‘Bullet Train’ repeats No. 1; ‘Top Gun’ flies back up the ranks

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.

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