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Brad Pitt’s “Bullet Train” wins the box office

NEW YORK – Brad Pitt’s action film Bullet Train topped all films in ticket sales for a second straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, while a quiet spell in theaters and incredible staying power allowed Top Gun: Maverick to bounce back shoot up to third place in their 12th week of release.

After opening at the box office for around $30 million last weekend, “Bullet Train” grossed $13.4 million on its second run. David Leitch’s assassin-packed film, which produced $90 million, has grossed $54.4 million in two weeks for Sony Pictures. Bullet Train has grossed $114.5 million worldwide.

Three new films went public, but none cracked the top five films. The slowdown — an expected but still acute late-summer dip in major releases — gave the year’s biggest film, Maverick, plenty of headroom to make another flyby to theaters.

Nearly three months after it opened in May, Paramount Pictures brought the Top Gun sequel back to multiple big screens, increasing the number of theaters from 2,760 to 3,181. It walked away with $7.2 million, bringing his grand total to $673.8 million. Paramount’s biggest hit of all time, Maverick, ranks seventh all-time at the domestic box office, disregarding inflation, just above Titanic and just below Avengers: Infinity War.

The unusually long run for Top Gun: Maverick is even rarer at a time when studios have shrunk theater windows and movies are typically sending movies to streaming services after around 45 days in theaters.

“Top Gun: Maverick” was narrowly edged out for second place by Warner Bros. “DC League of Superbeasts.” Warner Bros. estimated on Sunday that its animated film grossed $7.17 million in its third week of release , just a nose above the $7.15 million for “Maverick.” Monday’s final numbers should break the near-tie.

But while Top Gun: Maverick has been a boon to theaters recovering from the pandemic, the thinly planned dog days of August – and possibly part of September – will be a test for the industry. This weekend, the biggest new movie in theaters nationwide was A24’s Bodies Bodies Bodies, a Gen Z horror comedy that has expanded from last week’s limited release to 1,269 locations. It came in eighth with $3.3 million.

Lionsgate’s The Fall, about two friends stranded on top of a 2,000-foot radio tower, debuted at $2.5 million. Diane Keaton’s body-swap comedy Mack & Rita began with ticket sales of just $1 million for Gravitas Ventures.

In overall sales, it was the weekend with the lowest ticket sales of the summer. With new releases few – including two titles by Idris Elba: the safari thriller ‘Beast’ (August 19) and George Miller’s ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ (August 26) – cinema attendance is likely to continue to slow for weeks to come.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. The final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Bullet Train”, $13.4 million.

2. “DC League of Super Pets”, $7.2 million

3. “Top Gun: Maverick”, $7.2 million.

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6. “Minions: The Rise of Gru”, $4.9 million.

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