BOX OFFICE: “Bullet Train” makes a stop at $30,” Easter Sunday” martyred

Mostly bad to indifferent news at the box office this weekend.

“Nope” is already losing screens. “The League of Super-Pets” is treading water. The only “star comedy” of the summer, the mis-timed “Easter Sunday,” reveals that there is no audience for a Jo Koy laugher, even one with Tiffany Haddish in a sharp and funny cameo.

A marginal Thursday and passable Friday ($12.6 million) pushed Brad Pitt’s jovial and bloody Sony action comedy “Bullet Train” to a 30 million opening.

The studios didn’t do the theater owners any favors this weekend, showing two perfectly marketable and good genre pics — Ron Howard’s “Thirteen Lives” for MGM/Amazon and the 20th Century Pictures “Predator” prequel “Prey” — directly onto Amazon Prime and Hulu, respectively.

I figure they left $25-30 million on the table, just from opening weekend takes, with those two and left the multiplexes high and dry. The two films could have made money into Sept., $100 million between them split with the hard-up movie theaters.

“Easter Sunday” opened wide and barely cleared $5 million. Ouch.

On its second weekend, “Super-Pets” is clearing $10.8-11 and will jog past the $50 million mark next week. Schools are about to open and there’s no sugar coating how limply this one performed. It won’t hit $70.

“Nope” did another $8 million this weekend, and will be in the $100 million club by early next week. Not a blockbuster, not a bomb either. As much as it cost, it will end up barely breaking even, US, International and post theatrical

“Thor: Love & Thunder” have not have been a fan favorite, but it’s over $315 million, thanks to $7.5 this weekend.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” added another $7 million, and it’s sitting pretty at $334, probably heading to $350 by end of summer.

“Top Gun: Maverick” passed “Titanic” on the all-time box office blockbuster list ($662 million in North America alone).

“Where the Crawdads Sing” is hanging around, losing small chunks of its audience each week. A $5.2 million weekend edges it closer to the $70 million mark (crossing that next week).

“Elvis” may yet make it to the $150 million mark in North America with one more decent weekend after this weekend’s $3.72 million. This was a big hit, here and abroad people. Elvis is still The King.

“Black Phone” gets one more weekend in the Top Ten and will finish its run in the $90-93 million range, clearing the $150 million make worldwide.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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