by david leitch Bullet train it easily topped Friday’s chart with an opening day gross of $12.6 million, including $4.6 million in Thursday previews.
Brad Pitt leads a star-studded cast in this tale of an assassin traveling on a high-speed Japanese bullet train. Other names on the marquee include Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon and Sandra Bullock.
Sony, which has been waging an aggressive marketing campaign in hopes of sparking interest, is eyeing a domestic debut in the $30 million range. Critics haven’t exactly embraced Bullet train, which currently has a 53 percent critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences gave the film a B+ CinemaScore.
Bullet train is the last big studio deal of the summer, adding to the pressure on the film’s performance. The summer box office season typically lasts until Labor Day, but delays continue due to the pandemic and studios are seeing some of their movies delayed in post-production.
The other novelty of the weekend is the comedy of Jay Chandrasekhar Easter Sundaystarring Jo Koy as a struggling actor and comedian who attends a raucous holiday meal with his Filipino family.
Easter Sunday is headed for a $5 million debut after earning $2 million on Friday, in line with expectations.
Jimmy O. Yang, Tia Carrere, Brandon Wardell, Eva Noblezada, Lydia Gaston, Asif Ali, Rodney To, Tiffany Haddish and Lou Diamond Phillips star in the Universal film.