After the pandemic for the past couple of years, the theatrical box office continues with its bad news marking this weekend as the worst of the year. The worst is yet to come with Labor Day Weekend around the corner.
Overall, Box Office Mojo reported a drop of 34 percent from the previous weekend with a total of $52.1 million for industry-wide domestic box office. Also, it marked the worst weekend since January 2022, and the fact that no film grossed over $10 million since May 2021.
The vampire film The Invitation came out on top with $7 million in 3,114 theaters, the lowest first place debut since Nobody in March 2021 with $6.8 million. However, Sony will declare it a victory starring Nathalie Emmanuel since it is a $10 million budgeted film. It was also pitted against an awful Rotten Tomatoes score of 26% and even worse with a CinemaScore audience of “C.” It’ll disappear at sunrise next weekend.
In a surprising twist, George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing became one of the biggest theatrical bombs of the year. It debuted with $2.88 million in 2,436 theaters and starred Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba. Three wishes couldn’t save the film with its $60 million budget in this Djinn tale.
In the second place, Bullet Train starring Brad Pitt keeps speeding steadily with $5.6 million, a decrease of 30 percent from the previous weekend. Its total is $78.2 million and $174 million worldwide.
The other Idris Elba film, Beast, fell one place to $4.9 million, a drop of 58 percent in its sophomore weekend. The thriller garnered a domestic office haul of $20.1 million worldwide, totaling $36.2 million.
Top Gun: Maverick is still soaring at the box office in fourth place with $4.75 million, a decrease of 20 percent. The Tom Cruise film has a $691 million haul with only $9.2 million away from knocking off Black Panther for the fifth highest-grossing domestic film. In the worldwide stats, the film is in twelfth place with $1.422 billion.
Despite new release disappointments, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero fell like a rock to fifth place after its spectacular debut last weekend. The film fell to $4.54 million, a decrease of 78 percent. Box Office Mojo noted it’s the second largest weekend drop of any film with 3,000+ screens since 2009’s Friday the 13th reboot which dropped 80.4 percent. Despite the bad news, the silver lining is the anime pushed itself as the fifth highest domestic grossing anime of all time.
With the anticipation of a horrible Labor Day Weekend, Focus Feature’s indie darling from Sundance with Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul will be the most notable release. It stars Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown.
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Source: Box Office Mojo