‘Barbarian’ is top movie amid late summer box office slump


Horror film “Barbarian” won the weekend by grossing $10 million, according to studio estimates on September 11, as the late summer box office slump continued.

Director Zach Cregger’s debut from Disney’s 20th Century Studios premiered at San Diego Comic-Con in July and opened September 9 across 2,340 screens.

“Barbarian” tells the story of a young woman (Georgina Campbell) who finds her Airbnb-rented home strangely occupied by a stranger (Bill Skarsgard) in a half-ruined Detroit neighborhood. It goes on to subvert several horror conventions.

The barely staggering numbers were expected in an almost consistently sluggish September, with fall’s biggest movies and the holiday season several weeks away. “Barbarian” nearly recouped its $10.5 million budget in its first weekend and accounted for nearly a quarter of all theatrical revenue.

“Brahmastra: Part One: Shiva,” a Hindi-language Indian fantasy epic from Star Studios, another Disney subsidiary, comes next, but plays on just 810 screens.

The film written and directed by Ayan Mukerji, about a DJ named Shiva who discovers a connection to the element of fire and an ability to awaken a supernatural weapon, made $4.4 million in its first weekend in America. North.

Long-running Hollywood fare, “Bullet Train” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” took up the three and four spots.

“Bullet Train” grossed $92.5 million in six weeks and “Top Gun: Maverick” grossed $705.7 million in 16 weeks. It is now the fifth-highest-grossing domestic film of all time, just behind “Avatar” and just ahead of “Black Panther,” and is the highest-grossing North American non-science franchise. -fiction or superheroes.

Quieter weeks are likely ahead of us before a wave of expected big earners including “Halloween Ends” and “Black Adam” arrive in October.

Shortly after, the sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” kicks off the holiday season at the box office and an even bigger set of expectations.


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