Even though Bullet Train, directed by David Leitch, has been playing in cinemas for more than a few weeks, it is still unclear whether or not audiences will enjoy the stylish action movie. Bullet Train, which reportedly cost $90 million to produce, has made about $70 million locally and during the last weekend surpassed $150 million internationally.
If Bullet Train performs similarly to director David Leitch’s last picture Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, it will finish its domestic theatrical run with close to $100 million. The Lost City, a popular action-comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum and including Bullet Train actor Brad Pitt in a well-publicized extended cameo, is now performing on pace with the movie’s current box office standings. Despite having a stated budget of little under $70 million, The Lost City concluded its run with over $100 million locally and almost $200 million globally.
In return, Bullock made her own cameo in the film Bullet Train, which also stars Michael Shannon, Bad Bunny, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Michael Shannon. On opening day, viewers gave the movie a B+ CinemaScore, although opinions weren’t unanimous. Ross Bonaime of Collider described the movie as “knowingly ludicrous” and “has lots of fun with the insane lengths it can go.”
After Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which earned $374 million worldwide in 2019 and included Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, and director Quentin Tarantino, Bullet Train is Pitt’s first significant box office success. Pitt’s final above-the-title performance was in James Gray’s intellectual science fiction drama Ad Astra, which cost around the same as Bullet Train but brought in $135 million worldwide.
Leitch was, incidentally, formerly Pitt’s backup stuntman. With the first John Wick film, he made his uncredited directorial debut. He later directed the spy thriller Atomic Blonde, which was a small smash, earning $100 million worldwide against a rumored $30 million budget. Deadpool 2 and Hobbs & Shaw, which together have made $785 million worldwide, are Leitch’s two biggest box office successes. If you remember, Pitt had a standout appearance in the latter movie.
It’s safe to say that Bullet Train is the summer’s last major release, and its apparent underperformance has ended what had been an especially successful run at the box office. Additionally, there wasn’t much opposition for it to face. Realistically, the next several weeks might be bleak until September 23, when Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling opens in theatres. Smaller films, such as the Idris Elba-starring Beast and George Miller’s curiously positioned Three Thousand Years of Longing, will, nevertheless, keep audiences entertained. Visit this page to watch our interview with Leitch, and follow Collider for additional news.