Box office: ‘Autumn’ and A24’s ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ opening weekend

After a pretty successful summer season, it’s officially box office dog days.

With no major studio film on the horizon, theater operators are turning to a few smaller, lower-budget horror stories, comedies, and dramas to capitalize on the blockbuster lull. Basically, the next few weeks will be aimed at the rare ticket buyers who are desperate to return to the cinema but aren’t fans of comic book adventures or action tentpoles.

Things will be particularly quiet this weekend with Lionsgate’s action thriller Fall and A24’s satirical slasher Bodies Bodies Bodies as the only new releases nationwide. According to tracking estimates, “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” which is expanding to 1,200 locations, is targeting $2 million to $3 million in domestic ticket sales. Meanwhile, “Fall,” which is debuting in 1,548 North American venues, is estimated to gross $1 million to $2 million between Friday and Sunday.

With those single digit forecasts, last weekend’s champion, Bullet Train, is expected to repeat the #1 spot at the domestic box office. The blood-soaked Sony Pictures photo starring Brad Pitt as the hitman nicknamed Ladybug started at $30.1 million and is expected to add $13-15 million on its second appearance. The R-rated Bullet Train cost $90 million to produce, so it’ll need to gain momentum in the coming weeks to justify its hefty asking price — and to convince studios to keep investing in original films.

Bodies Bodies Bodies has already released in a limited edition with a promising $226,526 from six theaters in New York and Los Angeles. With solid word of mouth and positive reviews, Gen Z-distorted “Bodies Bodies Bodies” seems to be topping “Fall” on the domestic box office charts. However, it will likely get behind holdouts like DC League of Super-Pets, Jordan Peele’s UFO thriller Nope, and Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder.

Featuring the lively ensemble cast of The Hate U Give Amandla Stenberg, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm breakout Maria Bakalova, Shiva Baby star Rachel Sennott and Saturday Night Live Pete Davidson, Bodies Bodies Bodies focuses on the Rich 20-something who plan a deadly hurricane party at a remote family mansion.

There are plenty of options for moviegoers who want to get their palms sweaty. Directed by Scott Mann, Fall is an adrenaline-pumping thriller about best friends Becky and Hunter (Grace Caroline Currey and Virginia Gardner) who climb 2,000 feet to the top of an abandoned radio tower and find themselves stranded with no way down. Although the film received mixed reviews, diversityChief film critic Owen Gleiberman praised “Fall” as a “funny, occasionally cheesy, but mostly brilliantly done thriller.”

“It’s for anyone who’s devoured ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ as well as the fantastic climbing documentaries ‘Free Solo’ and ‘The Dawn Wall’ and want to continue that shaking vicarious high,” he wrote.

Several limited-edition films will be screened, including Diane Keaton’s Gravitas Ventures body-swapping comedy Mack & Rita, Bleecker Street’s coming-of-age drama Summering, and Aubrey Plaza-directed crime thriller Emily the Criminal Roadside attractions and the IFC Film Rogue Agent mystery. Box office: ‘Autumn’ and A24’s ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ opening weekend

Charles Jones

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