August 14, 2022

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 8.14.2022


OPENINGS:  BODIES BODIES BODIES (A24) went wide after last week’s NY/LA launch and is now in 1290 theaters, with more expansion scheduled to come.  A24 is reporting a $3.3M weekend, although it should be noted that this estimate assumes an extremely strong Sunday hold despite a steep drop on Saturday.  No international release thus far.

The slow times have come to the summer box office, and the best opening Hollywood could manage was FALL (Lionsgate) with a $2.5M start.  The low-budget thriller was an acquisition for Lionsgate with limited marketing, so there isn’t much on the line, but Fall will still have to struggle to reach $10M in the US.  It hasn’t yet opened overseas.

LAAL SINGH CHADDHA (Paramount) is unusual among Indian-language films in that it’s an adaptation of Forrest Gump and because of that its US release is being handled by a major studio.  It opened at a barely-wide 516 theaters with $1.5M, and apparently hasn’t yet opened in its home market.

MACK & RITA (Gravitas) arrived at 1930 theaters and could only get to $1.1M, presumably on a fast track to home release.  It’s US-only so far.

With such paltry new product around, ET THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL (Universal) was brought back for its first IMAX release in 389 theaters and earned $1.1M.

HOLDOVERS:  Despite the extremely limited new competition, BULLET TRAIN (Columbia/Sony) fell a standard 55% to $13M in its 2nd weekend, and will hope that having the market virtually to itself for the next several weeks will allow it to stretch as far as $100M in the US.  Overseas, it has $60M after a $17M weekend in most of its scheduled markets.

As forecasted last week, the lack of high-profile openings was good news for the veteran titles in multiplexes.  LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS (DC/Warners) dipped 35% to $7.2M in its 3rd weekend and may pass $80M in the US.  It has a quiet $51.4M overseas.

In addition to the revived ET, IMAX screens were filled in some cases by the return of TOP GUN: MAVERICK (Paramount), which incredibly rose 2% to $7.2M in its 12th weekend of release, seemingly on its way to becoming only the 6th movie ever to pass $700M at the US box office.  It also has $704.2M overseas after an $8.4M weekend in 64 markets.

THOR: LOVE & THUNDER (Marvel/Disney) lost 31% to $5.3M in its 6th weekend, and should reach $340M in the US.  Its international tally is at $395.1M.

NOPE (Universal) dropped 38% to $5.3M in its 4th weekend and will hope to top $125M in the US, still considerably below the $175M level of Get Out and US.  Jordan Peele’s movies have historically not fared particularly well overseas, and Nope began its international release with a quiet $6.4M from 19 territories.

MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU (Illumination/Universal, also on VOD) was down 31% to $4.9M in its 7th weekend, and may end up a nose ahead of the first Minions‘ $336M.  However, its overseas total of $447M after a $10.7M weekend in 80 markets won’t get close to its predecessor’s $823.4M.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING (Columbia/Sony) continued to hold very well, down 30% to $4M in its 5th weekend and en route to a handsome $85M in the US.  It has $14.8M overseas.

ELVIS (Warners, also on VOD) dropped 34% to $2.6M in its 8th weekend, and should get past $150M in the US.  It also has $120M overseas.

EASTER SUNDAY (Universal) wasn’t helped by the lack of new offerings, down 56% from last week’s premiere to $2.6M.  It may not reach $20M in the US, and has barely been released overseas thus far.

THE BLACK PHONE (Blumhouse/Universal, also on VOD) was down 32% to $1M in its 8th weekend, and should achieve $90M in the US before it’s done.  It also has $65M overseas.

LIMITED RELEASE:  EMILY THE CRIMINAL (Roadside) opened at a near-wide 473 theaters and averaged $1400 for a $670K weekend total.  INU-OH (GKids) opened at 350 and averaged $500.  SUMMERING (Bleecker Street) launched at 260 with a disastrous $120 average.  A LOVE SONG (Bleecker Street) expanded to 34 with a $700 average.  CLAYDREAM (Oscilloscope) widened to 4 and averaged $2600.

NEXT WEEKEND:  The drought continues, with BEAST (Universal) and DRAGON BALL SUPER: SUPER HERO (Crunchyroll/Sony) as the only scheduled wide openings.





About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."