‘Bullet Train’ retains top spot at box office
Brad Pitt flick holds spot for 2nd week
The latest Brad Pitt film Bullet Train took the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office for the second consecutive weekend, selling another $13.4 million over the weekend.
So far, the flick has sold a decent $58.5 million in the U.S. over its first 10 days of release. Add in foreign sales and Bullet Train has already made $114.5 million. Whoa. Not quite John Wick numbers, but pretty solid. That said, the overall U.S. box office keeps dropping off steadily from $222 million the first weekend of July to just $55 million this past weekend.
Also at the box office
DC League of Super-Pets somehow continued to sell tickets, taking the No. 2 spot at last weekend’s box office with another $7.2 million in sales. So far, the kiddie movie has sold about $58 million in the U.S. and $109 million worldwide. That’s one that I’m certain I’ll never, ever, ever watch.
Coming in at No. 3 was Top Gun: Maverick in its 12th weekend of release, selling another $7.1 million. The Tom Cruise action sequel has sold $1.378 billion worldwide, making it one of the most successful films ever made. Ever. And don’t be surprised if this fan (and industry) favorite gets some serious love come year’s end and awards season.
Thor: Love and Thunder took the No. 4 spot, selling another $5.3 million, upping the film’s six-week domestic sales total to a decent $325 million.
And, finally, we have the much discussed third Jordan Peele film, Nope, which sold just under $5.3 million over its fourth weekend. Nope has sold $107.5 million in the U.S., as Peele has won again.
Also of note, the Hulu film that probably should have been the weekend’s No. 1 movie, Prey, was only released on the small screen. Excellent flick.
New this week
Baltasar Kormakur’s Beast starring Idris Elba as a father who is trying to keep himself and his daughters safe from a massive lion is set to hit theaters.
I’m not sure how this one got made or what Elba was thinking. More importantly, why is this the only wide release this weekend?
A handful of small films will start to play this weekend, including Dinner Party, Delia’s Gone, Spin Me Round, and Get Away if You Can.
Tough weekend at the movies.
I was bored enough this past weekend to watch Rueben Fleischer’s new action romp, Uncharted, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg.
Marky Mark was as masculine and charming as ever, and Fleishcer’s direction was excellent. Despite liking the movie, I couldn’t help but think of how good it could have been with a different actor. I just can’t understand the appeal of Holland. Maybe someday if his voice ever drops, I’ll get it. But for now, I have no clue why this small, characterless man-child is one of the biggest stars in the world.