High-speed rail takes the top spot with $30 million

The scorching days of summer are upon us, and they could be for the box office as well. August sometimes delivers numbers in the first two weeks, but the closer we get to Labor Day, the less breakout stories we get and the more how we head into festival and awards season. . The first week of August has seen many hits over the years, and there was an opening this weekend in hopes of becoming the 20th biggest $100 million to open the month. However, it might take a few extra legs – or should we say extra tracks – to join the elite.

Harvest King: High-speed train Chugs up

by David Leitch High-speed train is, of course, the aforementioned movie hoping to hit $100 million; it opened at $30.1 million this weekend. It’s the 14th-best August Fool’s Day weekend, but the fourth-best for an original property that isn’t a sequel or tie-in to one of the comic book universes. It’s also the best R-rated original movie opening this weekend, which sounds like good news, but it may already be fighting an uphill battle toward that $100 million milestone. His $12.6 million on Friday would normally have suggested a departure above $30 million. In the past, numbers like that (between $12.5 and $12.7 million startups) have averaged a $35.5 million startup. The two R-rated films on this list – Blade Runner 2049 and Bad Grandpa – opened over $32 million. High-speed train’s the figures are closer to The Dukes of Hazzard’s $30.6 million start-up; this film also had the lowest total gross ($80.2 million) among the 11 films on this list. High-speed train going to want to keep a second weekend above $18 million if the $90 million budget movie sticks to a plan for $100 million. It will certainly rely on its overseas sales to make a profit.

Rotten Returns: Jo Koy’s Easter Sunday hesitate

It’s very little positive to say about Easter Sunday This weekend. Fire starter opened at $3.8 million but was also available day and date on Peacock and A24 Men opened at $3.29 million. Easter Sunday, starring comedian Jo Koy, started with just $5.2 million this weekend. The $17 million budget film won’t suffer a huge loss, but it won’t even reach that gross, despite Men’s unjustified budget, would make it the third film of the summer to not see its domestic revenue at least match its stated budget, as well as Bob’s Burgers movie information and Paws of fury.

The Top 10 and beyond: Nope Thumbs to profit, Superior gun Outrun Avatar

As Budgets Go, Jordan Peele’s $68 Million Nope was achieved, but remember that about half of that money goes to theaters, so it takes double that and more to make a profit. Nope will hit $100 million this week after being shy on Sunday with a third week down 56% to $8.5 million. Last week we compared his numbers to those of Luc Besson Lucy. They are still closely aligned, but Nope has definitely taken a step back now after failing to match that movie’s $9.4 million third weekend. Their 17-day gross is nearly identical, so the low side of $120 million appears to be Nope’its ultimate destination. When he nabs another $50 million overseas, he should find himself out of the red.

A movie that seems to be heading deeper into the red now is another bad story for DC this week after the bat girl debacle. DC League of Super Pets plunged 51% to $11.2 million, putting it on a collision course with The Ice Age: Collision Course, which had a similar second weekend at $10.9 million. The Super Animals’ The 10-day crude is slightly ahead with $45.1 million, so we’ll put a final estimate between $65-70 million. Another late summer animated film bites the dust with a $90 million budget. It will be the fourth film this summer not to recoup its cost.

The crowd of 300 million and more continue to release numbers. Thor: Love and Thunder is at $316 million after a fifth weekend of $7.4 million, rising Ragnarok be the most profitable standalone Thor film. It also slipped it up Spiderman 3 Numbers; that film earned $7.7 million in weekend five and had grossed $318 million in the same period. Whether love and thunder decreases at this rate, it could be between 330 and 335 million dollars. Minions: The Rise of Gru is already here and getting better The Mighty Thor this summer. With $334 million in the bank after a sixth weekend of $7.1 million, it continues to outperform The secret life of pets as Illumination’s highest-grossing domestic film to date. Speaking of all time, Top Gun: Maverick has now officially passed Titanic with all its reissues. $662 million and up means that Avengers: Infinity War is just around the corner ($678.8 million). Black Panther is still $26 million ahead of Maverick’overall, but even that movie only had a $4.7 million 11th weekend. $700 million is still entirely possible, and Paramount will likely do everything in its power to make that happen.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10, we find Where the Crawdads sing on a path similar to Mad. Dumb. To like. with $64.6 million in the bank and beating that film’s fourth weekend by a margin of $5.2-4.7 million. Over $85 million seems well on the way. The black phone crossed that same threshold this weekend and is one of the great successes of the summer. by Baz Luhrmann Elvis will spend $140 million this time next week; it tops $250 million worldwide and is also in the black. Finally, in the top 10, we have the A24s Body Body Body which launched in just six theaters this weekend with $227,000. It’s an average of $38,000 per room which ranks fourth best of the year behind Louis CK’s Fourth of July, Everything everywhere all at onceand Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The 91%-approved horror-comedy will open wider next week after the studio Marcel the shell with shoes only raised less than $5 million after seven weeks of a slow rollout.

On the vine: To fall and Mack and Rita Muted weekend

Beyond Body Body Body getting a wider launch next week, the new box office additions could be pretty low key. Two friends find themselves trapped atop a radio tower 2,000 feet in the air To fall. There’s Diane Keaton in a reverse body change movie where a young woman wishes she was a 70-year-old woman in Mack and Rita. Sundance represents with James Ponsoldt’s tale of young female friendship mixed with horror, Additionwith Aubrey Plaza in the credit card fraud thriller, Criminal Emily. Finally, Steven Spielberg AND the extra-terrestrial will be re-released on IMAX screens across the country.

Full list of box office results: August 5-7, 2022


High-speed train

  • $30.1 million ($30.1 million total)


DC League of Super Pets

  • $11.2 million ($45.1 million total)



  • $8.5 million ($98 million total)


Thor: Love and Thunder

  • $7.6 million ($316 million total)


Minions: The Rise of Gru

  • $7.1 million ($334.6 million total)


Top Gun: Maverick

  • $7 million ($662.5 million total)


Where the Crawdads sing

  • $5.7 million ($64.6 million total)


Easter Sunday

  • $5.3 million ($5.3 million total)



  • $4 million ($136.5 million total)


The black phone

  • $1.5 million ($85.9 million total)

Erik Childress can be heard weekly rating the box office on Business First AM with Angela Miles and her Movie Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]

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