August 5, 2022
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.
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.