Sony’s Bullet Train ended the summer tentpole season with a moderate bang. The David Leitch-directed, Brad Pitt-starring R-rated action comedy earned $30. 1 million in its domestic debut and $32. 4 million overseas for a $62. 525 million global opening weekend. Even with mixed-negative reviews plus a (frankly indecisive) B+ Cinemascore grade, the film had all the elements for a breakout non-franchise theatrical. It had an all-star cast (Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Andrew Koji, Brian Tyree Henry, the cameoing Sandra Bullock and more), a marquee director (Leitch co-directed John Wick and then helmed Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2 plus Hobbs & Shaw ), the strong high concept (colorful assassins try to kill each other on a speeding bullet train), okay reviews (even the pans assured consumers that the movie delivered on the marketing) and the promise of cinematic escapism.

Brad Pitt’s Bullet Train opening on par with Sandra Bullock’s The Lost City ($30 million in late March) is essentially ‘good enough. ’ Pitt does not go full-movie star in a film like this, especially without a high-profile costar, all that often. They can’t all be Mr. And Mrs. Smith ($50 million in 2005 alongside Angelina Jolie) or Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood ($41 million in 2019 alongside Leonardo DiCaprio). Positioning as the last biggie associated with the summer should allow for longer legs regardless of whether audiences love it ( The Fugitive, The Bourne Ultimatum ), like it ( S. W. A. T., The particular Hitman’s Bodyguard ) or just tolerate this ( Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , Suicide Squad ). Plus since there’s nothing else “big” opening until mid-September, I’m still expecting a $100 million-plus household finish for the $90 million new-to-you adaptation. So far, so good.

Universal released Jo Koy’s Easter Weekend this weekend break. The movie about a successful entertainer returning home with regard to the holiday and trying to solve long-standing family melodramas earned simply $5. 25 million over its opening weekend. This takes us back in order to the bad old days associated with 2021, where almost every non-tentpole was hovering just over/under $5 mil on its respective starting weekend. Even with poor reviews (47% and 5/10 on Rotten Tomatoes) and soft buzz (a B+ Cinemascore), it’s unfortunate that one of this year’s few live-action comedies, one co-starring Jimmy O. Yang, Tia Carrere, Brandon Wardell, Eva Noblezada plus Asif Ali, is faltering. With Marry Me, Easter Sunday and both Bros and Ticket to Paradise opening this particular Fall, Universal is (with a bit of help from PVOD and Peacock) somewhat wanting to keep the big-screen comedy alive.

A24 plus Stage 6’s youth-skewing Bodies opened within six theaters in advance of the wide release next weekend. The acclaimed and buzzy And Then There Were None riff stars Maria Bakalova, Amandla Stenberg, Rachel Sennott, Chase Sui Wonders, Myha’la Herrold, Pete Davidson and Lee Pace and is currently at 91% and 7. 5/10 upon Rotten Tomatoes. However , it is one of those A24 chillers I expect to play better along with critics than audiences. We wasn’t big around the first half, strong performances aside, but the third act works, and it has a terrific epilogue. Halina Reijn’s horror humor earned the $226, 526 opening weekend break. That’s a promising $37, 754 per-theater average. However, it and Nope will face an upcoming month or even so which is packed ( The Fall, Beast, The Invitation, Barbarian, Pearl, etc. ) with horror movies.

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