Despite Promising Story and Insane Action Sequences, Brad Pitt’s Bullet Train Becomes Lowest Earner of Summer Box Office Weekends

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During the pandemic, theatres were closed which lead to many of them closing. Many movies have suffered despite the theatre’s opening, with one of them being the action-comedy Bullet Train directed by David Leitch.

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The movie starred veteran actor Hiroyuki Sanada.

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Later when they finally opened, many movies and studios claimed to be the reason why the theatres were revived including Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Top Gun: Maverick starring Tom Cruise.


The unrealized potential of Bullet Train

Despite starring Brad Pitt, who alone has been enough to deliver hit movies such as World War Z,  and Fight Club, Bullet Train is failing to succeed. The failure is even more surprising as the movie is packed with high-paced action and funny scenes, most of which was shot on a train.

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Brad Pitt reportedly did 95% of his own stunts in the film.

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In an interview with Complex, Brad Pitt expanded on the great potential of the script and noted how funny he was, he stated:

“The first thing that was evident about this script and we read it right in the dankest, loneliest part of Covid, was that it was so damn funny and all these characters had their own thing going on so I knew we were going to draw an all-star cast—well, mostly all-star cast”

Bullet Train fails to reach its Box Office destination

Despite starring Brad Pitt, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Sandra Bullock, the movie has suffered the lowest-grossing weekend of the summer among all other movies. It scored a measly $13.1 million, a 55% drop from its opening weekend gross of $30 million.

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The movie was directed by Brad Pitt’s stunt double David Leitch.

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Produced on a budget of $90 million, the film has raked in only $54 million domestically. In theatre with blockbusters like Thor: Love and Thunder and Top Gun: Maverick, the competition is not helping the movie either.

Other Blockbusters on the slate

Amongst the other movies released, Top Gun: Maverick seemed to have faired the best, securing $7.1 million in its 12th weekend, the film has topped off at $673 million. The film is just $5 million away from becoming the sixth-biggest film of all time, a position currently held by Avengers: Infinity War.

Top Gun: Maverick
Top Gun: Maverick is the sequel to Top Gun from 1986.

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Jordan Peele’s Nope cashed in on a large amount too, collecting $62 million in the first week and still going strong. Despite the dominance of streaming sites, some films are still finding some decent success in the theatres.

Bullet Train is now in theatres.


Source: Collider


Written by Nikhil Makwana

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Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.