On Friday, Sony’s Brad Pitt action vehicle added $3.865 million. The film remains the nation’s widest release with 4,357 locations. The studio is predicting a $13 million gross for the second outing, which would mark a pretty solid drop of 56% from when it opened last weekend.
“Bullet Train” is expected to expand its domestic consumption to $54 million through Sunday. The adaptation of Kōtarō Isaka’s crime novel of the same name carries a production budget of $90 million, which is heavy for a future blockbuster outside of a franchise. With an August slate that’s light on high-profile new releases, Sony hopes “Bullet Train” will come out and pull in a solid gross during the month.
From there, it becomes a much tighter race between regular retainers. The weekend’s crop of new wide releases all land lower on the box office charts.
A24’s “Bodies Bodies Bodies” predicts a $3 million haul, landing near the top of estimates heading into the weekend. After a limited release in six theaters in New York and Los Angeles, “Bodies” expands to 1,275 locations, projecting an average of $2,361 per theater. The film is expected to land in eighth place over the weekend.
“Bodies” follows a group of wealthy twenty-somethings who throw a party during a hurricane at a remote family mansion. A night of drinking and debauchery quickly turns deadly after they decide to play a game of murder mystery. The cast includes Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennott, Lee Pace, Pete Davidson and (briefly) Conner O’Malley.
Efforts to expand the audience for “Fall,” which went from an R rating to PG-13 in using deepfake-style technology modifying f-bombs to “monster”, “friggin”, and other acceptable cuss substitutes, was not a resounding success. On Friday, Lionsgate’s thriller grossed $923,000 in 1,548 locations. The studio is predicting a $2.25 million opening with some upside, which would likely put the film outside the top 10 at the box office.
Still, sources close to Lionsgate say the studio would remain happy with an opening of this size for “Fall,” which fits into its model of low-risk theatrical entertainment. The film earned an average rating of “B” from research firm Cinema Score, indicating average approval from general moviegoers.
Meanwhile, the opening of the Gravitas Premiere release “Mac & Rita, a “Freaky Friday” body-swapping comedy starring Diane Keaton and Elizabeth Lail, barely made a dent in the box office. The film grossed around $310,000 Friday from 2,000 locations, a dismal average of $155 per theater. Additionally, an alarming “D+” rating on Cinema Score indicates that most of these ticket buyers were unhappy with their nights.
Returning to the top end of the weekend box office, “Top Gun: Maverick” could pull off another stunning feat. The Paramount and Skydance blockbuster is battling for second place at the box office in its twelfth release weekend – an amazing testament to its strength as a holdover throughout the summer. The studio forecasts a gain of $6.57 million for the weekend, marking a very slight drop of 7% from last weekend.
The Tom Cruise sequel has been a real phenomenon throughout the summer season. ‘Maverick’ is expected to increase its domestic gross to $673 million this weekend, putting it within striking distance of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ ($678 million) in the North American release record books. most profitable of all time. From there, the “Top Gun” sequel hopes to venture into the all-time top five by overtaking “Black Panther” ($700 million).
“DC League of Super-Pets” is aiming for third place. The animated release from Warner Bros. added $1.955 million to its crop on Friday, down 42% from last week. The film is expected to increase its domestic gross to $53 million through Sunday.
Universal’s “Nope” appears to take fourth place with an expected gross of $5 million, down 39% from the previous weekend. Jordan Peele’s sci-fi thriller has recently exceeded a domestic gross of $100 million – a resounding achievement for an original, non-franchise summer release.
Rounding out the top five, Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” is looking to add $5.1 million to its loot this weekend. Disney’s release is expected to boost its domestic revenue to $325 million through Sunday.