It was a flash back to the start of 2022 at the box office this weekend as Spider-Man: No Way Home topped the Labor Day weekend. The Sony/Marvel superhero film re-released over the slow weekend and ended up claiming the top spot with a $6 million three-day take and a projected $7.6 million through Monday. That marks the film’s first time in the top 10 since the second weekend in April.
Sony took advantage of the barren landscape for new releases this weekend to throw No Way Home into 3,935 theaters, and it obviously paid off. It should also be noted that Saturday was National Cinema Day, where participating theaters including AMC and Regal Cinemas had screenings all day for $3. This allowed many films to have really good holds this weekend.
No Way Home added not only the $7.6 million domestically, but also $2.6 million internationally for a $10.2 million worldwide take for the frame. That brings the film’s totals to $812.4 million domestically in total and $1.911 million worldwide.
Coming in at #2 was – you guessed it – Top Gun: Maverick. The runaway hit of the summer added $5.5 million through Sunday (up 16.5% from last weekend) and a projected $7 million through Monday. Maverick now has $700.3 million domestically and $1.441 billion worldwide, pushing it above Black Panther to become the #5 domestic grosser of all time. Worldwide it stands at #12 and will likely move up to #11, which is currently held by Frozen II at $1.445 billion. At this point, Maverick looks likely to close out at around $715 million or so, and of course it’s a huge hit. The budget was $170 million.
DC League of Super-Pets saw a major boost as it became the family choice du jour at cinemas. The DC animated film was up 32% in its sixth weekend to $5.5 million through Sunday and $7 million through Monday, bringing its totals to $82.3 million domestically and $161 million worldwide. It still has a little ways to go in order to make back its $90 million budget plus marketing, but it does have a shot at it now. It should be able to end its run at around $90 million or a bit more domestically, pretty good considering its relatively low start.
Bullet Train was down just 4% in its fifth weekend, as the Brad Pitt-led action film scored up $5.4 million through Sunday and $6.8 million through Monday. The Sony film is now looking like it will perhaps make a small profit, with $87.3 million domestically and $196.8 million worldwide against an $80 million budget. It should close out its stateside run with around $100 million domestically.
The Invitation led the weekend last frame, albeit with a low start, and it took advantage of this weekend’s low holds. Sony’s horror film brought in $4.7 million through Sunday (down 31%) and a projected $5.8 million through Monday. While that is a solid hold and Sony will be happy with it, it’s the second-largest drop in the top 10 this weekend. The movie has totaled $14.8 million domestically and $18.3 million worldwide thus far, which doesn’t sound great at first glance. But considering it only cost $10 million and P&A weren’t costly here, it should be a profitable venture. The domestic total should be around $22 million to $25 million.
Beast was down 26% over the three-day frame in its third weekend, tallying $3.6 million through Sunday and a projected $4.3 million through Monday. The Idris Elba-led film is fighting its way to financial health, with $26.1 million domestically and $46.5 million worldwide against a $36 million production budget. It should end up around $32 million domestically.
Minions: Rise of Gru climbed 16% from last weekend, bringing in $3.1 million in its ninth weekend (and $3.9 million through Monday). The spinoff sequel is up to $359.6 million domestically and $891 million worldwide. It is likely to stop at around $368 million domestically and is a huge hit for Universal Pictures against an $80 million budget.
Thor: Love & Thunder was off just 8% in its ninth weekend with $2.4 million through Sunday and $3 million through Monday. The MCU film is now at $340.5 million domestically and $750.8 million worldwide against a $250 million budget. Count this as another hit for Marvel; it should end its domestic run around $347 million.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero had the biggest drop of the top 10 as expected, though even it benefitted from National Cinema Day with a fall of 49% to $2.4 million through Sunday and $2.8 million through Monday. The anime film is an easy hit for Crunchyroll with $34.9 million domestically and $77.1 million worldwide. It should be able to end its run at around $38 million stateside, perhaps a little more.
Coming in at #10 was another re-release as Jaws bit its way into theaters. The aquatic thriller grossed $2.3 million through Sunday and $2.7 million through Monday. Jaws has been re-released many times (four now to be specific), mostly recently in June and July of 2020 when theaters were looking for old content to throw up on screens to stay open. It has now grossed a total (between all re-releases) of $263.5 million domestically and $474.1 million worldwide.
Next weekend will see the return of new releases to theaters as 20th Century Studio unveils Barbarian. The horror film is likely to lead the box office with around $8 million to $10 million. Also releasing wide is the Hindi-language action fantasy Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva which, if it follows previous Indian films in the domestic box office, should be in the low- to mid-single digits.
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Four-Day Domestic Numbers)
1. Spider-Man: No Way Home – $7.6 million ($812.4 million total, $1.911 billion WW)
2. Top Gun: Maverick – $7 million ($700.3 million total, $1.441 billion WW)
3. DC League of Super-Pets – $7 million ($82.3 million total, $161 million WW)
4. Bullet Train – $6.8 million ($87.3 million total, $196.8 million WW)
5. The Invitation – $5.8 million ($14.8 million total, $18.3 million total WW)
6. Beast – $4.3 million ($26.1 million total, $46.5 million WW)
7. Minions: The Rise of Gru – $3.8 million ($359.6 million total, $891 million WW)
8. Thor: Love & Thunder – $3 million ($340.5 million total, $750.9 million WW)
9. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero – $2.8 million ($34.9 million total, $77.1 million WW)
10. Jaws – $2.7 million ($263.5 million total, $474.1 million WW)