Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’ Tops Slow Weekend Box Office With $13.1 Million in Ticket Sales

Sony Pictures’ action-comedy Bullet Train generated another $13.1 million in projected revenue to easily top a slow weekend box office through Aug. 14. The Brad Pitt-starrer has now generated more than $54 million across almost 4,400 North American screens over the past two weekends.

The movie was the only theatrical release to top $10 million in revenue as the summer box office grinds to a halt. It was the slowest theatrical result since the Feb. 11-13 weekend when 20th Century Studios’ Death on the Nile generated less than $13 million in ticket sales as the No. 1 release.

In the No. 2 spot was Paramount Pictures’ enduring Top Gun: Maverick, which generated another $7.1 million in ticket sales in its 12th weekend of release. The Tom Cruise sequel has now generated more than $673 million at the North American box office — and approaching No. 6 on the all-time North American box office gross list.

Rounding out the podium was Warner Bros. Animation’s DC League of Super-Pets, which generated about $7 million to bring its three-week tally to $58.3 million, $100 million worldwide.

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Sole newcomer at the box office: Lionsgate’s Fall took in an estimated $2.5 million this weekend at 1,548 locations. The opening weekend audience was 54% male and 61% over 25, according to PostTrak.  The film took in an estimated $925,000 on Friday (with previews), $888,000 on Saturday and a projected $692,000 for Sunday.

The drama finds best friends Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner) attempting to conquer fears and push limits. But after they climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they find themselves stranded with no way down. Now Becky and Hunter’s expert climbing skills are put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights. The film is directed by Scott Mann, written by Scott Mann & Jonathan Frank, and produced by Christian Mercuri, James Harris, Mark Lane, Scott Mann and David Haring.

Sony Pictures’ ‘Bullet Train’ Seeks to Halt Summer Movie Slowdown

As the summer box office approaches the mid-August slowdown, Sony Pictures’ action-comedy Bullet Train, headlined by Brad Pitt, seeks to avoid the lull with a projected $13 million in second-weekend ticket sales through Aug. 14. The movie topped the previous weekend’s box office with more than $30 million in ticket sales.

The tally should be enough to hold off a slate of returning studio titles and first-time smaller features. Warner Bros. Animation’s DC League of Super-Pets is expected to generate $8.3 million in its third weekend of release — just ahead of Paramount Pictures enduring Top Gun: Maverick, which is set to add a projected $6.8 million in revenue from a return to Imax and other high-definition projection screens.

The Tom Cruise actioner continues to defy norms, extending its theatrical window indefinitely en route to a $674 million North American box office, and $1.35 billion globally.

Weekend newcomers include A24’s Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, which is projected to generate about $4 million in revenue following last weekend’s soft launch.

Remaining holdovers include Universal Pictures’ Nope with $6.2 million in projected ticket sales ($103.8 million domestically), Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder with $5.7 million ($326 million domestically), Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru ($5.6 million/$345 million), Sony 3000 Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing ($3.9 million/$72 million), Universal’s Easter Sunday ($3 million/$10 million), and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Elvis with $2.7 million and $141.5 million in North America.

Notably, Elvis is also available for PVOD rental and digital purchase across online platforms — underscoring parent Warner Bros. Discovery’s new business mandate extending the theatrical window concurrent with any digital retail offering.

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Sony Pictures’ ‘Bullet Train’ Speeds to $30.1 Million Opening Weekend Box Office

Sony Pictures’ Bullet Train is projected to reach $30.1 million in revenue in its opening weekend box office through Aug. 7. With a reported $90 million production budget, the Brad Pitt actioner has miles of rails to cover to make profit. No small task considering the movie’s relatively low 41% Rotten Tomatoes ratings score.

Regardless, the tally appears good enough to hold off Warner Bros. Animation’s DC League of Super-Pets, which generated an estimated $10.9 million in ticket sales in its second weekend, to top $45 million across North American screens.

