Normally, Hollywood studios would continue to release event films throughout August. This year is different as the entertainment industry emerges from the pandemic and grapples with production and post-production delays.
High-speed train is considered the last major Hollywood studio title of the summer of 2022. The film is doing strong business and is expected to gross $13 million this weekend from 4,357 theaters for a national total of $54.2 million out of 10. days. One catch: Even with little competition, Bullet Train appears to be down over 57% since its opening weekend, though that’s not unusual for a male-biased action shot. The film made $3.9 million on Friday.
Somewhere else, Top Gun: Maverick made an impressive comeback in its 12th weekend, boosting its theater count from 2,760 to 3,181 locations, including high-end movie theaters, in a special event of fan appreciation. The Paramount and Skydance movie is taking $6.6 million for the weekend from 3,181 theaters for second place. It is now certain that the Tom Cruise film will cross the $700 million mark in the domestic market. (Overall, it grossed north of $1.35 billion, one of the best performers of all time.)
Retentions DC League of Super Pets, Nope and Thor: Love and Thunder should complete the top five.
Other titles in the top 10 include A24’s specialty film Body Body Body, which is expected to come in at #8 with approximately $3 million from 928 theaters. Directed by Halina Reijn, the dark comedy shakes up the slasher genre and stars Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson, Rachel Sennott, Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders and Lee Pace. A24 is rolling out the film slowly throughout the month; it started its run in a handful of theaters last weekend.
Another new offering this weekend is Lionsgate’s To fall, an adventure thriller about a group of mountain climbers. The film, directed by Scott Mann and starring Grace Caroline Currey and Virginia Gardner, may not crack the top 10 with an expected $2 million debut from 1,548 locations.
Independent distributor Gravitas Ventures is also benefiting from the slowdown in summer rates. The company publishes Mac and Rita in about 2,000 theaters, but with dismal results. The adult comedy – starring Elizabeth Lail as a 30-year-old woman who wakes up after a bachelorette party to find she’s 70, along with the older version of herself played by Diane Keaton – might not even hit $1 million in its box office debut.
To fall received a B CinemaScore from the public, while Mac and Rita failed a rare D+.
This would put Mac and Rita behind the reissue this weekend of AND the extra-terrestrialwhich appears to be making $1.1 or $1.2 million in just 389 theaters.
Weekend numbers will be updated on Sunday.