Box Office: The Invitational leads the slowest weekend of the summer

Box Office Mojo just put up friday’s box office numbers and guys, it’s not pretty. PG13 horror movie The invitation leads the box office this weekend with a lower-than-expected take between $6-7 million. I predicted this would open under $10 million, but didn’t expect it to go as low as it is. Given the genre and rating, a $10 million-plus opening would have been a decent number for a film that will likely find most of its audience on streaming, but ultimately, this one is early on providing a biographical insight.

That said, it’s still faring much better than any other new release this weekend. Even with a modest $4.5 million prediction, George Miller’s 3000 years of longing comes in even lower with an expected $2.9 million. Critical reception didn’t paint it as a rush to the theater kind of movie, and audiences seem to agree.

Three Thousand Years of Longing, clip, Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba

According to Deadlines estimates, the weekend box office is expected to gross just $54 million in total, marking the lowest weekend since January and easily the worst of the summer. However, it’s worth noting that the last weekend before Labor Day is usually seen as a burn-off weekend. Things aren’t looking much rosier for the Labor Day weekend. Last year, in a unique piece of programming, we got Marvel’s Shang-Chi, which had a mega opening, but this year we have a re-release of Steven Spielberg’s Jawsas well as an extended section of Spider-Man: No Way Home. It will be interesting to see how both do.

The big miss this weekend is Amazon’s decision not to release the Sylvester Stallone movie Samaritans theatrical. Stallone’s star power alone could have easily taken the superhero movie to number one.

Don’t forget to check back with us on Sunday when we give a full breakdown of this weekend’s abysmal box office numbers.

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