Sony’s ‘Bullet Train’ makes tracks for end of summer movie season (NYSE:SONY)

The blockbuster movie season is planting its last flag of 2022 this weekend, with a big star-led movie opening before the back-to-school season ushers in a series of quieter releases.

This film is from Sony (NYSE: SONY) High-speed train, with Brad Pitt with a set of games in an action adventure involving a handful of assassins pursuing a goal on a high-speed train.

The film grossed $4.6 million in Thursday previews, and with opening in more than 4,300 theaters nationwide, it’s likely to lead the way this weekend with a debut in the 30 million range. dollars — then to hope for a long, healthy run, at a reported $90 million production cost (not to mention marketing).

It confronts the light family comedy Easter Sunday (NASDAQ: CMCSA), with comedian Jo Koy and slasher comedy A24 Body Body Body.

But none of these movies are likely to top last week’s leader, DC League of Super Pets (WBD) – which, if it loses 50% of opening weekend business, should still land between $11-12 million. And Jordan Peele Nope (CMCSA) is still there after last weekend’s $18.6 million take, as is Thor: Love and Thunder (DIS), which pulled in $13.2 million in its fourth weekend.

Either way, with the release schedule winding down, it’s likely to be the biggest weekend at the movies for at least several weeks. Taking advantage of a relatively optimistic summer of cinema, industry exhibitors: AMC Entertainment (New York Stock Exchange: AMC); Cineworld (OTCPK: CNNWF); Cinemark (NYSE: CNK); (IMAX); Marcus (MCS); Reading International (RDI); Cineplex (OTCPK:CPXGF); National Cine Media (NCMI).

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