This weekend was the weakest one since May 2021.
The Invitation and its $7 million in ticket sales topped a quiet domestic weekend box office that was the weakest since the COVID-19 pandemic was keeping people at home in May 2021.
As reported by Variety, the Saw film Spiral was the winning film in May 2021 and it only garnered $4.5 million. The Invitation only managed to earn a bit more than that and was part of a wider domestic weekend box office that totaled $52.7 million in ticket sales.
The coming weeks look to also be relatively quiet at the movies, as some of the big hitters left in the next couple of months consist of September 23's Don't Worry Darling, October 14's Halloween Ends, and October 21's Black Adam.
As for The Invitation, the film only cost $10 million to produce and, while it only added another $1.6 million overseas, it should be able to at least recoup the cost.
In our The Invitation review, we said that it “represents everything that makes for a middle-of-the-road vampire experience, but doesn’t deserve to be wholly written off.”
Bullet Train placed second with $5.6 million, bringing its domestic total to $78 million and global tally to $173.4 million. Idris Elba's Beast followed for a third-place finish with $4.7 million and Top Gun: Maverick continued its reign at the theaters with $4.75 million. Rounding out the top five was Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero with $4.45 million, a 78% decline from last weekend.
George Miller's Three Thousand Years of Longing was one of the only other new films this weekend and it only managed to earn $2.87 million despite its $60 million production budget. John Boyega's Breaking also disappointed at the theaters by bringing in just $1.022 million.
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