“Bullet Train” No. 1 at the box office, Top Gun returns to second place

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This would be one plausible explanation behind the massive slowdown at the box office. Despite three new films opening across the country, none were able to break into the top five on the domestic charts, and only two — A24’s satirical “Bodies Bodies” and the low-budget dizzying Lionsgate movie “Fall” — managed to slip through. to the top ten.

It hurts even more that Sony’s action-thriller”Express train, which took first place for its second consecutive weekend with $13.1 million from 4,357 locations in North America, was the only film to earn at least $10 million in ticket sales. After two weeks on the big screen, “Bullet Train” led by Brad Pitt brought in $54.4 million at the domestic box office. This weekend marks the first time since February 11-13 – when “Death on the Nile” Opened to double 12.3 million dollars And Jennifer Lopez’s romantic comedy “Marry Me” stumbled less than that—only one movie made at least $10 million between Friday and Sunday.

And the icy drip and drip of ticket sales will only get worse as the box office heads into a near-desert stretch with no new shows from major studios on the horizon. As movie theater owners brace for the downside, they’re bowing at the altar of Harry Styles hoping the heart of pop music will inspire audiences to return to theaters in droves for director Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry, Baby.” Open until September 23. Until then, viewers will have to settle for smaller thrillers and dramas like Idris Elba’s “The Beast,” which comes out on August 19. “Three Thousand Years of Longing”, a fantasy romance with Tilda Swinton and Elba (again) on August 26; and the historical epic led by Viola Davis, “The Woman King” on September 16.

David A. Gross, who runs film consultancy Franchise Entertainment Research, says there is still reason for optimism despite the dearth of blockbuster films.

“The upside to the slim schedule is that movies unlock, keep more screens than before, and play longer for bigger local multiples,” he says. “There’s more room in the market, and every movie is taking advantage of it. But there’s no doubt that the box office gross will be bigger with more studio releases,” he adds.

At number eight, “Bodies Bodies” secured the best start among newcomers and beat expectations with $3.2 million from 1,290 locations. After launching last weekend with a limited release, the movie has grossed $3.5 million so far and plans to expand to more than 2,000 theaters next weekend. But other than that, audiences didn’t want to do much with “Fall” and the Diane Keaton comedy “Mack & Rita,” the other movie that debuted over the weekend.

Val barely made it to the 10th place with $2.5 million from 1,548 places. The film, which centers on two best friends who climb 2,000 feet to the top of an abandoned radio tower and find themselves trapped with no way down, was a relatively low risk for Lionsgate as it cost only $3 million to produce and less than $4 million to promote. It will not take a lot of coins to make a profit, and home entertainment will come in handy in this task.

Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg’s classic sci-fi “ET” — which debuted 40 years ago — earned more over the weekend than Keaton’s “Mack and Rita.” Gravitas Ventures debuted at number 13 with $1.03 million from 1930 screens. Universal’s re-release of “ET” grossed $1.07 million from just 389 Imax screens.

As expected, “Mack and Rita” directed older women, with 74% of ticket buyers identifying as female and 69% over the age of 30. Reviews were equally harsh, resulting in a dismal 26% result on Rotten Tomatoes.

With a poor response to most other films, Paramount is always the leading movie.”Top Gun: MaverickIt took second place in its 12th release this weekend. The action sequel continues to do unprecedented business, adding $7.1 million from 3,181 spots over the weekend and raising its domestic credit to $673.8 million. That means the Maverick movie is 5 million away. Almost a dollar dumped Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War as the sixth highest-grossing movie in domestic box office history.

Elsewhere on the domestic box office charts, outstanding titles “DC League of Super-Pets,” Jordan Peele’s UFO movie “Nope” and Disney’s Thor: Love and Thunder took places three to five.

The animated “DC League of Super-Pets” also added $7.1 million from 3,181 theaters in its third edition, down 35% from the previous weekend. So there is a possibility that it will climb to second place, above Maverick, once Monday’s final numbers are calculated. To date, DC Comics’ kid-friendly adventure has grossed $58 million at the domestic box office.

No, in its fourth week of launch, raised $5.3 million from 2,760 sites, down 38% from its last appearance. The film has so far grossed $107 million in North America, marking the director’s third feature film (out of three) to exceed $100 million. However, “No” has ways to match Peele’s first feature “Get Out” ($176.1 million) and his second “Us” effort ($175 million) in ticket sales in North America.

Thor: Love and Thunder brought in $5.3 million from 3,175 locations over the weekend. After six weekends on the big screen, the fourth “Thor” movie grossed $325.4 million domestically, surpassing 2017’s beloved predecessor “Ragnarok” ($315 million). Globally, “Love and Thunder” tracks Ragnarok with $720 million compared to the third with $853 million. However, “Ragnarok” was played in China and Russia while “Love and Thunder” did not secure a release in those regions.

At the independent box office, the Aubrey Plaza-led heist thriller “Emily the Outlaw” earned $668,990 from 473 screens — the equivalent of $1,414 per location. Roadside Attractions bought the movie after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to impress viewers. The film’s proponent hopes that festival fever will translate into ticket sales as the criminal Emily expands to other locations in the coming weeks.

Another Sundance movie, the upcoming Bleecker Street drama “Summering,” fared worse, raising just $31,317 across 260 venues, averaging $120 per location. The story of young adults follows four best friends as they spend their last weekend of summer together before the start of middle school.

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