Universal Pictures’ sci-fi drama Nope rounded out the podium with an additional $8.5 million in projected ticket sales. The revenue moves director Jordan Peele’s thriller near the $100 million in North American ticket sales.

Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder generated an estimated $7.6 million to bring the superhero actioner past $315 million in domestic ticket sales. Universal/Illumination’s Minions: Rise of Gru sold an estimated $7.1 million worth of tickets to bring its North American gross near $335 million. A significant sum considering the movie has been available on digital retail channels for $19.99 rental and $29.99 purchase since Aug. 2.

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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.

The Lost City

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Paramount;
Comedy;
Box Office $105.34 million;
$27.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $38.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violence and some bloody images, suggestive material, partial nudity and language.
Stars Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Bowen Yang, Joan Pringle, Brad Pitt.

Deftly blending comedy and action, The Lost City is a charming adventure that coasts on the charisma of its cast.

The story comes across like an update of Romancing the Stone with a bit of The Three Amigos thrown in. Sandra Bullock plays reclusive romance novelist Loretta Sage, whose latest novel catches the attention of a billionaire named Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), who is searching for the treasure that served as the basis for her book. He kidnaps her and puts her to the task of finding the treasure by deciphering clues from the ruins of an ancient city that he dug up on a remote island.

Her disappearance prompts Alan (Channing Tatum), the dimwitted cover model for her book series, to try to rescue her by hiring a mercenary (Brad Pitt). When the rescue goes awry, Loretta finds herself stuck with Alan running through the jungle hoping to find a way home, while Fairfax continues to pursue her, intent on fining the treasure before a nearby volcano wipes everything out.

The plot takes some unexpected twists and turns as it plays with the tropes of treasure hunt movies. The film looks great as well, with its jungle vistas, volcano backdrop and a snappy color palette centered on Loretta’s shiny purple sequined jumpsuit.

The Blu-ray includes nine minutes of deleted scenes, the bulk of which involve a whole subplot for one of the film’s minor characters.

Also included are nearly 40 minutes of solid behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a five-and-a-half-minute blooper reel.

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Apple Lands Formula One Feature Starring Brad Pitt

Apple Studios has landed a Formula One racing feature from Joseph Kosinski, Plan B Entertainment and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, starring Brad Pitt.

Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick) is set to direct and will produce the feature alongside seven-time Formula One champion Sir Lewis Hamilton, Plan B Entertainment (World War Z), Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman of Jerry Bruckheimer Films (Top Gun: Maverick, “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise).

In the film, Pitt stars as a driver who comes out of retirement to compete alongside a rookie driver against the titans of the sport.

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This marks Apple Studios’ second feature with Pitt and Plan B Entertainment, who are partnering, along with George Clooney’s Smokehouse, on the Jon Watts-directed untitled film starring Pitt and Clooney.

‘Inglourious Basterds’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD Oct. 12

Quentin Tarantino’s World War II revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds will come out on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital Oct. 12 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film starring Brad Pitt, as war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.

Bonus content includes extended and alternate scenes; a roundtable discussion with Tarantino, Pitt and Elvis Mitchell; a  The New York Times Talk; the original short “Nation’s Pride”; “The Making of Nation’s Pride”; “The Original Inglourious Basterds”; and “A Conversation with Rod Taylor.”

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

BLU-RAY REVIEW:  

Sony Pictures;
Comedy;
Box Office $141.06 million;
$30.99 DVD, $38.99 Blu-ray, $45.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for language throughout, some strong graphic violence, drug use, and sexual references.
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Julia Butters, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Mike Moh, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Al Pacino, Nicholas Hammond.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t so much a film as it is a time machine that transports the audience back to 1969, allowing the viewer to swim in the atmosphere and flavor of the era.

The movie is Tarantino’s love letter to the movies and TV shows he grew up with, providing a vast canvas for him to relish in his specialties of memorable characters, rich background detail, and an indelible soundtrack of period-specific songs.

