Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’ hits the rails with an expected $30 million opening

“I think I can, I think I can… be the best movie at the box office,” said Sony’s original action movie.

You must take the Bullet Train from Brad Pitt No. No. 1 on the local charts. The film earned $12.6 million from 4,357 sites on Friday and is expected to debut with $30 million. It’s a solid performance for an original film without franchise ties or multiverse hoaxes, but the film will have to keep running until August to recoup its $90 million production budget.

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The movie crew should help all-stars with that. Besides Pete, the group also includes names like Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Brian Terry Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, and Benito A. Martinez Ocasio, aka Latin music star Bad Bunny.

“Bullet Train” is seen as a kind of check on the kind of movie that will rally audiences to theaters for it. The R-rated action movie will skew toward adult men – the most reliable demographic with consistent theater attendance since the COVID-19 lockdowns eased. However, with a marketing campaign promoting a colorful cast of characters rather than any known intellectual property, “Bullet Train” isn’t a sure hit.

“Bullet Train” received a lukewarm response from critics, earning a 41% approval rating from top critics on Rotten Tomatoes for compiling the review. diverse Senior film critic Peter Debruge was mixed with the film, writing that he is “trying to [its] I dare direct the likes of Tarantino and Ritchie, even if the dialogue and fictitious British accents are not strong enough to earn such comparisons.”

The audience was more receptive to “Bullet Train”. The film was awarded a “B+” grade by research firm Cinema Score, indicating strong approval among general moviegoers. With August’s slate looking pretty light on high-profile releases, “Bullet Train” should be able to tap into the quiet theater scene in the coming weeks. Paramount’s The Lost City, which starred Bullet Train players Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum while starring Pete in a supporting role, also opened for $30 million earlier this spring before eventually surpassing $100 million domestically, showing that The audience will continue to rotate for a team game without franchise ties.

Directed by Pete’s former double David Leitch, who has since led actors like “corn blond” and “Deadpool 2,” the film portrays the star as a hitman who accepts a simple assignment aboard a high-speed train in Japan. However, he soon discovers that a group of assassins on board have conflicting missions of their own.

Meanwhile, Universal’s “Easter”, the other new wide release of the weekend, didn’t make much of an impression on its debut, racking up $2 million in profits on Friday. The studio is anticipating a $5 million silent debut from 3,175 locations for Joe Coy’s comedy, which will land the film at number eight on the domestic charts.

“Easter” stars Koi as an actor and a struggling parent attending an Easter celebration for his dysfunctional Filipino American family. The comics carries a modest $17 million price tag before marketing and distribution costs, so Universal will tip its toes for strong talk and a stripped-down month of competing releases to give the movie some acceptable legs.

Warner Bros. It looks like the “DC League of Super-Pets” version will take second place. The film grossed $3.35 million on Friday, down 64% from its opening day last week. The animation feature underperformed somewhat, especially for a movie featuring icons from DC Comics (even if it follows Justice League friends). With the movie’s gross domestic product of $38 million, Super Beats still has a long way to go to cash in on a production budget of $90 million.

Not helping things for “Super-Pets” is the continuation of the success of Universal’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” which has remained a huge hit with audiences since it debuted on the 4th of July weekend. The “Despicable Me” sub-slot looks set to be number five on the local charts this weekend, down 38% in its sixth weekend. The domestic film currently has a turnover of $330 million.

Universal’s “Nope” is eyeing a bronze medal, anticipating $8 million in its third weekend. Director Jordan Peele’s sci-fi thriller is set to cross $100 million domestically sometime next week — a feat for an original film that’s primarily sold under its director’s name.

Disney’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” is eyeing the fourth spot, adding $2.2 million to Friday’s tally. The entry for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently the sixth largest domestic release of the year, pushing the gross domestic product above $315 million this weekend.

Finally, it looks like Top Gun: Maverick could finally break out of the top-five domestic box office for the first time this weekend, although it’s in a close race for fifth place with The Rise of Gru. Paramount’s unbridled success predicts another slight drop – down just 21% – in its eleventh weekend at the box office. With $657 million in the bank from North America, the Tom Cruise sequel will likely surpass Titanic’s $659 million gross today to become the seventh-biggest movie of all time in domestic box office history.

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