Me” spin-off has now grossed $334.6 million domestically.

In limited release, “Bodies Bodies Bodies” grossed $226,526 from 6 screens in New York and Los Angeles, averaging $37,754 per screen. The horror film A24 follows a group of wealthy twenty-somethings at a hurricane party at a secluded family mansion that becomes the site of much bloodshed. The ensemble cast includes former “SNL” star Pete Davidson, “The Hate U Give” Amandla Stenberg and “Borat 2” breakthrough Maria Bakalova.

On the milestones front, Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” now has supplanted “Titanic” as the seventh-highest-grossing film ever at the domestic box office, earning $662 million in ticket sales. The sequel, now in its eleventh week of release, added $7 million to its total. The film is the highest-grossing release of Tom Cruise’s career and, thanks to a lucrative incentive pactshould leave him over $100 million more.

The domestic box office has seen an impressive rebound in recent months; it’s a resurgence fueled by hits like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Jurassic World Dominion.” The bad news for theaters is that ‘Bullet Train’ is the last big big-budget studio movie of this summer and there’s about to be a real wasteland when it comes to food. populists. Studio execs and theater owners privately say there won’t be another smash hit until “Black Adam” opens on October 21 or “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” debuts on October 11. november. That’s a long wait, especially for an exhibition industry still trying to shake off the lingering impact of COVID closures and declining attendance.

“We have to manage expectations,” says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for ComScore. “The next three months will not be like the previous three months. It’s going to be a long time before we get another blockbuster. »

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