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‘Barbarian’ is top film at US box office

Horror film Barbarian has come out on top of the US box office on a sluggish weekend for movie sales.

September 12, 2022
By Andrew Dalton
12 September 2022

The horror film Barbarian won the weekend by bringing in $10 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday, as the late-summer doldrums at the US box office continued.

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

Barbarian tells the story of a young woman, played by Georgina Campbell, who finds her Airbnb-rented house weirdly occupied by a stranger (Bill Skarsgård) in a half-ruined section of Detroit. It goes on to subvert several horror conventions.

The hardly head-turning numbers were expected in a nearly always slow September, with the bigger movies of autumn and the holiday season many weeks away. Barbarian nearly earned back its $10.5 million budget in its first weekend.

Coming in a distant second, but playing on just 810 screens, was Brahmāstra: Part One: Shiva, an Indian, Hindi-language fantasy epic from Star Studios, another subsidiary of Disney.

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

Long-running Hollywood fare, Bullet Train and Top Gun: Maverick, occupied the three and four spots.

Top Gun: Maverick star Tom Cruise. (Marco Ugarte/AP Photo)

Bullet Train has brought in $92.5 million in six weeks and Top Gun: Maverick has earned $705.7 million in 16 weeks and stands as the fifth highest-grossing domestic film of all time.

More quiet weeks likely lie ahead before a surge of expected big earners, including Halloween Ends and Black Adam, arrive in October.

Soon after that, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever kicks off the holiday box office season.

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. Lifemark, $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.

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