Slowing Summer Slate Opens Door for ‘Beast,’ ‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’ Movie Debuts

With no major tentpole movie summer releases on the slate, August continues to offer a showcase for alternative theatrical fare, including Universal Pictures’ new action-adventure Beast, starring Idris Elba, and Sony Pictures/Crunchyroll’s animated Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.

Crunchyroll has enjoyed a successful theatrical run with the March release of Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie, which opened with $17.7 million in North American ticket sales. The anime distributor’s 2019 release Dragon Ball Super: Broly opened with $20.2 million.

Sony is reportedly projecting around a $13 million opening for Super Hero through Aug. 21. That should be enough to top the estimated $10 million for the 93-minute Beast, which finds Elba and his movie daughters fending off wild animals while out on a safari trip.

Rounding out the podium is Sony’s Bullet Train, which finds the Brad Pitt comedy actioner tracking for an additional $7.6 million in ticket sales, to bring its North American haul past $68 million; $125 million worldwide.

Paramount Pictures’ unstoppable Top Gun: Maverick is on track to sell another $5.9 million worth of tickets as Tom Cruise’s 2022 box office champion looks to pass $683 million at North American theaters.

Other holdovers include Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC League of Super-Pets ($4.9 million), Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder ($3.7 million), Universal’s Nope ($3.6 million) and Minions: The Rise of Gru with $3.5 million.