East everybody on holiday?
This would be a plausible explanation behind the big box office downturn. Although three new films were released on a large scale, none managed to break into the top five of the national charts and only two – A24’s satirical slasher “Bodies Bodies Bodies” and the dizzying low-budget thriller ” Fall” from Lionsgate – managed to infiltrate the Top 10.
It’s even more serious than Sony’s action thriller”High-speed trainwhich won the top spot for the second consecutive weekend with $13.1 million from 4,357 North American sites, was the only film to take in at least $10 million in ticket sales. After two weeks on the big screen, the Brad Pitt-directed “Bullet Train” has grossed $54.4 million at the domestic box office. This weekend marks the first time since February 11-13 – when ‘Death on the Nile’ opened at a low $12.3 million and Jennifer Lopez’s romantic comedy “Marry Me” stumbled with even less – only one film made at least $10 million between Friday and Sunday.
And the icy drip, drip, drip in ticket sales will only get worse as the box office heads into an almost desolate stretch with hardly any new offerings from major studios on the horizon. As movie theater owners brace for the downward trend, they bow to the altar of Harry Styles in hopes the pop idol will inspire audiences to return to theaters in droves to director Olivia Wilde’s mind-blowing flick, “Don’t Worry Darling,” which doesn’t open until September 23. Until then, exhibitors will have to make do with smaller thrillers and dramas like Idris Elba’s “Beast,” which hits theaters Aug. 19; “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” a fantasy romance with Tilda Swinton and Elba (again) on August 26; and the Viola Davis-directed historical epic “The Woman King” on September 16.
David A. Gross, who runs film consultancy Franchise Entertainment Research, says there’s still reason to be optimistic despite the dearth of blockbusters.
“The advantage of the thin schedule is that movies open on and fit more screens than before, and they play longer at bigger domestic multiples,” he says. “There is more room in the market and every film benefits from it. But there’s no doubt,” he adds, “the total box office would be bigger with more studio releases.”
At number eight, “Bodies Bodies Bodies” got the best start among newcomers and exceeded expectations with $3.2 million from 1,290 locations. After debuting last weekend in limited release, the film has grossed $3.5 million so far and plans to expand to over 2,000 theaters next weekend. But otherwise, audiences didn’t want much to do with “Fall” and Diane Keaton’s body-swapping comedy “Mack & Rita,” the other movie debuting over the weekend.
“Fall” barely landed in 10th place with $2.5 million from 1,548 sites. The film, centering on two best friends who climb 2,000 feet to the top of an abandoned radio tower and find themselves stranded with no way out, was relatively low risk for Lionsgate as it cost just $3 million to produce and less. $4 million to promote. . It won’t take a lot of change to make a profit; home entertainment will be useful in this mission.
Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic “ET” – which debuted 40 years ago – brought in more money this weekend than Keaton’s “Mack and Rita.” The Gravitas Ventures release premiered at #13 with $1.03 million from 1,930 screens. Universal’s re-release of “ET” grossed $1.07 million on just 389 Imax screens.
As expected, “Mack and Rita” featured mostly older women, with 74% of ticket buyers identifying as female and 69% being over 30. They didn’t like the film, which earned a “D+” CinemaScore. The reviews were equally harsh, resulting in a grim score of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.
With the dismal turnout for most other films, Paramount’s ever-powerful blockbuster”Top Gun: Maverickclimbed to No. 2 in its 12th weekend of release. The action sequel continues to do unprecedented business, adding $7.1 million across 3,181 sites over the weekend and bringing its domestic total to $673.8 million. That means “Maverick” is about $5 million away from dethroning Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” as the sixth-highest-grossing movie in domestic box office history.
Elsewhere on the domestic box office charts, remaining titles “DC League of Super-Pets,” Jordan Peele’s UFO thriller “Nope” and Disney’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” filled slots three through five.
The “DC League of Super-Pets” animation also added $7.1 million from 3,181 theaters in its third outing, down 35% from the previous weekend. So there’s a chance he could move up to second place, above ‘Maverick’, once the final numbers are tallied on Monday. To date, the kid-friendly DC Comics adventure has grossed $58 million at the domestic box office.
“No,” now in its fourth weekend of release, has collected $5.3 million from 2,760 locations, down 38% from its last release. So far, the film has amassed $107 million in North America, marking the director’s third (of three) feature films to cross the $100 million mark. However, “Nope” has some way to go to match Peele’s feature debut “Get Out” ($176.1 million) and second effort “Us” ($175 million) in ticket sales north-west. Americans.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” grossed $5.3 million from 3,175 sites over the weekend. After six weekends on the big screen, the fourth film “Thor” has grossed $325.4 million domestically, surpassing its beloved 2017 predecessor “Ragnarok” ($315 million). Globally, however, “Love and Thunder” trails “Ragnarok” with $720 million compared to the third entry’s $853 million. However, “Ragnarok” played in China and Russia, while “Love and Thunder” did not get a release in those territories.
At the independent box office, the Aubrey Plaza-directed heist thriller “Emily the Criminal” grossed $668,990 from 473 screens, or $1,414 per location. Roadside Attractions picked up the film after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. The film’s backer hopes festival fever translates into ticket sales as ‘Emily the Criminal’ expands to more locations in the coming weeks.
Another Sundance film, the Bleecker Street coming-of-age drama “Summering,” did worse, raking in just $31,317 from 260 theaters, averaging a disappointing $120 per slot. The story of biased young adults follows four best friends as they spend the last weekend of summer together before starting college.