After opening with $30 million last weekend, Sony’s Bullet Train managed to retain the top spot at the box office for its second weekend. The Brad Pitt-led film secured $3.865 million on Friday and is on track to pull in $13 million in its second outing as it remains the largest release stateside with 4,357 locations. Should the estimates hold that would give Bullet Train a 56% drop from its opening weekend.
Bullet Train managed to fend off new releases like Fall, Mack and Rita and Bodies Bodies Bodies which expanded into wide release this weekend. Bodies Bodies Bodies is eyeing a $3 million haul after expanding into 1,275 theaters, which would give it a $2,361 per location average. While both Fall and Mack and Rita are expected to open between $1-$2 million each. With little hitting theaters this weekend, holdovers like Nope, DC League of Super-Pets and Top Gun: Maverick are expected to remain in the top five. More impressive, though, Maverick has a chance at taking the second spot in its twelfth weekend.
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Bullet Train is an adaptation of Kōtarō Isaka‘s novel of the same name. The film has seen plenty of controversy leading up to its release, with many frustrated that the film didn’t cast Japanese actors. Despite the less than stellar reviews and controversy, Bullet Train is expected to hit $54 million stateside by Sunday. With a $90 million production budget, Bullet Train still has an uphill battle, but with little competition in the coming weeks, it’s possible the film could show legs in the coming weeks.