Sony’s “Bullet Train” left the station, grossing $4.6 million at the domestic box office in Thursday night previews.
With star Brad Pitt in the conductor’s chair, “Bullet Train” hopes to hit the weekend with a gross of $30 million and a No. 1 spot at the box office. Sony spent $90 million to produce the high-octane action flick, along with millions more on marketing, so “Bullet Train” will have to keep punching tickets all summer long for justify its price.
From David Leitch, the director-producer behind action-packed films like ‘John Wick’, ‘Atomic Blonde’, ‘Deadpool 2’, ‘Nobody’ and ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw’, ‘Bullet Train’ follows an assassin named Ladybug (Pitt) who faces a deadly team of killers aboard a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto. The cast of ruthless mercenaries includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon, Sandra Bullock and Benito A. Martínez Ocasio, aka Bad Bunny.
“Bullet Train” is aimed at grown men, which hit theaters with a bang, but they mostly went for the latest superhero movie (like “Thor: Love and Thunder” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” ) or sequels (like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Jurassic World: Dominion”).
This weekend will be a good test of the public’s willingness to try original dishes. Along with “Bullet Train,” Universal’s comedy “Easter Sunday,” starring Jo Koy, is targeting a $5-7 million opening in its first weekend. A24’s teen slasher “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” starring Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Lee Pace and Pete Davidson, is also getting a limited release in New York and Los Angeles.