‘Bullet Train’ No. 1 Again; Pete Davidson’s ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ Wide – Deadline

SATURDAY HOUR: Sony’s bullet train will have a softer second weekend ease than expected at -56% with $13.3 million at #1 in a low-wattage August frame that’s about $64 million for all movies, -2% off the same weekend a year ago. Worse, this is the lowest grossing weekend of the summer of 2022 so far. The May 20-22 frame, when Downton Abbey opened to $16 million, bottomed out last weekend this summer, grossing $75.6 million across all titles.

That’s not great when you consider how this summer’s weekend-to-weekend checkout has evolved from last year. But again, that’s not because no one wants to go to the movies. It is because there is no movie that is intriguing enough and deserves a visit to the cinema.

'Body Bodies'

A24/Phase 6 Movies

A24 chose to go wider, but not super wide on Bodies Bodies Bodies which has a lower Rotten Tomatoes audience rating of 78% and only 3 stars/63% on CinemaScore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak. That signals a new divide across the studio between moviegoers and critics (90% certified fresh) who love this social horror satire. Pete Davidson’s title still has a chance $3 million for the weekend in 1,285 theaters after a $960K Saturday is 27% lower than Friday’s $1.3 million. The guy who R rated movie skewed at 52% males, and 78% between 18-34 played best in the cities i.e LA, NY, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Austin, DC, Boston and Seattle and did quite well at the Alamo Drafthouses scoring seven out of the top ten shots. Diversity demos were 48% White, 23% Hispanic and Hispanic, 13% Black, and 16% Asian/Other.

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Lionsgate

While Lionsgate did have something to showcase during this theatrical dry spell, they didn’t go far on their YA title val, which actually earned a B CinemaScore, but dropped PostTrak positively by 69% and a 44% recommendation. Those who showed up val 53% were boys 56% between 18-34. The picture’s most notable company was in the South and West, but didn’t do it with fewer than 100 theaters of the 1,548 print run cracking $1K on Friday. Saturday brought in $835K, -10% of Friday’s $923K, in what appears to be a $2.3 million opening. The picture competes for number 10 with Universal’s second weekend of Jo Koy’s Amblin family comedy, Easter Sunday.

Paramount has the Hindi Forrest Gump remake Laal Singh Chaddha by Advait Chandan Booked in 516 theaters in 154 markets, the picture has good numbers in Toronto, Vancouver and some solid numbers in NYC, San Francisco, Houston and Seattle. $580K on Saturday, +33% from Friday’s $435K, this movie will go to a $1.47M weekend and $1.8 million more than 5 days. Twenty-five reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are so-so at 60% fresh.

Universal’s Imax reissue of ET sees $310K on Saturday, -37% of Friday’s $490K for a $1 million take over FSS.

Gravitas Ventures’ Diane Keaton-Taylour Paige comedy, Mack & Rita, failed to impress with a D+ CinemaScore and 61% PostTrak and a low recommendation of 46%. Pic made $370K on Saturday for a $988K opening in 2,000 theaters. Those who dared to spend very little money were in the West and Southeast.

Usually, mid-August is an excellent place to launch a horror film that carries the domestic box office into the fall, ie don’t breathe ($89.2 million) or Annabelle Creation ($102 million). Maybe Universal’s campy Idris Elba lion hunting movie, Beast, does the trick next weekend.

Weekend Estimates:

1.) bullet train 4,357 theaters, Friday $3.8MZa $5.5M3 days $13.3 million (-56%)/Total $54.4 million/Wk 2

2.) DC League of Super Pets 3,803 (-529) theaters, Fri $1,955MZa $2.9 million 3 days $6.8 million (-38%)/Total $57.9 million World Cup 3

3.) Top Gun: Maverick (Par) 3,181 (+421) theaters, Friday $1.94 millionZa $2.8 million3 days $6.7 million (-4%), Total $673.3M/Wk 12

4. ) no (Uni) 2,760 (-256) theatres, Fri $1.56 millionZa $2.2 million/3 days $5.3 million (-38%)/Total $107.5 million/Wk 4

5.) Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney) 3,175 (-225) theaters, Fri. $1.4 millionZa $2.2 million3 days $5.2 million (-33%)/Total $325.2 million /week 6

6.) Minions: Rise of Gru (Uni) 3,068 theaters (-120), Friday $1.37 millionZa $2.1 million, 3 days $4.9 million (-30%), Total: $343.7M/week 7

7.) Where the crayfish sing (Sony) 3,164 cinemas (-362), Fri $1.2 million, Za $1.6 million3 days $4 million (-29%)/Total $72.1 million/Wk 5

8.) Bodies Bodies Bodies (A24) 1,285 (+1,279) theaters, Friday $1.3 millionZa $960K3 days $3 million (+1223%), Total $3.3 million/Wk 2

9.) Elvis (WB) 2,211 (-200) Free $740KZa $1 million3 days $2.5M (-36%), total $141.2 million/week 8

