‘The Invitation’ Tops Tepid Weekend At Box Office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The horror movie “The Invitation” wanted simply $7 million to complete on the prime of the weakest weekend of the summer season on the North American field workplace, in response to studio estimates Sunday.

Directed and co-written by Jessica M. Thompson and starring “Game of Thrones” actor Nathalie Emmanuel, “The Invitation” tells the story of a younger lady who after her mom’s dying discovers darkish secrets and techniques at her household residence within the English countryside.

It debuted on 3,141 screens for Sony and price simply $10 million to make.

Sony additionally had the No. 2 film with the Brad Pitt car “Bullet Train,” which introduced in an estimated $5.6 million from 3,513 screens in its fourth week, bringing its home complete to $78.2 million.

Common’s “Beast,” starring Idris Elba, completed third with $4.9 million in its second week, after making $11.6 million and rating second in its first.

Elba was additionally the star of the week’s different main debut, “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” the fantasy epic from “Mad Max” director George Miller, which introduced in simply $2.9 million on 2,436 screens and completed a distant and disappointing seventh.

The lagging outcomes had been no nice shock for this time of yr.

“We’re in that what is often the typical August slowdown heading into Labor Day weekend,” mentioned Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore. “This was to be expected given the lineup of films this weekend.”

Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” remained in fourth in its 14th weekend in theaters with a further $4.8 million. It has remodeled $691 million in North America so far, making it the sixth-highest grossing home launch of all time.

Final week’s No. 1, “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” plunged to fifth in its second weekend with $4.6 million after bringing in $20.1 million in its debut.

The weekend total noticed about $52.7 million in North American ticket gross sales — the slowest in months. A powerful summer season has meant that the year-to-date field workplace continues to be up considerably from a tepid 2021, however an extended drought lies forward till one other surge of anticipated massive earners resembling “Halloween Ends” and “Black Adam,” which can each be launched in October.

Amid the quiet spell on the field workplace, film tickets can be simply $3 within the overwhelming majority of American theaters as a part of a newly launched “ National Cinema Day ” on Saturday. Main chains, together with AMC and Regal Cinemas, are taking part, as are all main movie studios.

Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday by means of Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, in response to Comscore. Closing home figures can be launched Monday.

1. “The Invitation,” $7 million.

2. “Bullet Train,” $5.6 million.

3. “Beast,” $4.9 million.

4. “Top Gun: Maverick,” $4.8 million.

5. “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero,” $4.6 million.

6. “DC League of Super-Pets,” $4.2 million.

7. “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” $2.9 million

8. “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” $2.74 million.

9. “Thor: Love and Thunder,” $2.7 million.

10. “Where the Crawdads Sing,” $2.3 million