‘Bullet Train’ tops N.America box office

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Sony’s “Bullet Train,” the last big studio release of the summer, pulled in strong ticket sales of $30.1 million over the weekend to top the North American box office, it was estimated on Sunday. Exhibitor Relations industry watcher.

It was “a solid opening for an action thriller,” said analyst David A. Gross, adding that star Brad Pitt’s presence “is going to ensure international success.”

Pitt, who plays a professional assassin on a Japanese train apparently loaded with them, leads a cast that includes Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Latin music star Bad Bunny, as well as Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in bit parts .

Helming “Bullet Train” is former Pitt stuntman David Leitch, who made a name for himself directing action movies.

Last weekend’s box office leader Warner Bros. animated “DC League of Super-Pets,” slipped a notch to second place, taking in $11.2 million for the Friday-Sunday period.

Third place went to Universal’s horror film “Nope,” at $8.5 million. The sci-fi flick, bolstered by the involvement of acclaimed writer/director Jordan Peele, only grossed just under $100 million domestically. Daniel Kaluuya plays.

In fourth place was Disney’s action comedy “Thor: Love and Thunder,” at $7.6 million. Chris Hemsworth stars as the ultra-muscled space Viking, who yearns for his ex-girlfriend (Natalie Portman).

And in fifth place, Universal’s family animation “Minions: The Rise of Gru”. This latest installment in the “Despicable Me” franchise grossed $7.1 million.

Overall, the summer season has been good for Hollywood, Gross said. “Audiences did everything they were asked…and business was very good for all types of films.”

The top 10 of the weekend was completed by:

“Top Gun: Maverick” ($7 million)

“Where the Crawdads Sing” ($5.7 million)

“Easter Sunday” ($5.3 million)

“Elvis” ($4 million)

“The Black Phone” ($1.5 million)

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