‘Barbarian’ is top movie amid late summer box office slump

AP Entertainment Editor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Horror flick “Barbarian” won the weekend by grossing $10 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday, as the late-summer box office slump brews. continued.

Director Zach Cregger’s debut from Disney’s 20th Century Studios premiered at Comic-Con in San Diego in July and opened on 2,340 screens Friday.

“Barbarian” tells the story of a young woman (Georgina Campbell) who finds her Airbnb-rented house strangely occupied by a stranger (Bill Skarsgård) in a half-ruined neighborhood of Detroit. It goes on to subvert several horror conventions.

The barely staggering numbers were expected in an almost consistently sluggish September, with fall’s biggest movies and the holiday season several weeks away. “Barbarian” nearly recouped its $10.5 million budget in its first weekend and accounted for almost a quarter of all theatrical earnings.

“On a weekend where the overall box office is quite low, the high figure of $10 million is a really strong number for this market,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for the data company Comscore. “Horror movies are always an accountant’s dream, and that’s why.”

“Brahmāstra: Part One: Shiva,” an Indian Hindi-language fantasy epic from Star Studios, another Disney subsidiary, was a close second, but playing on just 810 screens.

The film written and directed by Ayan Mukerji, about a DJ named Shiva who discovers a connection to the element of fire and an ability to awaken a supernatural weapon, made $4.4 million in its first weekend in America. North.

Long-running Hollywood fare, “Bullet Train” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” took up the three and four spots.

“Bullet Train” grossed $92.5 million in six weeks and “Top Gun: Maverick” grossed $705.7 million in 16 weeks. It is now the fifth-highest-grossing domestic film of all time, just behind “Avatar” and just ahead of “Black Panther,” and is the highest-grossing North American non-science franchise. -fiction or superheroes.

“This movie is setting superhero numbers,” Dergarabedian said.

Quieter weeks are likely ahead of us before a wave of expected big earners including “Halloween Ends” and “Black Adam” arrive in October.

Shortly after, the sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” kicks off the holiday season at the box office and an even bigger set of expectations.

Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Monday.

1. “Barbarian”, 10 million dollars.

2. “Brahmastra, Part One: Shiva,” $4.4 million.

3. “Bullet Train,” $3.25 million.

4. “Top Gun: Maverick,” $3.2 million.

5. “DC League of Super-Pets,” $2.8 million.

6. “The Invitation,” $2.6 million.

7. “Lifemark”, $2.2 million.

8. “Beast,” $1.8 million.

9. ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’, $1.65 million.

10. “Spider Man: No Way Home,” $1.3 million.


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