by Jake Coyle | The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Brad Pitt’s action film “Bullet Train” led all films in ticket sales for the second consecutive weekend on Sunday, according to studio estimates, while a calming spell and incredible staying power in theaters stunned “Top Gun”. : Maverick’ allowed to rocket back. In the 12th week of release, it is at the third position.
After launching last weekend with nearly $30 million at the box office, “Bullet Train” grossed $13.4 million in its second round. David Leach’s killer-mob film made for $90 million has raked in $54.4 million in two weeks for Sony Pictures. Globally, ‘Bullet Train’ has grossed $114.5 million.
Three new films were released widely, but none of the top five films were successful. The slowdown — an expected but still intense late-summer slump in big releases — gave plenty of airspace for “Maverick,” the biggest film of the year, to make another fly-by in theaters.
About three months after opening in May, Paramount Pictures put the “Top Gun” sequel back on several large-format screens and increased its theater count from 2,760 to 3,181. It came in with $7.2 million, bringing its cumulative total to $673.8 million. Paramount’s biggest smash to date, “Maverick” ranked seventh at the domestic box office, not accounting for inflation, just above “Titanic” and just below “Avengers: Infinity War.”
The unusually long run time for “Top Gun: Maverick” is even more rare at a time when studios have shrunk theater windows, typically sending movies to streaming services after about 45 days in theaters. Huh.
“Top Gun: Maverick” was held very narrowly for second place by Warner Bros.’ “DC League of Super-Pets.” Warner Bros. estimated Sunday that its animated film grossed $7.17 million in its third week of release, up slightly from $7.15 million for “Maverick.” Final figures should break the close-tie on Monday.
But while “Top Gun: Maverick” has been a boon to theaters recovering from the pandemic, the thinly scheduled dog days of August — and potentially a part of September — will be a test for the industry. This weekend, the biggest new movie in theaters nationwide was A24’s “Body Bodies,” a Gen Z horror comedy that expanded to 1,269 locations after limited release last week. It ranked eighth with $3.3 million.
Lionsgate’s “The Fall,” about two friends trapped atop a 2,000-foot radio tower, started with $2.5 million. Diane Keaton’s body-swap comedy “Mack & Rita” debuted with only $1 million in ticket sales for Gravitas Ventures.
In total sales, it was the lowest ticket selling weekend of the summer. With a few new wide releases on tap – including two Idris Elba titles: the safari thriller “Beast” (August 19) and George Miller’s “Three Thousand Years of Longing” (August 26) – the film’s momentum and likely to be slow. Week.
According to comScore, estimated ticket sales in theaters in the US and Canada from Friday to Sunday. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
- “Bullet Train,” $13.4 million.
- “DC League of Super-Pets,” $7.2 million
- “Top Gun: Maverick,” $7.2 million.
- “Thor: Love and Thunder,” $5.3 million.
- “No,” $5.3 million.
- “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” $4.9 million.
- “Where the Crowds Sing,” $4 million.
- “Body Bodies Bodies,” $3.3 million.
- “Elvis,” $2.6 million.
- “Fall,” $2.5 million.
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