Sonys Bullet Train held the top spot for the second week running in the North American box office industry watcher Exhibitor Relations estimated Sunday during a relatively flat mid August period of moviegoing.As the last major studio release of the summer the action thriller starring Brad Pitt pulled in $13.4 million less than half its take the previous week but still nearly doubling up on its closest competitor.Pitt who plays a professional assassin on a Japanese train seemingly loaded with them heads a cast that includes Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Latin music star Bad Bunny as well as Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in bit roles.
Holding second spot was former number one DC League of Super Pets Warner Bros. animated film which pairs the likes of Superman and other action heroes with furry partners. It earned $7.2 million.Jumping back up three spots to third was Top Gun Maverick Paramounts long awaited and extremely popular Tom Cruise sequel. It pulled in $7.1 million for an eye popping $674 million in worldwide ticket sales over the past 11 weeks.Fourth spot went to Disneys action comedy Thor Love and Thunder at $5.3 million. It stars Chris Hemsworth as the uber muscular space Viking who pines for his ex-girlfriend Natalie Portman. It has now eclipsed $325 million worldwide.
Following closely in fifth was Universals Nope also at $5.3 million. The sci fi horror flick boosted by the involvement of popular writer director Jordan Peele stars Daniel Kaluuya.Overall domestic releases are gradually getting back on track since the coronavirus pandemic hammered the industry but the schedule remains relatively thin according to Franchise Entertainment Researchs box office newsletter.Theres no question the total box office would be bigger with more studio releases it said.