New York – Brad Pitt’s action film “Bullet Train” topped all movies for a second straight weekend in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday, as “Top Gun: Maverick” rocketed back to third place in its 12th week after a quiet spell in theaters and incredible staying power.
A week after launching with $30 million, “Bullet Train” brought in $13.4 million on its second weekend. David Leitch’s $90 million assassin-packed film has grossed $54.4 million in two weeks. The worldwide gross for “Bullet Train” is $114.5 million.
In the past week, three new films have gone into wide release, but none have cracked the top five. During the slowdown in late summer, “Maverick” could make another flyby in theaters. Three months after its release, “Top Gun 2” has gained 3,181 theaters.
The film earned $7.2 million, bringing its cumulative total to $673.8 million. The domestic box office for “Maverick” ranks seventh, not accounting for inflation, just above “Titanic” and just below “Avengers: Infinity War.”
A film like “Top Gun: Maverick” runs for an unusually long time, especially at a time when studios are shrinking their theatrical windows and sending films to streaming services after 45 days. ” Top Gun: Maverick” was beaten by the animated “DC League of Super-Pets” starring Dwayne Johnson in its third week of release, which took in $7.17 million, just ahead of $7.15 million for “Maverick.”
Despite “Top Gun: Maverick” helping theaters recover from the pandemic, August’s thinly scheduled dog days will test the industry’s recovery. In nationwide theaters this weekend, the top new movie was “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” a Gen Z horror comedy that expanded to 1,269 locations from last week’s limited release.
The film earned $3.3 million, which placed it eighth. The film “The Fall,” about two friends trapped atop a 2,000-foot radio tower, debuted with $2.5 million. Just $1 million opened for Diane Keaton’s body-swap comedy “Mack & Rita.”
It was the lowest-selling weekend of the summer in terms of overall ticket sales. Moviegoing is likely to slow further in the next couple of weeks with few new wide releases approaching – including two Idris Elba titles: “Beast” (Aug. 19) and “Three Thousand Years of Longing” (Aug. 26).
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