Box Office Report for the Weekend of August 21

The summer movie season is slowly coming to a close, and studios are releasing some middle-of-the-road blockbusters in hopes that they make a bit of money. One of those is Baltasar Kormákur‘s Beast, which has greatly underperformed at the box office this weekend. Starring Idris Elba and Sharlto Copley, this week’s “big” blockbuster only raked in about $11.5 million domestically against a $36 million budget. Now that’s not terrible, but it’s certainly not the debut the film expected, especially because it contains Elba punching a lion in the face. That alone should’ve sold out every single theater possible.

Orphan: First Kill opened in twelfth position with a meager $1.6 million. Though the film also got a release on Paramount+ and on video-on-demand, it did not get a strong marketing push from Paramount when its first trailer was released last month. Still, it made that amount of money in only 498 theatres, which is quite impressive, but it should’ve been released in more cinemas. Critical reviews were mixed, but the film is getting strong word-of-mouth, with some on social media even calling it a “trashterpiece.”

The big winner this weekend comes from Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the twenty-first film of Akira Toriyama‘s Dragon Ball saga. The film is already a huge success in Japan, but a domestic IMAX release helped it make a terrific $20 million in American cinemas this weekend. It was the first Dragon Ball film that predominantly used 3D animation, and the results are staggering to watch on the big screen.

Another movie that benefited from an IMAX re-release was Top Gun: Maverick, still making money with a $5.8 million tally. This week, it has surpassed Avengers: Infinity War‘s box office growth, now making it the sixth highest-grossing movie in United States history. Here’s the full list of top ten films for the week:

  1. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (Crunchyroll): $20.1M – 3,018 theatres
  2. Beast (Universal): $11.5M – 3,743 theatres
  3. Bullet Train (Sony): $8.0M (-40.3%) – 3,781 theatres
  4. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount): $5.8M (-17.1%) – 2,969 theatres
  5. DC League of Super-Pets (Warner Bros/DC) – $5.7M (-17.5%) – 3,537 theatres
  6. Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney): $4.0M (-25%) – 2,755 theatres
  7. Nope (Universal): $3.5M (-33.8%) – 2,381 theatres
  8. Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal): $3.5M (-29.6%) – 2,654 theatres
  9. Where the Crawdads Sing (Sony): $3.1M (-21.3%) – 2,608 theatres
  10. Bodies Bodies Bodies (A24): $2.4M (-22.9%) – 2,541 theatres

Source: Box Office Mojo


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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