It’s the end of August at the movies, with many of its new releases barely making an impression at the domestic box office, as many are returning to school. The Invitation (2022) was the weekend’s number one movie but only grossed $7 million, while George Miller‘s Three Thousand Years of Longing bombed with a $2.8 million opening, out of a $60 million budget! Reviews for Miller’s movie have been mixed (including Joey’s here), but one could agree that the film was quite unmarketable and out of reach for mainstream audiences.
Even the IMAX re-release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which contained a sizzle reel of Andor, only grossed $1.1 million and finished twelfth. However, it was only released in 255 IMAX theatres across the United States, which is considerably good when you put it in that perspective.
Abi Damaris Corbin‘s Breaking also did relatively well, grossing over $1 million in only 902 theatres. The John Boyega-led thriller received stellar reviews (including Joey’s from Sundance here) but didn’t necessarily open wide this week. Here’s hoping it opens in more cinemas in the following weeks for it to gain some legs.
Other summer hits, such as Top Gun: Maverick, Minions: The Rise of Gru, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, couldn’t reach the same level of box office success they once had, signaling the clear shift from the summer movie season to the fall as awards season and fall festivals begin soon.
Here’s the full list of top ten films for the week:
- The Invitation (Sony): $7.0M – 3,114 theatres
- Bullet Train (Sony): $5.6M (-30.2%) – 3,513 theatres
- Beast (Universal): $4.9M (-57.7%) – 3,754 theatres
- Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount): $4.7M (-19.7%) – 2,962 theatres
- Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero (Crunchyroll): $4.5M (-78.4%) – 2,979 theatres
- DC League of Super-Pets (Warner Bros/DC): $4.2M (-25.7%) – 3,284 theatres
- Three Thousand Years of Longing (MGM): $2.8M – 2,436 theatres
- Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal): $2.74M (-26.4%) – 2,494 theatres
- Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney): $2.7M (-33.6%) – 2,450 theatres
- Where the Crawdads Sing (Sony): $2.3M (-27.4%) – 2,216 theatres
Source: Box Office Mojo