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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