Bullet Train stays in the station but keeps the lead at the U.S. box office
Sony Studios’ Bullet Train continues to lead the North American box office in its second week of release, according to estimates on Sunday, August 14, by Exhibitor Relations.
An adaptation of a best-selling Japanese novel, the film features seven murderers, more or less pursued by bad luck, who try to kill each other on a high-speed train between Tokyo and Kyoto.
Bullet Train is the last blockbuster scheduled for the summer; the film that stars Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson or Sandra Bullock, has recorded $13.4 million in revenue for its second weekend in theaters, half less than last week but still almost double compared to the second place, Crypto and the super-animals.
The animated film, with the voices of several stars, such as Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, follows the adventures of Crypto, Superman’s dog, who must fly to the rescue of the superhero along with other four-legged characters. It earned 7.2 million USD in revenue.
In third place, Top Gun: Maverick bounced back three places after 12 weeks in North American theaters and followed “Krypto” with $7.1 million.
Thirty-six years later, the sequel to Top Gun was hailed by the critics. Tom Cruise still plays the US Navy test pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, now a captain, who must train younger pilots to bomb a rogue country’s uranium enrichment plant.
Next in fourth place was “Thor: Love and Thunder,” the latest installment in the saga of the hammer-wielding Norse God played by Chris Hemsworth, accompanied by Natalie Portman and Christian Bale. The Marvel film collected 5.3 million for its sixth week of exploitation.
Director Jordan Peele’s unclassifiable Nope, which veers between horror and sci-fi, placed fifth with 5.3 million USD in its fourth week of release.
Oscar-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya plays a horse trainer frightened by the appearance of mysterious phenomena in the sky over his ranch. But he and his sister (Keke Palmer) are torn between fear and the desire to achieve fame by capturing these scenes for social networks.
Gradually, releases are returning to an average pace since the coronavirus pandemic plagued the movie business, but the schedule remains relatively “light,” according to Franchise Entertainment Research’s box office newsletter.
“There’s no doubt that the box office would be bigger with more movies coming out of the studios,” it says.
Here are the rest of the Top 10:
6 – The Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru ($4.9 million)
7 – Where the Crayfish Sing ($4 million)
8 – Bodies Bodies Bodies (3.3 million)
9 – Elvis (2.6 million)
10 – Fall (2.5 million)