‘The Invitation’ tops weekend at box office

‘The Invitation’ tops weekend at box office

‘The Invitation’ tops weekend at box office

New Sony horror filmThe Invitation” topped the North American box office this weekend despite extremely weak ticket sales of just $7 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported on Aug. 28.

Its estimated total for the Friday-through-Sunday period was the lowest first-place finish in 15 months and came on what Variety called a “catastrophically slow weekend,” as Hollywood’s healthy June and July numbers have dropped off in August.

Fortunately for Sony, “The Invitation” cost a mere $10 million to produce. “Reviews are poor,” analyst David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research said, “but that isn’t necessarily a deterrent” in the horror genre.

Nathalie Emmanuel and Thomas Doherty star in the Dracula-inspired tale.

In second, up one spot from last weekend, was Sony’s action-thriller “Bullet Train,” at $5.6 million. Brad Pitt stars in the story of a perilous journey on a train overloaded with assassins.

Third place went to action-adventure “Beast,” from Universal Pictures, at $4.9 million. Idris Elba stars as a recently widowed man who takes his daughters on safari only to be hunted by a huge rogue lion.

“Top Gun: Maverick” continued to defy gravity, drawing in $4.8 million in its 14th week out for a fourth-place finish.

But last weekend’s top film, “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” from Crunchyroll, seems to have flown into a wall. Its ticket sales dropped 78 percent from its opening weekend, to a fifth-place showing of just $4.6 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were “DC League of Super-Pets” ($4.2 million), “Three Thousand Years of Longing” ($2.9 million), “Minions: The Rise of Gru” ($2.7 million), “Thor: Love and Thunder” ($2.7 million) and “Where the Crawdads Sing” ($2.3 million).