- The Invitation (review)- $7M
I’ve said before that weekends this barren are becoming more commonplace, but it’s ridiculous to have one in what is typically a busy part of summer. Topping the charts with a pathetic $7M is The Invitation, Jessica M. Thompson’s Gothic horror starring Nathalie Emmanuel as a New York woman who discovers her long-lost blood-blood fam are actually a coven of vampires. This is the rare case of a #1 movie earning below $10M, and we might see another one next week with Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul the only major release.
2. Bullet Train– $5.6M/$78.2M
3. Beast– $4.9M/$20M
4. Top Gun: Maverick– $4.7M/$691.2M
5. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero- $4.5M/$30.7M
The Dragon Ball fans came out in droves for the opening weekend of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. And predictably, the film fell 78% in week 2, but with $30M so far it’s already the highest-grossing domestic release for the anime franchise ever.
6. DC League of Super-Pets– $4.2M/$74M
7. Three Thousand Years of Longing (review)- $2.8M
The other major new release this week was George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing. The surreal fantasy-romance pairs up Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, the latter’s second movie in the top 10, in a fable about a solitary woman who gets a new lease on life when she frees a djinn from a bottle and is granted three wishes. Miller, who directed Mad Max: Fury Road back in 2015, made this his first film before embarking on a sequel to that apocalyptic classic. His name carries a lot of weight, but clearly not enough to create much crossover appeal.
8. Minions: The Rise of Gru– $2.74M/$354.7M
9. Thor: Love & Thunder– $2.7M/$336.5M
10. Where the Crawdads Sing– $2.3M/$81.8M