‘Barbarian’ is a top film amid late summer box office doldrums

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Director Zach Cregger poses alongside actors Georgina Campbell and Justin Long during a screening of

Director Zach Cregger poses alongside actors Georgina Campbell and Justin Long at a screening of ‘Barbarian’. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (TBEN) — The horror film “Barbarian” won the weekend, bringing in $10 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, as the late-summer doldrum continued at the box office.

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

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

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The barely noticeable numbers were expected in an almost always sluggish September, with the bigger movies of the fall and the holiday season many weeks away. “Barbarian” nearly recouped its $10.5 million budget in its first weekend and accounted for nearly a quarter of the theater’s total revenue.

“On a weekend when the general checkout is pretty low, the top $10 million is a really solid number for this market,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for data company Comscore. “Horror movies are always an accountant’s dream, and here’s why.”

A distant second, but seen on just 810 screens, was “Brahmāstra: Part One: Shiva,” an Indian Hindi-language fantasy epic from Star Studios, another Disney subsidiary.

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

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The long-running Hollywood fare, “Bullet Train” and “Top Gun: Maverick”, occupy the three and four spots.

“Bullet Train” has grossed $92.5 million in six weeks and “Top Gun: Maverick” has made $705.7 million in 16 weeks. It now ranks as the fifth highest-grossing domestic film of all time, just behind “Avatar” and just ahead of “Black Panther,” and is the largest ever North American earner not part of a science fiction or superhero franchise.

“This movie puts superhero figures down,” said Dergarabedian.

More quiet weeks will likely lie ahead before a wave of expected high earners, including ‘Halloween Ends’ and ‘Black Adam’, arrive in October.

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

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. The final domestic figures will be announced on Monday.

1. “Barbarian”, $10 million.

2. “Brahmastra Part One: Shiva,” $4.4 Million.

3. “Bullet Train”, $3.25 million.

4. “Top Gun: Maverick,” $3.2 million.

5. “DC League of Super-Pets,” $2.8 million.

6. “The Invitation,” $2.6 million.

7. “Brand of Life,” $2.2 million.

8. “Beast”, $1.8 million.

9. “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” $1.65 million.

10. “Spider Man: No Way Home,” $1.3 million.

This article originally appeared on The Bharat Express News and has been updated.