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The story is a tale of contrasting Hollywood paths. On one road is former television Western star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), a borderline has-been looking to hold onto his fame by taking guest spots as the bad guy in the popular shows of the day, when he’s not too drunk to remember his lines.

Dalton is accompanied everywhere by his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who’s even more down on his luck but gets by on a come-what-may attitude despite a shady past that has led to Rick being the only one willing to employ him.

On the flip side is Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), the up-and-coming starlet giddy over seeing her name on the movie marquee.

And in between them is the Manson family, which gives the film some historical context, grounding it in both a sense of dread and morbid fascination. Of course, anyone familiar with Tarantino’s previous efforts in historical fiction will understand where the real clash of this story is headed.

But as could be expected with Tarantino at the helm, the film transcends the bounds of story to give viewers the experience of living in the fantasy of 1960s Hollywood. A mix of parody and homage, the film is so beautifully shot and faithful to the styles of the time that it just feels like watching a memory — or at the very least, a dream of how things could have been.

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In typical Tarantino fashion, the overarching story isn’t so much the point as the individual scenes that comprise it, offering unforgettable bits of dialogue and character interactions, from Rick being reduced to tears by his 8-year-old co-star, to Rick and Cliff providing a running commentary watching an episode of “FBI.”

Even more of Tarantino’s Hollywood is offered up in the Blu-ray bonus materials, which feature more than 20 minutes of additional scenes, from expansions of scenes already in the movie to faux commercials for some of the products prominently featured.

Also included are five behind-the-scenes featurettes totaling more than a half-hour that detail the intricate re-creation of the period.

 

Brad Pitt’s ‘Ad Astra’ Gets Home Release Dates

Twentieth Century Fox, now a division of the Walt Disney Co., has set home release dates for Ad Astra, the science-fiction movie starring Brad Pitt that grossed just under $50 million at the domestic box office.

The film will be released digitally on Dec. 3, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Dec. 17.

Pitt portrays astronaut Roy McBride, who springs into action when a mysterious life-threatening event strikes earth. He embarks on a dangerous mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones) and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

Extras on the Blu-ray Disc include two deleted scenes, with an optional audio commentary from director, producer and writer James Gray, and several featurettes, including a making-of documentary and a look at the crew of the Cepheus.

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An audio commentary from Gray is available on the Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD version only.

The digital version comes with a look at the special effects.

Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Gets Home Release Dates for Digital, DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, the summer theatrical blockbuster Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, will be released to home audiences digitally Nov. 26 and on disc two weeks later, on Dec. 10.

Disc versions will be available in the DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD formats from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, set in Hollywood in 1969, reimagines the Manson murders that shocked the city that year. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as actor Rick Dalton and his longtime friend and stuntman Cliff Booth, with Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate.

In the film, Dalton and Booth make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The cast also includes Julia Butters, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Luke Perry, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern and Al Pacino — and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

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The film earned $140.4 million in U.S. theaters, and was the highest opening weekend of Tarantino’s career at $41 milion. It has been Certified Fresh by RottenTomatoes.com.

The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases come with more than 20 additional minutes of footage that delves deeper into world of Rick Dalton’s Hollywood. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and digital include an additional behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production design, cinematography, costume design, cars and more.

Also due Dec. 10 is a limited 4K Ultra HD collector’s edition with a 7-inch vinyl record with two of the soundtrack’s 1960s hits,  a poster for the fictitious Rick Dalton film Operazione Dyn-o-mite!, and an exclusive mini-edition of a Mad Magazine parody of the Rick Dalton TV series “Bounty Law,” called “Lousy Law.” The collector’s edition may be ordered beginning Oct. 28 from Amazon.com, Walmart.com, BestBuy.com and Target.com.

The Blu-ray Disc release comes with several retailer-exclusive extras, including “Rick Dalton” movie poster cards from Walmart, a vintage-style film magazine with over 26 never-before-seen production photos at Target, and a Steelbook available at Best Buy. All exclusive offerings also may be ordered beginning Oct. 28.