LOS ANGELES, United States — Sony’s “Bullet
Train” held the top spot for the second week running in the North American box
office, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations estimated Sunday during a
relatively flat mid-August period of movie-going.
As the last major studio release of the summer, the
action thriller starring Brad Pitt pulled in $13.4 million, less than half its
take the previous week but still nearly doubling up on its closest competitor.
Pitt, who plays a professional assassin on a
Japanese train seemingly loaded with them, heads a cast that includes Joey
King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Latin music star Bad Bunny, as well as Sandra
Bullock and Channing Tatum in bit roles.
Holding second spot
was former number one “DC League of Super-Pets,” Warner Bros.’ animated film
which pairs the likes of Superman and other action heroes with furry partners.
It earned $7.2 million.
Jumping back up three spots to third was “Top Gun:
Maverick,” Paramount’s long-awaited — and extremely popular — Tom Cruise
sequel. It pulled in $7.1 million, for an eye-popping $674 million in North
American ticket sales over the past 12 weeks.
Fourth spot went to Disney’s action comedy “Thor:
Love and Thunder,” at $5.3 million. It stars Chris Hemsworth as the
uber-muscular space Viking, who pines for his ex-girlfriend (Natalie Portman).
It has now eclipsed $325 million over six weeks.
Following closely in fifth was Universal’s “Nope,”
also at $5.3 million. The sci-fi/horror flick, boosted by the involvement of
popular writer/director Jordan Peele, stars Daniel Kaluuya.
releases are gradually getting back on track since the coronavirus pandemic
hammered the industry, but the schedule remains relatively “thin,” according to
Franchise Entertainment Research’s box office newsletter.
“There’s no question, the total box office would be
bigger with more studio releases,” it said.
Rounding out the
weekend’s top 10 were:
• “Minions: The Rise of Gru”
• “Where the Crawdads Sing”
• “Bodies Bodies Bodies”
• “Elvis” ($2.6 million)
• “Fall” ($2.5 million)
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