The 20th Century Studios and the New Regency horror thriller Barbaric debuted at #1 with an estimate of $10.0 million, slightly above pre-release projections that put it closer to $8 million.
Notably, with just 2,340 theaters, the film managed to grab the top spot despite having the seventh-widest screen count of any film on the market. It’s behind:
- Spider-Man: No Coming Home Reissue 2022 (3215)
- The invite (3,117)
- High-speed train (3,056)
- DC League of Super Pets (3,043)
- Top Gun: Maverick (3,005)
- The beast (2,793)
Compared to some other comparable horror titles from the post-pandemic era, Barbaric open:
- -5% below 2021 Don’t breathe 2 ($10.6M)
- +13% compared to 2021 Escape Room: Tournament of Champions ($8.8M)
- +14% compared to 2021 Spiral ($8.7M)
- +46% compared to August The invite ($6.8M)
- +84% compared to 2021 clever ($5.4 million, debuting day and date simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max)
The estimated audience for Barbaric was 58% male and 61% aged 25 and over.
Overseas, the film debuted in just seven markets (mostly smaller Latin American territories) for just $0.5 million.
Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva
Hindi action-adventure Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva started in second place with an estimate of $4.4 million, on the slightly higher end of the pre-release projections which were around $3.5 million.
The release of Star Studios started in just 810 theaters, only about 25% of the reach of the widest films in the market. As a result, its average of $5,432 per room ranks first among titles this weekend.
Compared to other top Indian films of recent years, this first film is:
- -53% below March RRR ($9.5M in 1,200 theaters)
- -57% below 2017 Baahubali 2: the conclusion ($10.4 million in 419 theaters)
- +23% compared to 2014 PACK ($3.5M in 272 theaters)
- +35% compared to 2016 Dangal ($3.2M in 331 theaters)
- +36% compared to 2015 Baahubali: the beginning ($3.2 million in 236 theaters)
The estimated audience for shiva was 58% male and older at 70% aged 25 and older.
Abroad, shivaThis weekend’s Indian debut led the box office there with $18.9 million, marking the No. 8 opening weekend of all time and the No. 2 opening for a Indian movie.
Top Gun: Maverick
Thanks in part to an increase in the number of screens, Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick unlikely returned to a third non-consecutive appearance at No. 1 last weekend, grossing $6.0 million in its 15th weekend.
Now in its 16th weekend, it drops to fourth place with a -47% drop, marking its biggest drop to date. Its previous steepest came in its third weekend, when it fell -42% from the massive $145 million debut of Jurassic World: Dominion.
After earning “only” opening weekend #41 all-time ($126.7 million), it has remained near the all-time high for every frame since – and generally the top 10:
- #8 second weekend all-time ($90.0M)
- #10 third weekend ($51.8M)
- #3 fourth weekend ($44.6M)
- #4 fifth weekend ($29.6M)
- #4 Sixth Weekend ($25.5M)
- #7 seventh weekend ($15.5M)
- #8 eighth weekend ($12.3M)
- #6 ninth weekend ($10.2M)
- #10 tenth weekend ($8.4M)
- #17 eleventh weekend ($7.0M)
- #9 Twelfth Weekend ($7.0 million again)
- #13 Thirteenth Weekend ($5.8M)
- #13 fourteenth weekend ($4.7M)
- #7 fifteenth weekend ($6.0M)
- Now #29 Sixteenth Weekend ($3.1M)
Abroad, maverick sits at $747.8 million, for $1.45 billion worldwide – the best movie of 2022 both globally and domestically. The top five foreign market totals to date include:
- United Kingdom ($101.5 million)
- Japan ($92.0M)
- South Korea ($66.8m)
- Australia ($64.0 million)
- France ($57.4M)
brand of life
Fathom Events Faith brand of life debuted at number seven with $2.2 million.
Compared to some other pandemic-era religious films, this opening box office is:
- -62% behind 2021 American Underdog ($5.8M)
- -37% behind January redemptive love ($3.5M)
- -59% behind April Father Stu ($5.4M)
- +58% compared to May family camp ($1.4M)
Playing in 1,531 theaters, it occupied less than half the reach of this weekend’s widest releases.
Spider-Man: No Coming Home
Sony Pictures December 2021 re-release Spider-Man: No Coming Home took third place with $5.4 million. This frame, it drops -76% to $1.3M and 10th place.
