‘The Invitation’ Box Office Opening Leads Horrifyingly Slow Weekend – The Hollywood Reporter

The canine days of August can all the time carry a downturn in moviegoing, however this yr is horrifyingly dangerous.

If estimates maintain, Sony’s The Invitation will limp to No. 1 domestically with a gap within the $6 million to $7 million vary after grossing $2.6 million on Friday from 3,114 theaters.

The horror movie, which is doing finest amongst youthful females, has been largely dismissed by critics, whereas it earned a C CinemaScore from audiences (it truly isn’t uncommon for horror fare to get a C grade).

George Miller’s new movie Three Thousand Years of Longing, which made a splashy world premiere on the Cannes Film Festival, opened to $1.2 million on Friday from 2,436 places for a projected weekend gross of round $3 million for a seventh-place end. The MGM and United Artists Releasing title had supposed to open in far fewer theaters since it’s extra of a specialty title than a mainstream providing, however cinema operators urged UAR to allow them to guide the movie due to an absence of product general.

Bleecker Street’s specialty film Breaking opted to launch in 902 places. Projections present the John Boyega thriller debuting to lower than $1 million for a possible fifteenth place end.

Back on the highest 10 chart, Sony’s Bullet Train ought to are available in second with round $5.5 million, adopted by Top Gun: Maverick or Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero with a projected $5 million every.

Top Gun: Maverick now ranks at No. 9 on the all-time record of top-grossing movies, not adjusted for inflation. Domestically, it should end Sunday with greater than $690 million in ticket gross sales.

Dragon Ball Super is taking a look at a steep fall of 75 p.c or extra after topping the chart final weekend with a formidable $20.1 million.

Beast, additionally starring Elba, is anticipated spherical out the highest 5 on the field workplace this weekend with an estimated $4.3 million.

Overall income for the weekend on the home field workplace seems to come back in at $54 million, the worst displaying since February. Additionally, the weekend is down greater than 16 p.c from the identical body in 2021, when the COVID-19 delta variant was rather more of a problem when it comes to moviegoing. On the identical weekend final yr, the horror pic Candyman debuted to $22 million, whereas Free Guy remained a powerful earner in its third weekend with $13.2 million.

Exhibitors have been bracing for a parched August calendar following a string of high-profile studio releases this spring and summer time. The drought — due, at the least partially, to post-production delays — will proceed into September and the primary a part of October.

Mega-circuit Cineworld is citing the pressures of the content material slowdown as one of many causes it’s getting ready to file for Chapter 11 chapter within the U.S., the place it operates Regal Cinemas. Wall Street analysts and others counter that theater chains that aren’t debt-laden, as Cineworld is, are in a much better place to climate present circumstances.

Box workplace estimates can be up to date Sunday morning.

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