Sony’s Bullet Train will have a softer second weekend ease than expected at -55% with $13.4M at No 1 in a low wattage August frame that is around $66.8M for all movies. That’s the lowest grossing weekend to date this summer, the previous low being the May 20-22 frame when Downton Abbey opened to $16M and saw all movies $75.6M. Bullet Train‘s second weekend hold is a bit better than director David Leitch’s previous summer hit, Hobbs & Shaw, which was down -58%.
This weekend is also +3% from the same mid August period a year ago. Again, it’s not that nobody wants to go to the movies. It’s because there isn’t a movie that’s intriguing enough which merits a trip to the cinema.
A24 opted to go wider, but not super wide on Bodies Bodies Bodies which has a lower Rotten Tomatoes audience score at 78% and only 3 stars/63% on CinemaScore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak. That indicates another divide by the studio between moviegoers and critics (90% certified fresh) who love this horror social satire. The Pete Davidson title grossed $3.25M for the weekend at 1,285 theaters after a $1M Saturday that’s 23% down from Friday’s $1.3M. The guy skewing R-rated movie at 52% men, and 78% between 18-34 played best in the cities, i.e. LA, NY, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Austin, DC, Boston and Seattle and fared quite well in the Alamo Drafthouses which notched seven of the pic’s top ten runs. Diversity demos were 48% Caucasian, 23% Latino and Hispanic, 13% Black, and 16% Asian/other.
On social media per RelishMix, conversation runs super-mixed for Bodies Bodies Bodies as fans are on the critical fence on the film and also have loads to chew on with Davidson’s recent un-coupling from Kim Kardashian — and who’s side they are on in his personal drama. Fans are also quizzing the mixed genre elements from the horror comedy. Maria Bakalova fans, who are activated, are stoked about the movie.
While Lionsgate did have something to offer to exhibition during this theatrical dry period, they didn’t go wide on their YA title Fall, which actually did earn a B CinemaScore, but lower PostTrak at 69% positive and a 44% recommend. Those who showed up for Fall were 53% guys 56% between 18-34. The pic’s most notable business was in the South and West but didn’t wow with less than 100 theatres of its 1,548 run cracking $1K on Friday. Saturday grossed $835K, -10% from Friday’s $923K, in what looks like a $2.3M opening. The pic is vying for No. 10 with Universal’s second weekend of Jo Koy’s Amblin family comedy, Easter Sunday.
Paramount has the Hindi Forrest Gump remake Laal Singh Chaddha from Advait Chandan Booked at 516 theaters in 154 markets, the pic has good numbers in Toronto, Vancouver, and some solid figures in NYC, San Francisco, Houston and Seattle. $575K on Saturday, +32% over Friday’s $435K, will get this movie to a $1.47M weekend and $1.78M over 5-days. Twenty five reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are so-so at 60% fresh.
Gravitas Ventures’ Diane Keaton-Taylour Paige comedy, Mack & Rita, didn’t impress with a D+ CinemaScore and 61% PostTrak and low 46% recommend. Pic made $370K on Saturday for a $1.095M opening at 1,930 theaters. Those who dared to spend very little money were in the West and Southeast.
Universal’s Imax re-release of E.T. is seeing $310K on Saturday, -37% from Friday’s $490K for a $1.07M take over FSS.
Typically mid-August is a prime place to launch a horror movie that carries the domestic box office over into the fall, i.e. Don’t Breathe ($89.2M) or Annabelle Creation ($102M). Perhaps Universal’s campy Idris Elba lion hunt movie, Beast, does the trick next weekend.
1.) Bullet Train 4,357 theaters, Fri $3.8M, Sat $5.5M, 3-day $13.4M (-55%)/Total $54.4M/Wk 2
2.) DC League of Super-Pets 3,803 (-529) theaters, Fri $1.96M, Sat $2.975M, Sun $2.2M 3-day $7.17M (-35%)/Total $58.3M Wk 3
3.) Top Gun: Maverick (Par) 3,181 (+421) theaters, Fri $1.97M, Sat $2.96M, Sun $2.2M 3-day $7.15M (+2%), Total $673.8M/Wk 12
The Tom Cruise movie was re-released in theaters for fan appreciation weekend in immersive formats and a behind-the-scenes look. Pic is the No. 10 grossing film for Imax with $52M stateside, and counts $102M WW for the large format exhibitor.
4.) Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney) 3,175 (-225) theaters, Fri. $1.4M, Sat $2.2M, Sun $1.6M, 3-day $5.311M (-31%)/Total $325.3M/Wk 6
5. ) Nope (Uni) 2,760 (-256) theaters, Fri $1.58M, Sat $2.2M, Sun $1.54M, 3-day $5.3M (-38%)/Total $107.5M/Wk 4
6.) Minions: Rise of Gru (Uni) 3,068 theaters (-120), Fri $1.4M, Sat $2.1M, Sun $1.44M, 3-day $4.9M (-31%), Total: $343.7M/Wk 7
7.) Where the Crawdads Sings (Sony) 3,164 theaters (-362), Fri $1.2M, Sat $1.6M, Sun $1.2M, 3-day $4M (-29%)/Total $72.1M/Wk 5
8.) Bodies Bodies Bodies (A24) 1,285 (+1,279) theaters, Fri $1.3M, Sat $1M, Sun $877K 3-day $3.25M (+1338%), Total $3.5M/Wk 2
9.) Elvis (WB) 2,211 (-200) Fri $740K, Sat $1M, Sun $785K, 3-day $2.585M (-34%), Total $141.2M/wk 8
10.) Fall (LG) 1,548 theaters, Fri $925K, Sat $888K, Sun $692K, 3-day $2.5M/Wk 1
11.) Easter Sunday (Uni/DW) 3,176 (+1) theaters, Fri $670K, Sat $960K , Sun $770K, 3-day $2.4M (-56%)/Total $9.96M/Wk 2
Laal Singh Chaddha (Par) 516 theaters, Fri $435K, Sat $575K, Sun $460K, 3 day $1.47M, Total $1.78M/Wk 1
Mack & Rita (Grav) 1,930 theaters, Fri $400k, Sat $370K, Sun $325K, 3-day $1.095M/Wk 1
E.T. (Uni) 389 theaters, Fri $490K, Sat $320K, Sun $260K, 3-day $1.07M/Total $483.2M/Wk 1 of re-release