Box Office: Dragon Ball Super easily beats Beast

The big story this weekend will be that when you have a movie with a niche audience, you don’t have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on marketing to get that audience to show up. Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes easily landed in the top spot with around $20.1 million, including $3.4 million in IMAX tickets alone, making it their highest-grossing anime opening of all time. This is a huge win for animation studio Crunchyroll as it proves they are a studio that truly understands their audience. Of course these dragonball movies are usually preloaded with their fans rushing to see it as soon as possible and usually have big drops the following week with the previous movie in the series – Dragon Ball Super: Broly- posting a drop of nearly 70% in its second weekend. In any case, it certainly wasn’t as much of a battle for number one as we predicted.

Coming in second place is The beast starring Idris Elba as a father protecting his family from a rogue lion. The movie actually held up slightly better on Saturday and Sunday than expected and should end up with just over $11.5 million for the weekend. With no major competition over the next few weeks, it will be interesting to see if this critically decent film has any legs at the box office. Maybe next weekend new version Three thousand years of nostalgia will people be crying out for an Idris Elba double feature?

Losing most of its large premium screens, High-speed train dropped 40% over the weekend with an estimated take of $8 million. It’s a pretty decent take on Brad Pitt’s highly enjoyable film and shows that word of mouth is fueling this one at the box office. And without real “popcorn” action movies in theaters until black adam October 21, High-speed train has the potential to reach the magic $100 million mark in the United States by the end of its theatrical run.

In fourth place was Top Gun: Maverick posting a drop of just 17% from last weekend with an estimated take of $5.85 million. It really was an amazing movie to watch. How can a sequel to a film from nearly 40 years ago come out and completely reinvigorate the box office at a time when some were busy writing movie theater obituaries? First and foremost, you’re making a great movie that demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible. The film is now the 9th highest-grossing film of all time at the global box office and has surpassed Avengers: Infinity War as the 6th highest-grossing domestic release of all time.

Fifth place sees DC League of Super Pets cashing in $5.7 million for a cumulative total of $67.4 million. With a $90 million budget, this Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart-led movie is sure to go down as one of the summer’s big misses.

The rest of the top ten is filled with Thor: Love and Thunder with an estimated $4.031 million, followed by Jordan Peele Nope at $3.55 million, Minions: The Rise of Gru continues its successful run with $3.52 million and a running total of just over $350 million. And you can count on Sony Where the Crawdads sing with a $3.15 million weekend as one of the biggest surprises of the summer with a running domestic total of $77.7 million. Getting to number ten is horror comedy Body Body Body which added theaters this weekend but still lost 23% of its viewership with a weekend estimate of $2.4 million showing that A24’s release may not have the word of mouth stronger than they expected.

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Paramount’s prequel film debuted outside the top ten Orphan: first murder with $1.675 million, which is actually a pretty solid opening considering it also premiered day-and-date on the Paramount+ streaming service.

With no blockbuster films in theaters until October, will you venture into theaters to check out any of the little new releases in the meantime? Let us know in the comments.

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