It was a quiet weekend, with a few fairly wide releases and none doing stellar business at the box office. Instead, we had to turn to old-school leaders to help us with the big ones. by Brad Pitt High-speed train remained at number one with a soft second week, dropping around 55% with an additional $13.4 million in the bank. It’s a solid company for what it is, although I don’t think we expected it to break any records. No, that job falls, once again, to Tom Cruise and Top Gun: Maverick.
The biggest movie of the year so far has been in theaters for 12 weeks now, and in all that time it has easily stayed in the top six. Now it is back in third place with $7.15 million, a 1.6% increase from last week. Seriously, to see any sort of increase in revenue after three months of wide release is pretty amazing. Still Top Gun: Maverick has real endurance. Word of mouth remains extremely enthusiastic and it seems people are returning to the theaters for repeat viewings. Sure, it’s coming out on VOD soon, but it’s a movie that demands as big a screen as possible, and I think viewers are enjoying it. Well done, Paramount. I wonder if this will lead to a boost for the next cruise Impossible mission film.
The two biggest novelties of the weekend did not make gangbusters. The opening at number ten is To fall with $2.5 million from 1,548 theaters. Reviews were mixed, but it also has a small budget, so if this thing attracts even minor numbers overseas, it’s a safe bet for Lionsgate. Things weren’t going so well for comedy Mac and Rita, which debuted at number 12 with just $1.095 million from 1,930 theaters. For comparison, the 2022 reissue of AND the extra-terrestrial made approximately $1.07 million from 389 theaters.
In limited release news: Laal Singh ChaddhaHindi remake of Forrest Gump, grossed $1.47 million in 516 theaters; Aubrey Plaza Criminal Emily took in $668,990 from 473 theaters; the animated musical Inu-oh won $190,524 in 350 locations; and the drama of coming of age Summer grossed $31,317 from 260 theaters.
The coming week sees the release of the thriller Idris Elba against lion The beast.
You can check out the rest of the weekend’s box office here.
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