Bullet Train leads ticket sales for second week at the box office

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Bullet Train leads ticket sales for second week at the box office

The Brad Pitt action film Bullet Train led ticket sales for a second straight week, while a quiet spell in theaters and incredible staying power allowed Top Gun: Maverick to jump back into third place in its 12th week of release.

Bullet Train pulled in $13.4 million in its second go-around after launching the previous weekend with about $30 million at the box office. David Leitch's assassin-crowded film, made for $90 million, has grossed $54.4 million in two weeks for Sony SONY, Pictures. Bullet Train has a net worth of $114.5 million.

Three new films went into a wide release but none of them cracked the top five films. The slowdown — an expected but still acute late-summer downturn in big releases — gave plenty of airspace for the year's biggest movie, Maverick, to make another fly-by in theaters.

Nearly three months after opening in May, the Top Gun sequel was re-released by Paramount Pictures PARA on a number of large-format screens and increased its theater count from 2,760 to 3,181. It came away with $7.2 million, bringing its total to $673.8 million. Maverick is the biggest smash in the domestic box office, not accounting for inflation, right above Titanic and just below Avengers: Infinity War from Disney's DIS, Marvel.

Rarer is the long run for Top Gun: Maverick at a time when studios have shrunk theatrical windows, typically sending movies to streaming services after 45 days in theaters.

Maverick was very narrowly edged by Warner Bros. in second place. WBD, DC League of Super-Pets. Warner Bros. estimated Sunday that it took in $7.17 million in its third week of release, a nose higher than the $7.15 million for Maverick. While Top Gun: Maverick has been a boon to theaters recovering from the Pandemic, the thinly scheduled dog days of August — and possibly a chunk of September — will pose a test to the industry. The biggest new film in nationwide theaters was A 24 s Bodies Bodies BodiesBodies Bodies Bodies, a Gen Z horror comedy that expanded to 1,269 locations after last week s opening in limited release. It came in eighth with $3.3 million.

Lionsgate's LGF.B, The Fall, about two friends stranded atop a 2,000-foot radio tower, debuted with $2.5 million. The body-swap comedy Mack Rita opened with just $1 million in ticket sales for Gravitas Ventures.

It was the lowest ticket-selling weekend of the summer. With few new wide releases on tap - including two Idris Elba titles - Beast Aug. 19 and George Miller's Three Thousand Years of Longing Aug. 26 - moviegoing is likely to slow down in the coming weeks.

According to Comscore, ticket sales for Friday to Sunday were expected to be in the U.S. and Canadian theaters. The final domestic figures will be released on Monday.