‘Bullet Train’ Heads for $30M Opening – The Hollywood Reporter

David Leitch’s bullet train easily topped the Friday chart with an opening day gross of $12.6 million, including $4.6 million in Thursday previews.

Brad Pitt leads a star-studded cast in this story of a hit man who roams a Japanese high-speed train. Other names on the marquee include Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon and Sandra Bullock.

Sony, which has launched an aggressive marketing campaign hoping to spark interest, sees a domestic debut in the $30 million range. Critics haven’t really embraced it bullet train, which currently has a 53 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The public awarded the film a B+ CinemaScore.

bullet train is the last major studio offering of the summer, putting more strain on the film’s performance. In general, the summer box office season lasts until Labor Day, but the delays due to the pandemic continue and studios are seeing some of their films delayed in post-production.

The other new offering of the weekend is Jay Chandrasekhar’s comedy Easter Sundaystarring Jo Koy as a struggling actor and comedian who attends a raucous holiday meal with his Filipino family.

Easter Sunday is on track for a $5 million debut after earning $2 million on Friday, in line with expectations.

Jimmy O. Yang, Tia Carrere, Brandon Wardell, Eva Noblezada, Lydia Gaston, Asif Ali, Rodney To, Tiffany Haddish and Lou Diamond Phillips star in the Universal film.

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