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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Warner’s ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ Tops Weekend Box Office with $23 Million Debut

Warner Bros. Animation’s DC League of Super-Pets performed as expected, generating an estimated $23 million in revenue across more than 4,300 North American screens to top the weekend box office through July 31.

The movie, featuring a voice cast led by Dwayne Johnson, held off last weekend’s theatrical champion, Nope, which generated about $18.8 million, bringing director Jordan Peele’s sci-fi drama $80 million in revenue after two weekends.

With a solid ‘A-‘ CinemaScore rating and scant new competition in the coming weeks, Super-Pets could indeed meet its steep $90 million production budget.

Rounding out the podium was Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder, which realized more than $13 million in ticket sales to bring its domestic four-week total past $301 million, $624 million worldwide.

Universal/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru finished No. 4, adding a projected $10.8 million in ticket sales to bring its domestic total past $320 million ($710 million globally) after five weekends.

Warner Bros. Banking on Animated ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ to Top Weekend Box Office

In a summer of animation movies at the box office, Warner Bros. Pictures is adding to the fray with the theatrical release of DC League of Super-Pets — the third major animated movie to hit the big screen in July after Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru and Paramount Pictures’ Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank.

“Super-Pets” is directed by first-time helmer Jared Stern and features the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Olivia Wilde, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz, and Keanu Reeves, among others.

The movie is expected to generate upwards of $30 million in ticket sales through the three-day weekend ending July 31. The movie generated $2.2 million in revenue in Thursday screenings. That should be enough to pass the second week release of Universal Pictures’ sci-fi drama Nope from director Jordan Peele. That film is projected to sell $20 million worth of tickets, bringing its North American revenue haul past $82 million.

Other box office holdovers include “Minions,” which is projected to sell more than $10 million worth of tickets, bringing its North American tally past $319 million. Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder with $13.5 million ($302.7 million total), and Paramount’s enduring Top Gun: Maverick at $9 million. The Tom Cruise actioner is set to pass $650 million at the North American box office — edging closer to the original Jurassic World, the No. 8 all-time top-grossing domestic movie with $652.2 million in revenue.

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Universal Pictures’ ‘Nope’ Follows Script With $44 Million Opening Box Office Weekend

Universal Pictures’ sci-fi thriller Nope, from director Jordan Peele, lived up to expectations, generating an estimated $44 million across more than 3,700 North American screens through July 24.

The movie about Hollywood brother/sister stunt performers (played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) who are menaced by a UFO, among other challenges, marks Peele’s third No. 1 theatrical opening following his breakout hit Get Out in 2017 (also starring Kaluuya) and 2019’s Us.

With that success come rising production budgets and tougher profit margins for the Universal. Get Out and Us had reported production budgets of $4.5 million and $20 million, respectively, while Nope had a production budget of $68 million.

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Meanwhile, Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder added $22.1 million in the No. 2 spot to send the superhero movie’s global revenue past $600 million mark after three weeks of release. Universal/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru generated another $17.7 million in ticket sales in No. 3 to bring its global haul past $640 million after four weeks.

Rounding out the top five were Sony 3000 Pictures’ drama Where the Crawdads Sing with $10.3 million, to bring its 10-day theatrical tally past $38 million. Finally, Paramount Pictures’ unwavering Top Gun: Maverick saw its North American ticket sales top $635 million and $1.28 billion globally.

Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ Looks to Top Superheroes and Minions at Weekend Box Office

Following weeks of superheroes and animated mischief at the box office, Universal Pictures is launching the theatrical debut of Jordan Peele’s sci-fi thriller Nope, headlined by the director’s 2017 breakout movie (Get Out) star Daniel Kaluuya.

The film, about caretakers at a California horse ranch who encounter a mysterious force that affects human and animal behavior, has generated an 82% Rotten Tomatoes score among more than 100 online critics. Industry estimates see the movie generating from $40 million to $50 million in three-day ticket sales across North American screens through July 24.

That should be enough to hold off returning box office toppers Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder ($20 million), Universal/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru ($18.5 million), Sony 3000 Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing ($9.6 million), and Paramount Pictures’ enduring overall (to-date) 2022 box office leader Top Gun: Maverick ($9.3 million).

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‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Tops Second Box Office Weekend Despite 68% Drop in Revenue

Disney/Marvel Studios’ latest superhero movie Thor: Love and Thunder generated a projected $46 million across more than 4,300 North American screens to easily hold onto the domestic weekend box office throne through July 17. The tally also marked a 68% drop in ticket sales from the previous-weekend’s premiere for the fourth “Thor” movie featuring Chris Hemsworth in the title role, a trend underscoring Marvel’s stronger opening weekend appeal among moviegoers. The movie has generated about $232 million after 10 days at the box office.

Universal Pictures/Illumination’s latest “Despeicable Me” movie Minions: The Rise of Gru, finished No. 2 for the weekend with a projected $26 million in revenue across more than 4,000 screens. Minions has grossed $262 million after three weeks of release.

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Sony Pictures 3000’s Where the Crawdads Sing impressed in its box office debut, generated an estimated $17 million across more than 3,600 screens.

Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon’s Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank generated just $6.3 million across more than 3,400 screens. The result suggests the $10 million production budget movie will be streaming on Paramount+ sooner than expected.

Meanwhile, Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick remains a theatrical hit, generating $12 million across almost 3,300 screens. The projected tally would up the movie’s North American haul to $617 million after eight weeks of release. The Tom Cruise sequel’s ongoing appeal among moviegoers suggests the title will shortly enter the top 10 grossing North American movies, overtaking Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($620 million) and The Avengers ($623 million).

