Bullet Train, a stylized action film, was released on Friday, after $4.6 million in Thursday previews. The studio is still anticipating a $30 million opening weekend, although the film may fall short of expectations by around $2 million. The film is currently playing in over 4,300 domestic locations.
Bullet Train received a B+ CinemaScore from audience on opening day, the same grade as Kingsman: The Secret Service in 2014. After grossing over $400 million internationally, it spawned a franchise after its premiere with around $36 million. It was produced on a budget of $90 million, roughly the same amount as Sony spent on Bullet Train before printing and advertising.
Bullet Train has an exciting ensemble, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Quentin Tarantino, and Margot Robbie. The film's debut is in line with the $30 million that The Lost City made last year, which legged it to $100 million domestically.
After a $3.3 million Friday, Warner Bros' DC League of Super-Pets will take the second spot, a 64% decrease from its opening weekend. The $90 million animated film's current domestic total is less than $40 million, despite Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart's combined power behind the microphones. However, the film did have to contend with the runaway holdover hit Minions: The Rise of Gru, which is expected to win the fifth spot this weekend, bringing its domestic total to
Nope, starring Jordan Peele, will take the third spot with an estimated $8 million weekend. The film will surpass Thor: Ragnarok at the domestic box office sometime next week, marking the third film in a row for Peele, who is perhaps one of the most well-known filmmakers working today.
Universals Easter Sunday, the week's other new release, ranked outside the top 10 with an estimated $5 million weekend, but it's still going to be difficult to recover it in its theatrical run. Also, A24s Bodies Bodies Bodies Bodies is currently at the second-best per-theater average of the year (for those territories) behind A24s' Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Bullet Train is the last major tentpole of the summer movie season, so there will be no incoming traffic in the next couple of weeks. You may watch our interview with Leitch here, and follow Collider for more updates.