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NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Pitt’s stylized action-romp “Shinkansen” hits theaters Sunday at $30.1 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday as the final big movie of Hollywood’s summer recovery hits theaters. We arrived during the opening weekend.

Sony Pictures’ “Shinkansen” debut was solid, but not spectacular for a $90 million budgeted movie driven by Pitt’s substantial star power. Even if the next few weeks are going well, cinemas aren’t planning a major studio release for the rest of August, so there’s little to expect in early fall.

The end of summer is always a quiet time in theaters, but it will be especially so this year. And some of the momentum fueled by Top Gun: Maverick, Jurassic World: Dominion, and Minions: Rise of Gru could be lost. And so on. It’s about to get pretty quiet in cinemas after a comeback season that has brought box office earnings closer to pre-pandemic levels.

“It will definitely be quiet, like the calm after a storm,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at data firm Comscore. “But that doesn’t mean there won’t be great movies out there. The goodwill generated by some of these movies drives box office returns until we enter the blockbuster corridor with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” and “Avatar 2” is yet to come. You should expect to be unable to keep up the pace this summer. ”

As the last big summer movie to leave the station, ‘Shinkansen’ hopes to stay on board for the next few weeks. This would be in line with other original summer film scripts released in August, such as ‘Free Guy’ and ‘Crazy’. rich asian. In Shinkansen, directed by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2), a number of assassins (co-stars include Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry) travel from Tokyo to speed. Congregate on the train of violations. From Tokyo to Kyoto.

As one of the few original summer blockbusters without high-profile intellectual property behind it, the R-rated “Bullet Train” could have come out with more momentum over the weekend had the reviews been stronger. With a low fresh rating of 54%, “Bullet Train” performed slightly better with audiences, according to Rotten Tomatoes critics, giving the film a B+ cinema score and grossing $32.4 million at the international box office. Increased.

“Easter Sunday,” another new wide release of the weekend, didn’t quite catch on. The Universal Pictures comedy, which stars comic book Joe Coy as an actor attending his family’s Easter Sunday celebration, was praised for its Filipino rendition, but garnered even worse reviews than “Shinkansen.” Sales opened at $5.3 million.

Instead, “Shinkansen” was chased by many remnants, including Warner Bros. The animated version of “DC League of Pets” grossed him $11.2 million in its second week of release.

Jordan Peele’s “Nope,” a universal sci-fi horror release, continued to do well, earning $8.5 million in its third weekend.

The Walt Disney Company’s Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” came in at No. 4 with $7.6 million in its fifth weekend. Love and Thunder is unlikely to match her $854 million worldwide gross for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

In its limited release, A24’s “Body’s Body’s Body” was shown on six screens in New York and Los Angeles, with ticket sales of $226,525 and an average of $37,754 per screen. The horror-comedy of wealthy twenty-somethings at a remote house party, with a cast that includes Amandla Sternberg, Maria Bakalova and Pete Davidson, expands nationwide on Friday.

Estimated ticket sales Friday through Sunday in theaters in the United States and Canada, according to Comscore.

1. “Shinkansen,” $30.1 million.

2. “DC League of Super Pets,” $11.2 million.

3. “No” $8.5 million.

4. Thor: Love and Thunder, $7.6 million.

5. “Minions: Rise of Gru.” $7.1 million.

6. “Top Gun: Maverick” $7 million.

7. “Where Crowdad Sings” $5.7 million.

8. “Easter Sunday” $5.3 million.

9. “Elvis” $4 million.

10. “The Black Phone,” $1.5 million.

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