BOX OFFICE: “Bullet Train” rolls up another $12.5, “Bodies,” “Fall” and “Mack & Rita” underwhelm

A lack of wide-appeal new contenders means that “Bullet Train” should run away with the top spot at the box office on its second weekend of release.

Based on Friday’s numbers, it should manage $12-13 this weekend, clear the $50 million mark and by next weekend we’ll know if Brad Pitt’s got a chance at having a $100 million hit on his hands. Not bad for a pandemic movie filmed inside “tubes” on a soundstage.

“Top Gun: Maverick” jumped back on IMAX screens and back into the top five, $6.5 million.

A24’s hopes that “Bodies Bodies Bodies” would give them a youth-oriented “Knives Out/Death on the Nile” sized hit are taking it right on the chin. Good reviews aren’t getting the kids to show up as it goes into wider release. A $3 million weekend, based on a $1.3 million Friday, says

Perhaps Pete Davidson isn’t a movie star. Perhaps he ditched the attention-magnet Kardashian connection a tad early. He’s not bad in the movie, and gets killed off early, “giving the audience what they want,” I joked in my review. Kids these days, who knows what they’ll show up for?

(Rachel Sennott of “Shiva Baby” and Lee Pace compete to see who STEALs this picture).

“Fall” is, it turns out, the only Lionsgate wide theatrical release of the summer. It’s pretty good, didn’t cost a lot, with supporting player Jeffrey Dean Morgan the only “name” in the cast. Unless the younger audience finds it Sat. and Sunday, it’s headed for a $2 million/tops opening weekend.

The Indian “Forrest Gump” titled “Laal Singh” is on over 500 screens, and Exhibitor Relations says it’ll hit $1.5 million.

“Mack & Rita” is a Diane Keaton/Elizabeth Lail body switch comedy. If the younger crowd is going “Who?” about DK, imagine the puzzlement of the rest of the world trying to figure out who Lail is. Hollywood ought to be cooking up Taylour Paige vehicles. She should be the star and not BFF in this one. Terrible reviews (mine was more indifferent) aren’t going to give this one the chance to clear $850K.

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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