Disney took the top two slots, first up with Barbarian from 20th Century Studios. The Airbnb horror film opened in a modest 2,340 theaters and became the first film in three weeks to hit the double digits, squeaking past with $10 million, which will hopefully hold when the actuals come out. All in all, a solid opening for the low budget (said to be under $5 million) film with no big stars (Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård and Justin Long aren’t box office draws). However, given the strong hook and exceptional critical response (92% on Rotten Tomatoes), there’s the feeling that it could have gone further with a little more marketing muscle. The C+ CinemaScore isn’t great, but isn’t a dealbreaker for strong legs, as we saw with Hereditary, another well reviewed (90% on Rotten Tomatoes) horror film with a poor CinemaScore (D+), which opened to $13.6 million and had a 3.2 multiplier with a cume of $44 million. We could see similarly long legs for a $30+ million finish, but though that’d be a great outcome, it wouldn’t be nearly enough to save the box office.
Coming in second place is the Bollywood-meets-Marvel fantasy film Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, with $4.4 million from 810 screens, giving it the weekend’s best per theater average with $5.4k. The film, produced by the Disney-owned Star Studios and led by Indian superstars Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Amitabh Bachchan, begins a planned cinematic universe and is one of India’s most expensive films at $51 million. The domestic opening is among the best ever for an Indian film, and Brahmastra had a global launch of $26.5 million, $18.9 million of that coming from India, making it the tenth biggest opening ever in its home market.
Bullet Train took third place, grossing $3.25 million in its sixth weekend. With a cume of $92.5 million, it should be able to leg out to $100 million, and it is now at $212 million globally.
After its spectacular return to number one last weekend, Top Gun: Maverick fell to fourth place this weekend with $3.17 million. That brings its cume to $705.6 million and its total weekends in the top five to 15 out of 16 total (seven of those were in the top two). Its global cume is now $1.453 billion, putting it past Frozen 2’s $1.450 billion and making it the 11th highest grossing film of all time worldwide.
DC League of Super-Pets took fifth place with $2.84 million, bringing its cume to $85.4 million after seven weekends. This was just ahead of the sixth place film The Invitation, grossing $2.62 million in its third weekend for a cume of $18.8 million.
Another notable opener is Lifemark, coming in seventh place with $2.21 million. The faith-based, abortion themed film has a 1,531 theater one week limited engagement release from Fathom Events. Kirk Cameron stars and the Kendrick Brothers (Fireproof, Courageous, and War Room) co-wrote the script with director Kevin Peeples. As for the weekend’s other wide release Medieval, it wiped out with $810,000 from 1,331 screens, coming in 14th place.