10.) val (LG) 1,548 cinemas, Fri $923K, Sat $835K, 3 days $2.3 million/Wk 1

10.) Easter Sunday (Uni/DW) 3,176 (+1) theaters, Friday $660KZa $900K 3 days $2.3 million (-58%)/Total $9.8M/Wk 2

notable:

Laal Singh Chaddha (Par) 516 theatres, Fri $435KZa $580K3 days $1.47MTotal $1.8 million/Wk 1

ET (Uni) 389 theaters, Friday $490KZa $310K3 days $1 million/Total $483.2 million/Wk 1 of reissue

Mack & Rita (Grav) 2,000 theaters, Friday $400kZa $370K3 days $988K/Wk 1

FRIDAY HOURS: Those cricket sounds you hear are the sounds of the summer cash register slowing down.

Sony’s #1 movie from a week ago, David Leitch’s bullet train, will take the top spot again this weekend in a session that doesn’t technically have uber-wide releases backed by a major multi-million dollar studio campaign spend. Brad Pitt’s action title is watching $12.6 million for the frame, 58% off week after week, after a $3.75 million Friday in 4,357 theaters.

The photo towards the end of the weekend looks at $53.6 million over 10 days, with some rival distributors believing it has a shot at $100 million by the end of its run, and may even stay ahead of what we’ve seen. see here weekend.

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Pete Davidson in “Body Bodies”
A24

A24 goes wide with their Pete Davidson horror comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies, but not super broad as it encourages word of mouth; it sits at 85% on Rotten Tomatoes’ audience rating with a 90% certified fresh rating. The Millennial Meltdown Movie Is Watching $1.3 million today at 1,275 locations for a second weekend of $3 million in what appears to be sixth place, +1.224% from last weekend, for a 10-day total of $3.3 million. (A24s Everything Everywhere All at once expanded to about 1,200 runs in its third weekend in the spring, grossing $6 million after a first weekend in 10 theaters and a second in 38 locations.)

Lionsgate has the Scott Mann-directed YA movie val at 1,548 theaters. It’s an experimental release for the studio: a photo that isn’t exactly suitable for streaming, but it was well tested with the public and was intended for a big screen release. The thriller currently ranks 71% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes with an audience rating of 84%.

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Lionsgate’s “Autumn”
Lionsgate

Logline: For best friends Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner), life is all about overcoming fears and pushing boundaries. But after climbing 600 meters to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they are stranded with no way down. Now their expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they fight desperately to survive the elements, a lack of supplies and dizzying heights. No mg on the film from the producers of 47 meters down franchise (Jamie Harris and Mark Lane) and a low P&A spend of $4 million over 46 days; a title for exhibition in what is the beginning of a 2 1/2 month desert on the tent. val resembling $800,000 today and everywhere in between $1.75M-$2M at the bottom of the top 10 chart.

RelishMix noted on social media that the buzz for val “runs mixed positively as fans wonder about the scope and complexity of the storyline – or whether it’s a single note, with a predictable outcome. Fans are very intrigued by the excessive visual hook of the trailers, with some questioning the CGI. Chatter is on board with the reminder that “val hits theaters on August 12.” RelishMix also noted, “On an 8-week digital ramp-up for Fall since the first trailer drop, the studio has 5 videos with a mediocre count and moderate viral reposting. Page engagement on Facebook and Instagram for the show has also increased. on the light side for the genre.”

Universal has the exclusive Imax 40th anniversary reissue of ET the alien what is seeing $430,000 today in 389 halls for a $1 million three-day and $438.2 million running total. The photo’s 20th anniversary in 2002 brought in $35.3 million domestically, $69 million worldwide. It is the first time that the Steven Spielberg-directed film is presented in Imax. jaws also hits Imax and RealD on September 2

Mack & Rita

“Mack & Rita”
Gravity Premiere

At the very bottom of the map is Gravitas Ventures’ femme comedy Mack & Rita starring Taylour Paige, Diane Keaton and Elizabeth Lail with an estimated $300K today, and three days of $865K. Thirty-nine critics on Rotten Tomatoes are at 26% Rotten, while audiences are unimpressed at 46%. “Awareness follows lightly on social networks with little material in rotation and light engagement momentum on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube,” notes RelishMix, indicating social media chatter with the words “been there, done that” as the picture looks like Big and 13 on the way to 30.

In the film, 30-year-old self-proclaimed homebody Mack Martin (Lail) reluctantly goes on a bachelorette trip in Palm Springs for her best friend Carla (Paige), and her inner 70-year-old is released – literally. The frustrated writer and influencer magically transforms into her future self: Aunt Rita (Keaton). Freed from the constraints of other people’s expectations, Rita comes into her own, becomes an unlikely social media sensation and unleashes a tentative romance with Mack’s adorable dog sitter Jack (Dustin Milligan).

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