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Elvis biopic finished in the top five, generating $7.6 million in ticket sales across more than from 3,300 screens. The movie, featuring Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as the performer’s overbearing manager Colonel Tom Parker, has generated $106 million in North American revenue.

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Looks to Retain Weekend Box Office Supremacy

Following a strong theatrical debut, Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder looks to remain atop the North American box office with a projected $50 million in ticket sales across more than 4,300 screens through July 17. The superhero actioner generated $144.2 million in its opening July 10 weekend.

While the weekend eyes two new releases, Sony Pictures 3000’s Where the Crawdads Sing with $16.2 million in estimated opening weekend revenue, and Paramount Pictures’ animated family sequel Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank ($7.5 million), the titles are not expected to beat Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru with another $25.8 million in projected ticket sales since its July 1 debut. The movie is expected to up its North American revenue to $264.3 million through the weekend.

Where the Crawdads Sing generated a promising $2.3 million in Thursday preview screenings. In the U.K., Sony and the British Association for Screen Entertainment collaborated for a special marketing video featuring lead star Daisy Edgar-Jones.

Meanwhile, Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick shows no signs of exiting the theatrical channel, and is projected to generate another $12.6 million in revenue, upping its North American haul past $618 million.

Finally, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Elvis is projected to add $7.9 million in ticket sales, upping it domestic haul past $107 million.

Marvel’s ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Smashes to $143 Million Opening Weekend Box Office

Disney/Marvel Studios’ latest superhero movie, Thor: Love and Thunder, almost lived up to its industry hype, generating $143 million in revenue across almost 4.400 North American screens the July 8-10 weekend.

Entering the July 10 weekend, the fourth “Thor” movie featuring Chris Hemsworth in the title role was projected to generate $150 million in ticket sales. Love and Thunder added $159 million across 47 countries to bring its global tally past $302 million.

The tally surpassed 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok at $123 million and is the third biggest domestic opening in 2022 behind Jurassic World: Dominion ($145 million) and Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($185 million).

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Universal Pictures/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru generated $45.5 million to No. 2 on the weekend, down almost 60% from its opening weekend haul. The fifth “Despicable Me” movie has topped $210 million in North American ticket sales since its debut.

Paramount Pictures’ actioner Top Gun: Maverick, added another $15.5 million to round out the box office podium after nearly two months of release. Tom Cruise’s biggest theatrical release has generated more than $1.1 billion worldwide.

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Biggest July 4 Weekend Box Office Opener Ever

Universal Pictures/Illumination’s animated sequel Minions: The Rise of Gru generated an estimated domestic gross of $127.9 million over the Fourth of July weekend, shattering the previous record of $115.9 million set over the same four-day period in 2011.

Paramount Pictures’ enduring fighter jet sequel Top Gun: Maverick continued to resonate among moviegoers, generating another strong $33 million in ticket sales across more than 3,800 screens. The Tom Cruise actioner remains the highest-grossing North American release in 2022 with almost $570 million in revenue after six weeks of release, $1.1 billion globally.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ biopic Elvis filled out the slate with $23.5 million in revenue across more than 3,900 screens. The Baz Luhrmann-directed movie stars Austin Butler as the King of Rock & Roll and has generated $71 million in domestic ticket sales, $118 million globally.

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Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Dominion earned $19.7 million during the weekend. The sixth movie in the dinosaur franchise has generated more than $335 million at North American screens, and more than $831 million worldwide.

The studio’s Blumhouse horror movie, The Black Phone, featuring Ethan Hawke, added more than $14 million in revenue through July 4, to bring its North American tally near $50 million. Globally, the film has now brought in an estimated $77 million in ticket sales.

Finally, Disney/Pixar Animation’s Lightyear generated an estimated $7.7 million across 3,800 screens. The “Toy Story” spin-off looked to top $106 million after three weeks of release, and $188 million worldwide.

‘Elvis’ Nips ‘Maverick’ at Weekend Box Office as ‘Top Gun’ Sequel Passes $1 Billion in Global Revenue

Warner Bros. Pictures’ biopic Elvis took in $31.1 million at the box office its opening weekend — about $1 million ahead of Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick, which took in $29.6 million and has been in theaters for an entire month.

The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun is lead actor Tom Cruise’s biggest-grossing movie across a 40-year career, with a total global take that this weekend surpassed $1 billion.

Meanwhile, Elvis, from director Baz Luhrman, surpassed Warner’s estimates, underscoring the enduring consumer demand for anything related to Elvis Presley. The film stars Austin Butler as the “king” of rock ‘n’ roll and Tom Hanks as his overbearing manager, Col. Tom Parker.

Filling out the box office podium is Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Dominion, the sixth movie in the dinosaur franchise, which generated about $26.4 million in ticket sales to finish the weekend at No. 3. The tally brings the film’s total North American take to $300 million, while globally the film has generated $747 million in ticket sales since its June 1 debut.

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Another new film that opened this past weekend, the Universal/Blumhouse horror film The Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke, generated an estimated $23.3 million in ticket sales across more than 3,000 screens — topping expectations and suggesting that the post-pandemic box office can, in fact, handle more than one or two major releases at the same time.

Finally, Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear generated $17.7 million in revenue to bring the Toy Story spin-off movie’s North American revenue total to $88 million, and $152.4 million worldwide.