That’s steeper than the second-year drops for all the other highest-grossing theatrical re-releases in recent memory:
- 2011 reissue of 1993 The Lion King (-27%)
- 2012 reissue of 1997 Titanic (-31%)
- 2009 reissue of 1995 toy story (-38%)
- 2010 reissue of 2009 Avatar (-44%)
- 2012 reissue of 1991 The beauty and the Beast (-51%)
- 2013 reissue of 1993 jurassic park (-52%)
- 2012 reissue of 1999 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (-65%)
- The August 1982 reissue AND the extra-terrestrial (-69%)
Universal’s 1975 reissue Jaws also took ninth place last weekend with $2.6 million. Universal doesn’t appear to have reported a Sunday morning studio estimate for this image, although the actual data is expected to come out Monday afternoon.
PRO ticket office interviewed the makers of four movies that grossed over $1 million this weekend.
- Lily PRO ticket officeinterview with High-speed train director David Leitch here.
- Lily PRO ticket officeinterview with The beast director Baltasar Kormakur here.
- Lily PRO ticket officeinterview with The invite director Jessica M. Thompson here.
- Lily PRO ticket officeinterview with Where the Crawdads sing directorOlivia Newman here.
The total box office this weekend was around $38.5 million, or:
- -30% below last weekend’s total ($55.1M), while Top Gun: Maverick led for a third nonconsecutive frame with $6.0 million.
- -65% below the equivalent weekend in 2021 ($110.4M), when Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings led with $75.3 million.
- -72% less than the equivalent weekend of the last pre-pandemic year 2019 ($138.4M), when It: Chapter 2 led with $91.0 million.
This weekend marks the second lowest total weekend of 2022, behind only the January 28 frame, when Spider-Man: No Coming Home (still during its original run) led with $11.0 million on its seventh frame.
This also marks the third straight weekend in which Best Picture has fallen to $10 million or less.
For context, the last time this happened was May 21-23, 2021, when Spiral led with $4.5 million in its second-year frame. At that time, the box office was just beginning to take the first timid steps in its post-pandemic recovery.
The year-to-date box office is around $5.39 billion. This is:
- 2.40x that same point in the pandemic recovery year of 2021 ($2.24 billion), down from 2.46x after last weekend.
- -32.4% behind that same point in 2019, the last pre-pandemic year ($7.99 billion), compared to -31.8% last weekend. The peak was around -29.5%, set in mid-July.
- Universal ($1.25 billion)
- Paramount ($1.16 billion)
- Disney ($879.9M)
- Warner Bros. ($712.0 million)
- Sony Pictures ($695.4 million)
Sunday Studio Weekend Estimates:
|Title||Estimated weekend||% change||Pitches||Change of location||Medium||Total||Weekend||Distributer|
|Barbaric||$10,000,000||2,340||$4,274||$10,000,000||1||20th century workshops|
|Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva||$4,400,000||810||$5,432||$4,400,000||1||Star Studios|
|High-speed train||$3,250,000||-44%||3,056||-61||$1,063||$92,543,738||6||Sony Pictures|
|Top Gun: Maverick||$3,170,000||-47%||3,005||-108||$1,055||$705,650,344||16||Primordial|
|DC League of Super Pets||$2,835,000||-44%||3,043||-72||$932||$85,421,285||seven||Warner Bros.|
|The invite||$2,620,000||-46%||3,117||3||$841||$18,845,563||3||Sony Pictures|
|brand of life||$2,212,288||1,531||$1,445||$2,212,288||1||Fathom Events|
|Minions: The Rise of Gru||$1,650,000||-53%||2,274||-183||$726||$362,331,415||11||Universal|
|Spider-Man: No Coming Home||$1,300,000||-76%||3,215||-720||$404||$813,348,862||Sony Pictures|
|Where the Crawdads sing||$1,200,000||-41%||1990||-84||$603||$87,588,924||9||Sony Pictures|
|Thor: Love and Thunder||$1,000,000||-63%||1,850||-240||$541||$342,270,791||ten||waltz disney|
|Honk for Jesus. Save your soul.||$365,000||-74%||1,870||-12||$195||$2,399,225||2||Focus characteristics|
|Orphan: first murder||$300,000||-59%||428||-101||$701||$5,083,460||4||Primordial|
|Jurassic World: Dominion||$157,000||-67%||448||-322||$350||$375,859,130||14||Universal|
|To fall||$155,000||-46%||267||-151||$581||$6,708,832||5||Lions Gate|
|Mrs. Harris goes to Paris||$112,000||-26%||341||74||$328||$10,166,715||9||Focus characteristics|
|The black phone||$101,000||-59%||185||-68||$546||$89,751,845||12||Universal|
|Unfavorable odds||$58,184||445||$131||$58,184||1||Atlas distribution|
|Hug me tight||$15,051||5||$3,010||$15,051||1||Kino Lorber|