Barbarian & Brahmastra Lead Mediocre Weekend


Disney led the way at the domestic box office with Barbarian (20th Century Studios), which earned $10 million in its first week of release, and Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, which hauled in $4.4 million in its debut frame. The latter also took in $19.5 million from India and the UK, per Deadline, which means Brahmastra kicked off its run with $26.5 million globally.

Barbarian, an R-rated horror film that earned stellar reviews from critics, came in higher than expected, but wasn’t enough to propel the weekend beyond ho-hum results.

Ironically, the Mouse House opted to release what might have been a decent-sized hit, Pinocchio, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, on Disney+. The live-action remake wasn’t particularly loved by critics, but name value and star power might have given the theatrical marketplace a much-needed kick at this point in the year.

Elsewhere, Top Gun: Maverick passed Frozen II to become the No. 11 all-time grossing film worldwide and remains within firing distance of Furious 7, but odds are Tom Cruise’s blockbuster has finally run out of gas after accumulating a gargantuan $1.453 billion worldwide.

Looking ahead, it’s possible we don’t see a decent-sized hit until Halloween Ends on October 14. Yikes.

Top 10 Domestic Box Office Results

  1. Barbarian, $10M (2,340 theaters) — $10M total (Week 1)
  2. Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, $4.4M (801 theaters) — $4.4M (Week 1)
  3. Bullet Train, $3.250M (3,056 theaters) — $92.544M (Week 6)
  4. Top Gun: Maverick, $3.170M (3,005 theaters) — $705M (Week 16)
  5. DC League of Super-Pets, $2.835M (3,043 theaters) — $85.421M (Week 7)
  6. The Invitation, $2.620M (3,117 theaters) — $18.846M (Week 3)
  7. Lifemark, $2.212M (1,531 theaters) — $2.212M (Week 1)
  8. Beast, $1.800M (2,793 theaters) — $29.376M (Week 4)
  9. Minions: The Rise of Gru, $1.650M (2,274 theaters) — $362.331M (Week 11)
  10. Spider-Man: No Way Home, $1.3M (3,215 theaters) — $8.555M (Week 2)

(Box office results via Box Office Mojo)



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