by David Leitch High-speed train walked out of the station with $4.6 million in Thursday previews. Screenings of Sony’s action motion began at 3 p.m.
Brad Pitt leads an all-star cast in this story of a wandering assassin on a Japanese bullet train. Other names on the marquee include Joey King, Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon and Sandra Bullock.
Sony, which has waged an aggressive marketing campaign in hopes of generating interest, is eyeing a nationwide launch of around $30 million. Critics haven’t exactly embraced High-speed trainwhich currently holds a 53% review score on Rotten Tomatoes.
High-speed train is the latest big studio deal of the summer, putting increased pressure on the film’s performance. Typically, the summer box office season lasts until Labor Day, but pandemic delays continue and studios are seeing some of their movies delayed in post-production.
The other novelty of the weekend is the comedy of Jay Chandrasekhar Easter Sundaystarring Jo Koy as a struggling actor and comedian who attends a rowdy dinner party with his Filipino family.
Jimmy O. Yang, Tia Carrere, Brandon Wardell, Eva Noblezada, Lydia Gaston, Asif Ali, Rodney To, Tiffany Haddish and Lou Diamond Phillips star in the Universal film. Easter Sunday grossed $500,000 in previews starting at 5 p.m. for a projected single-digit weekend.