August 21, 2022

Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 8.21.2022


OPENINGS:  With little else new around, DRAGON BALL SUPER: SUPER HERO (Crunchyroll/Sony) seized the weekend with $20.1M, a bit lower than the studio’s Dragon Slayer: Mugen Train, which opened with $21.2M at about half the number of theaters.  Dragon Ball, like most anime titles, was heavily skewed to the M18-34 audience, and it may be headed for a steep drop next weekend, as Demon Slayer fell 70% in its Weekend 2.  Dragon Ball also has $25.1M overseas, of which $18.1M is from Japan.

The older-skewing BEAST (Universal) was weaker at $11.6M, within low expectations.  Beast probably carries about $100M in production and worldwide marketing costs, so it has a long road ahead to find breakeven.  Overseas, it has $10.3M to date.

ORPHAN: FIRST KILL (Paramount, also on VOD/Paramount+) launched with $1.7M at 498 theaters, a better per-theater average than Beast could manage.  It also has $500K overseas.

HOLDOVERS:  BULLET TRAIN (Columbia/Sony) dropped another 40% to $8M in its 3rd weekend and might reach $90M in the US, with $81M overseas thus far.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK (Paramount) continued its flight to $700M in the US, down a slim 17% to $5.9M in its 13th weekend, and with $720M overseas after an $8.7M weekend in 63 territories.

LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS (DC/Warners) held well in its 4th and last pre-VOD weekend, down 18% to $5.8M, on its way to $85M in the US, and with $62.9M overseas.

THOR: LOVE & THUNDER (Marvel/Disney) dipped 25% to $4M in its 7th weekend, and might reach $345M in the US.  Its international total is $405M.

NOPE (Universal) dropped 34% to $3.5M, headed for $125M in the US.  Its overseas total is only $19.3M.

MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU (Illumination/Universal, also on VOD) was down 30% to $3.5M, now above $350M in the US, and with $483.6M overseas.

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING (Columbia/Sony) lost 21% to $3.1M in its 6th weekend, and might reach $90M in the US.  However, its international total thus far is just $20M.

Despite nearly doubling its theater count, BODIES BODIES BODIES (A24) declined by 23% to $2.4M for the lowest per-theater average in the Top 10.  It doesn’t seem likely to get much past $15M in the US, and hasn’t yet launched overseas.

ELVIS (Warners, also on VOD) was down 25% to $2M in its 9th weekend, on its way to $150M in the US, and with $125M off-shore.

FALL (Lionsgate) dropped 47% to $1.3M from last week’s opening, and may not even hit $10M in the US, with negligible overseas release thus far.

LIMITED RELEASE:  FIRE OF LOVE (NatGeo) expanded to 67 theaters with a $900 per-theater weekend average.  A LOVE SONG (Bleecker Street) widened to 107 and averaged $500.  THE TERRITORY (Picturehouse) opened at 7 with a $3800 average.

NEXT WEEKEND:  Things don’t get any easier for the box office with the arrival of the horror movie THE INVITATION (Screen Gems/Sony), and festival titles BREAKING (Bleecker Street) and 300 YEARS OF LONGING (UA/MGM).

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."