‘Bullet Train’ repeats #1; “Top Gun” flies through the ranks


NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Pitt’s action flick “Bullet Train” topped all movies in ticket sales for a second straight weekend, according to studio estimates on Sunday, while a quiet period in theaters and incredible stamina allowed “Top Gun: Maverick” to return to third place in its 12th week of release.

After launching the previous weekend with around $30 million at the box office, “Bullet Train” earned $13.4 million in its second go-around. David Leitch’s $90 million assassin-packed movie grossed $54.4 million in two weeks for Sony Pictures. Globally, “Bullet Train” grossed $114.5 million.

Three new films have been released widely, but none have managed to break into the top five films. The downturn — an expected but still acute late summer downturn in major releases — gave plenty of airspace for the year’s biggest movie, “Maverick,” to get another fly-by in rooms.

Nearly three months after it opened in May, Paramount Pictures has returned the “Top Gun” sequel to a number of large-format screens and increased its theater count from 2,760 to 3,181. It walked away with 7, $2 million, bringing his cumulative total to $673.8 million. Paramount’s biggest hit, “Maverick” ranks seventh all-time at the domestic box office, excluding inflation, just above “Titanic” and just below “Avengers: Infinity. War”.

The unusually long runtime of “Top Gun: Maverick” is even rarer in an era when studios have shrunk theater windows, typically sending movies to streaming services after around 45 days in theaters.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ was narrowly edged out for second place by Warner Bros.’ “DC League of Super-Pets.” Warner Bros. estimated on Sunday that his animated film earned $7.17 million in its third week of release, just a nose above the $7.15 million for “Maverick.” Monday’s final numbers are expected to break the near tie.

But while “Top Gun: Maverick” has been a boon for theaters recovering from the pandemic, the heat waves of August – and potentially part of September – will be a test for the industry. This weekend, the biggest new movie in domestic theaters was A24’s “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” a Gen Z horror-comedy that expanded to 1,269 locations after opening last week. in a limited version. He came in eighth with $3.3 million.

Lionsgate’s “The Fall,” about two friends stranded atop a 2,000-foot radio tower, debuted with $2.5 million. Diane Keaton’s body-swapping comedy “Mack & Rita” opened with just $1 million in ticket sales for Gravitas Ventures.

Overall, this was the lowest ticket sales weekend of the summer. With few new large-scale releases – including two Idris Elba titles: the safari thriller “Beast” (August 19) and George Miller’s “Three Thousand Years of Longing” (August 26) – cinema is expected to slow further in coming years. weeks.

Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Bullet Train,” $13.4 million.

2. “DC League of Super-Pets,” $7.2 million

3. “Top Gun: Maverick,” $7.2 million.

4. ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’, $5.3 million.

5. “No”, $5.3 million.

6. “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” $4.9 million.

7. “Where the Crawdads Sing,” $4 million.

8. Corps Corps Corps, $3.3 million.

9. “Elvis”, $2.6 million.

10. “Autumn,” $2.5 million.


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