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Box Office: ‘The Invitation’ Leads A Quiet Weekend At The Movies

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Weekend box office information is provided by Daniel Garris, courtesy of

This weekend’s slow overall frame at the box office was led by Sony’s The Invitation with an estimated $7.00 million debut. The PG-13 rated horror film from Screen Gems debuted on the lower end of its modest expectations, which was still good enough for first place this weekend. The Invitation was directed by Jessica M. Thompson and stars Nathalie Emmanuel and Thomas Doherty. The Invitation started out with $2.67 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.775 million from Thursday preview shows that began at 4PM), declined just 5.8 percent on Saturday to take in $2.51 million and is estimated to decrease 27.3 percent on Sunday to gross $1.83 million. Late August is typically a strong period for new horror fare, but there just wasn’t much interest in The Invitation regardless. It should be noted that The Invitation carried a fairly low price-tag. Next weekend The Invitation will receive a bit of help from the Labor Day holiday frame, but at the same time the film will also have to deal with new competition for horror fans from Universal’s re-issue of Jaws. Internationally, The Invitation grossed an estimated $1.6 million this weekend from 19 select international markets. That places the film’s current global haul at $8.6 million.

Fellow Sony release Bullet Train was up one spot from last weekend to move into second place with an estimated $5.60 million. That was down a very solid 30.2 percent from last weekend’s performance. The 24-day domestic total for the Brad Pitt-led Bullet Train stands at $78.21 million, which is nearly on par with the $78.30 million 24-day gross of The Lost City earlier this year (that film declined a similar 31.1 percent in its fourth weekend to gross $6.22 million). Internationally, Bullet Train grossed an estimated $9.4 million this weekend. Respective totals for the film stand at $95.4 million internationally and at $173.6 million globally.

Universal’s Beast was down one spot and a sharp 57.7 percent to claim third with an estimated $4.90 million. That brings the ten-day domestic start for the R-rated action thriller to $20.09 million. While word of mouth appears to be solid for Beast, the film faced fairly direct competition from both of this weekend’s new wide releases. Beast should be able to stabilize next weekend, though as with The Invitation next weekend, the re-issue of Jaws will present new fairly direct competition for Beast as well. Internationally, Beast grossed an estimated $4.0 million this weekend from 60 international markets. International debuts for Beast this weekend included $0.72 million in the United Kingdom and $0.66 million in France. Respective totals for Beast stand at $16.1 million internationally and at $36.2 million globally.

Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick grossed an estimated $4.75 million to remain in fourth place. Top Gun: Maverick declined a slim 19.7 percent from last weekend and that was with the film becoming available on PVOD within the past week. The 94-day domestic total for Top Gun: Maverick stands at $691.21 million, as the blockbuster sequel continues to inch closer to the $700 million domestic milestone. Internationally, Top Gun: Maverick grossed an estimated $6.7 million this weekend from 64 international markets. That brings the film’s international total to $731.2 million and current global haul to $1.422 billion.

Crunchyroll and Toei Animation’s Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero was down four spots from last weekend’s first place debut to round out this weekend’s top five with an estimated $4.57 million. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero fell a very sharp 78.4 percent, but that was unsurprising as higher profile anime films in recent years have tended to experience second weekend percentage declines of at least 69 percent (Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero also lost a sizable amount of its IMAX screens and showtimes this weekend to the IMAX re-issue of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). In the bigger picture, with a stronger than expected ten-day gross of $30.76 million, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is already estimated to have passed the $30.71 million final domestic gross of 2019’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly to become the fifth highest grossing anime film of all-time domestically. Internationally, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero grossed an estimated $4.2 million this weekend from 34 international markets. The current global total for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, not including the film’s earlier performance in Japan, stands at $50.7 million.

Warner’s DC League of Super-Pets was down one place from last weekend to take sixth with an estimated $4.23 million. On the heels of last weekend’s strong hold, DC League of Super-Pets held up well again this weekend by declining 25.7 percent. Thanks in part to very solid holding power; the 31-day domestic total for DC League of Super-Pets has inched up to $74.09 million. Internationally, DC League of Super-Pets added an estimated $4.4 million this weekend from 71 international markets. Respective totals for the film stand at $72.4 million internationally and at $146.5 million globally.

Meanwhile, United Artists Releasing and MGM’s Three Thousand Years of Longing was off to a rough start this weekend with an estimated seventh place gross of just $2.89 million. The George Miller directed R-rated fantasy film starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba came in under its already modest pre-release expectations. While interest in Three Thousand Years of Longing was limited to begin with, opening the film just one week after Beast (which also stars Elba) didn’t help matters either. On the average, critical reviews for Three Thousand Years of Longing have been rather average and the film looks to be going over similarly with audiences who have seen the film after receiving a B rating on CinemaScore.

Estimated grosses for other holdovers this weekend included $2.74 million for Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru (a 26.4 percent decline), $2.70 million for Disney’s Thor: Love and Thunder (down 33.6 percent), $2.33 million for Sony’s Where the Crawdads Sing (a 27.4 percent decrease) and $2.21 million for Universal’s Nope (a decline of 38.3 percent). Respective total domestic grosses stand at $354.78 million for Minions: The Rise of Gru through 59 days, at $336.57 million for Thor: Love and Thunder through 52 days, at $117.63 million for Nope through 38 days and at $81.89 million for Where the Crawdads Sing though 45 days.

Respective international and global totals through Sunday stand at $514.1 million internationally and at $868.9 million globally for Minions: The Rise of Gru, at $410.1 million internationally and at $746.7 million globally for Thor: Love and Thunder, at $31.1 million internationally and at $148.7 million globally Nope and at $24.7 million internationally and $106.6 million globally for Where the Crawdads Sing.

As for some of this weekend’s other new releases, Disney’s IMAX re-issue of 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story grossed an estimated $1.10 million from 255 locations (for a per-location average of $4,314), while Bleecker Street’s Breaking grossed an estimated $1.02 million from 902 locations (for a per-location average of $1,134). Breaking is a well-received thriller that was directed by Abi Damaris Corbin and stars John Boyega and the late Michael K. Williams.


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