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Box Office: Bullet Train Speeds To The Top Again

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Weekend box office information are provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of BoxOfficeReport.com.

With the summer box office season continuing to slow down, Sony’s Bullet Train was able to hold steady in first place this weekend with an estimated $13.40 million. That represented a sharp, but reasonable 55.4 percent decline from the film’s opening weekend performance last weekend. While Bullet Train benefited this weekend from solid word of mouth (the film received a B+ rating on CinemaScore) and the relative lack of new overall competition this weekend, at the same time the film had to deal with losing a portion of its IMAX showtimes to both the re-issue of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Top Gun: Maverick, and losing a portion of its non-IMAX premium screen showtimes to Top Gun: Maverick as well. The ten-day start for Bullet Train stands at $54.48 million, which is right in line with consensus expectations. Thus far, Bullet Train is running essentially on par with the $54.49 million ten-day gross of The Lost City earlier this year (which declined 51.7 percent in its second weekend to gross $14.71 million).

Internationally, Bullet Train grossed an estimated $17.0 million this weekend. That brings the film’s international total to $60.0 million and current global haul to $114.5 million. International totals for Bullet Train through Sunday by market include $6.0 million in the United Kingdom, $5.8 million in France, $5.4 million in Mexico, $4.1 million in Australia, $3.6 million in Saudi Arabia and $3.6 million in Spain. Through Sunday, the film’s estimated global IMAX take stands at $6.3 million. Future international opening dates for Bullet Train include August 24 for South Korea, August 25 for Italy and September 1 for Japan.

It’s an extremely close race for second place this weekend between Warner’s DC League of Super-Pets and Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick. With the weekend studio estimates for the two films separated by only $20,000, it’s obviously too close to call the race for second place until weekend actuals are released on Monday.

DC League of Super-Pets was down a solid 35.1 percent to gross an estimated $7.17 million. The computer animated film stabilized nicely this weekend, especially since DC League of Super-Pets was playing in a significant 529 fewer locations this weekend than last weekend. The 17-day domestic total for DC League of Super-Pets stands at $58.35 million. That is a slim 1.7 percent ahead of the $57.38 million 17-day haul of The Bad Guys earlier this year. Going forward, DC League of Super-Pets is likely to continue to stabilize thanks in part to good word of mouth and in part to the lack of new family films scheduled to enter the marketplace throughout the rest of August and September. Internationally, DC League of Super-Pets grossed an estimated $7.7 million this weekend from 69 international markets. Respective totals for the film stand at $51.4 million internationally and at $109.7 million globally.

Top Gun: Maverick was up a terrific 1.6 percent from last weekend to gross an estimated $7.15 million. In addition to continuing to benefit from tremendous word of mouth, Top Gun: Maverick received added boosts from playing in 421 more locations this weekend than last weekend and from returning to some IMAX and non-IMAX premium screens for select showtimes. With an 80-day domestic gross of $673.82 million, Top Gun: Maverick will soon surpass the $678.82 million total domestic gross of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War to move into sixth place on the all-time unadjusted domestic list. This weekend saw Top Gun: Maverick surpass the $700 million international mark after grossing an estimated $8.4 million internationally for the frame. Respective totals for Top Gun: Maverick stand at $704.2 million internationally and at a massive $1.378 billion globally.

It’s also a very close race for fourth place this weekend between Disney’s Thor: Love and Thunder with an estimated $5.31 million and Universal’s Nope with an estimated $5.30 million. Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru also isn’t all that far behind in sixth place with an estimated $4.90 million. In comparison to last weekend, Thor: Love and Thunder and Minions: The Rise of Gru were both down a very solid 31.1 percent, while Nope declined a solid 37.7 percent. Respective domestic totals stand at $343.71 million through 45 days for Minions: The Rise of Gru, at $325.40 million through 38 days for Thor: Love and Thunder and at $107.51 million through 24 days for Nope.

This weekend saw Nope start out its international run with an estimated $6.3 million from 20 select international markets. Debuts for Nope included $2.1 million in the United Kingdom, $1.2 million in Australia and $1.2 million in France. The film’s global haul stands at $113.9 million.

Minions: The Rise of Gru grossed an estimated $10.8 million this weekend from 80 international markets, while Thor: Love and Thunder grossed an estimated $6.2 million for the frame from 48 international markets. Respective totals stand at $446.7 million internationally and $790.4 million globally for Minions: The Rise of Gru and at $395.1 million internationally and $720.5 million globally for Thor: Love and Thunder.

Meanwhile, Sony and 3000 Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing was down just 29.5 percent to claim seventh place with an estimated $4.00 million. With a stronger than expected 31-day domestic gross of $72.15 million, the current total gross to opening weekend ratio for Where the Crawdads Sing stands at a healthy 4.18 to 1. With the film taking in an estimated $1.0 million from 4 select international markets this weekend, respective totals for Where the Crawdads Sing stand at $14.8 million internationally and at $86.9 million globally.

Upon expanding to semi-wide release, A24’s Bodies Bodies Bodies grossed an estimated $3.25 million from 1,290 locations. The critically acclaimed Halina Reijn directed dark horror comedy placed in eighth among all films this weekend and with a per-location average of $2,520, Bodies Bodies Bodies had the weekend’s second highest per-location average among films playing in at least 1,000 locations (behind only Bullet Train). This weekend’s performance for Bodies Bodies Bodies nearly matched the $3.29 million start of fellow A24 horror film Men back in May and Bodies Bodies Bodies was able to do so while playing in far fewer locations (Men debuted in 2,212 locations). The 10-day total for Bodies Bodies Bodies stands at $3.58 million. A24 will expand Bodies Bodies Bodies to an estimated 1,200 locations this coming Friday (August 12).

Estimated debuts for new arrivals this weekend (most of them in either moderate or semi-wide release) included: Lionsgate’s Fall ($2.51 million from 1,548 locations), Paramount’s Laal Singh Chaddha ($1.47 million from 516 locations, $1.79 million over four days), Gravitas Ventures’ Mack & Rita ($1.10 million from 1,930 locations) Universal’s IMAX exclusive re-issue of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial ($1.07 million from 389 locations), Roadside’s Emily the Criminal ($0.669 million from 473 locations) and GKIDS’ Inu-Oh ($0.191 million from 350 locations).

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