Sony’s Bullet Train, the last major studio release of the summer, sped to solid ticket sales of $30.1 million this weekend to top the North American box office, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations estimated Sunday.
It was a “solid opening for an action thriller,” said analyst David A. Gross, adding that the presence of lead star Brad Pitt “is going to ensure international success.”
Pitt, who plays a professional assassin on a Japanese train seemingly loaded with them, heads a cast that includes Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Latin music star Bad Bunny, as well as Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in bit roles.
Helming Bullet Train is Pitt’s former stunt double, David Leitch, who has earned a name directing action films.
Last weekend’s box-office leader, Warner Bros.’ animated DC League of Super-Pets, slipped a notch to second, taking in $11.2 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period.
Third place went to Universal’s horror flick Nope, at $8.5 million. The sci-fi flick, boosted by the involvement of popular writer/director Jordan Peele, stands just shy of a $100 million gross domestically. Daniel Kaluuya stars.
In fourth was Disney’s action comedy Thor: Love and Thunder, at $7.6 million. Chris Hemsworth stars as the uber-muscular space Viking, who pines for his ex-girlfriend (Natalie Portman).
And in fifth was Universal’s family-friendly animation Minions: The Rise of Gru. This latest episode in the Despicable Me franchise took in $7.1 million.