Bullet Train still tops the box office; Top Gun: Maverick chases down Infinity War; E.T is re-released for its 40th anniversary.
Written by Andrew Korpan / August 15, 2022

In a weekend of smaller releases, the David Leitch-directed Bullet Train, an action-packed film starring Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry and Joey King, finished atop the box office for the second week in a row despite a -55.4% drop. The film grossed $13,400,297, bringing its domestic haul to $54,483,000. With an assistance from the film’s international gross, the film has officially crossed $100 million ($114,483,000).

The big story of the weekend is Top Gun: Maverick, which continued its stellar box office run. Despite this past weekend being its 12th weekend in theaters, the film jumped from sixth to third place after grossing $7,150,455 (+1.6%). The film was likely assisted by a re-release that saw the film get added into 421 more theaters than last weekend. All of this is likely an effort to push Maverick past Avengers: Infinity War for the sixth highest-grossing film of all-time at the domestic box office. Infinity War still holds the sixth spot at $678,815,482 as Maverick sits at $673,822,000 but with another steady weekend, expect Maverick to seal the deal.

This weekend also saw the release of a number of smaller films. First up was Scott Mann’s Fall, the adrenaline thriller about two women who get stuck atop a radio tower starring Grace Caroline Currey (Shazam!) and Virginia Gardner (Halloween). Despite the grand heights the film captures, the $2,505,000 debut in just 1,548 theaters isn’t the worst opening for a film with a $3 million budget.

Next up was Laal Singh Chaddha, an Indian remake of Forest Gump. The film grossed $1,470,103 in 516 theaters for a per-theater average of $2,849. Mack & Rita didn’t fare quite as well; grossing less than Laal Singh Chaddha ($1,095,000) in almost four-times as many theaters (1,930).

Likely due to the slow month that is August, Universal Pictures re-released E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in IMAX for the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s classic. The film grossed $1,070,000 in 389 theaters ($2,750 per-theater average).

Emily the Criminal, a new crime drama starring Aubrey Plaza (who gives a career-best performance) grossed just $668,990 in 473 theaters. The Sundance standout is arguably the best new release of the week and time will tell if Roadside/Vertical decide to expand its rollout. Lastly, James Ponsoldt’s (The Spectacular Now) new coming of age film, Summering, released in just 260 theaters. The film grossed $31,317 for a per-theater average of just $120.