The Domestic Box Office Total for ‘Bullet Train’ Thunders Past $100 Million
Sony’s Bullet Train, which premiered on PVOD earlier this week, has broken the $100 million domestic box office barrier in its ninth weekend of release. The action film, which was essentially the summer’s final major release, did well throughout the course of the last few months thanks to the relatively calm marketplace.
The picture, directed by David Leitch, opened on August 5 and earned $30 million worldwide. With a stated $90 million budget and over $130 million in outside countries, Bullet Train has generated just over $230 million worldwide. The elegant action film starring Brad Pitt in his genre return to box office success, but not spectacular. Mr. & Mrs. Smith, starring Pitt and Angelina Jolie, earned over $480 million worldwide.
This year’s romantic comedy adventure The Lost City, in which Pitt had a substantial role, has done about as well as Bullet Train. The picture, which featured Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, grossed over $100 million in North America and almost $190 million internationally. Bullet Train also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon, and Bad Bunny, and they were all kind enough to make cameo appearances for Bullock and Tatum in return.
Pitt plays an assassin named Ladybug in the film, which is based on the 2010 novel Maria Beetle by Japanese novelist Ktar Isaka. In the film, Pitt faces off against the most “lethal adversaries from around the world” on the world’s fastest train in modern-day Japan. Visually stunning yet ultimately lacking in entertainment value. Beyond its unnecessarily complicated plot, Bullet Train is repetitive and often foolish, but it delights in the kind of caveman-brain excitement that one gets from an action film like this, according to a review by the site’s own Ross Bonaime.
Also, compared to Leitch’s previous feature, the comparably dense (but just as elegant) Atomic Blonde, which topped out with $100 million worldwide on a much smaller budget, this one has the lowest gross. His two most recent films, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and Deadpool 2, grossed $760 million and $785 million globally. He was, incidentally, once employed as Pitt’s stunt double.
On September 27th, Bullet Train was released digitally. On October 18, you may buy the 4K UHD version, as well as the Blu-ray and DVD versions. Read the summary of the film and watch our interview with Leitch below. Keep checking back with Collider for the latest information.