Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’ Eyeing Weekend Box Office Win

Sony Pictures’ comedy action-thriller Bullet Train features an ensemble cast of assassins, headlined by Brad Pitt, who has been tasked with retrieving a suitcase on a high-speed train heading from Tokyo to Morioka.

The movie, based on the 2010 novel by Japanese author Kotaro Isaka, also stars Sandra Bullock, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Zazie Beetz, among others.

Bullet Train is projected to generate upwards of $30 million across about 4,300 North American screens through Aug. 7 in its debut box office weekend. The tally should be enough to hold off the second weekend of Warner Bros. Animation’s DC League of Super-Pets.

The remaining box office contenders include returning releases such as Universal Pictures’ sci-fi drama Nope, which should top the $100 million mark with another $9.9 million in North American ticket sales since its July 22 theatrical debut.

Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder is projected to add $8.2 million and push its domestic tally past $317 million. Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru may be headed to retail channels, but the Despicable Me spin-off is projected to sell another $7.7 million in tickets, bring its domestic tally past $335 million since its July 1 release.

Paramount Pictures’ unflappable Top Gun: Maverick looks to continue its amazing theatrical run with an estimated $6.8 million in ticket sales, pushing its North American tally past $662 million. The movie has already topped $1.3 billion worldwide.

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Other box office holdovers include Sony 3000 Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Elvis, Universal Pictures’ The Black Phone and the studio’s newcomer comedy Easter Sunday, featuring a Filipino American cast.

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