LOS ANGELES – Horror film “The Invitation” needed just $7 million to top the weakest weekend of the summer at the North American box office, according to studio estimates sunday.

Directed and co-written by Jessica M. Thompson and starring “Game of Thrones” actress Nathalie Emmanuel, “The Invitation” tells the story of a young woman who, after the death of her mother, discovers dark secrets in his family home in the English countryside.

It debuted on 3,141 screens for Sony and cost just $10 million to manufacture.

Sony also had the No. 2 movie starring the Brad Pitt vehicle “Bullet Train,” which grossed an estimated $5.6 million from 3,513 screens in its fourth week, bringing its domestic total to 78.2 million. dollars.

Universal’s “Beast,” starring Idris Elba, finished third with $4.9 million in its second week, after grossing $11.6 million and placing second in its premiere.

Elba was also the star of the week’s other big debut, ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing,’ the fantasy epic from ‘Mad Max’ director George Miller, which grossed just $2.9 million. across 2,436 screens and finished a distant and disappointing seventh.

The lagging results were no big surprise for this time of year.

“We’re in what is often the typical August downturn before Labor Day weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “That was to be expected given the movie lineup this weekend.”

Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” remained fourth in its 14th weekend in theaters with an additional $4.8 million. It has grossed over $691 million in North America to date, making it the sixth highest-grossing domestic release of all time.

Last week’s No. 1, “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero” dipped to No. 5 in its second weekend with $4.6 million after grossing $20.1 million on its debut.

In total, the weekend saw around $52.7 million in North American ticket sales – the slowest in months. A strong summer has meant the year-to-date box office is still up significantly from a tepid 2021, but a long drought awaits us until a new wave of expected big revenue such as “Halloween Ends” and “Black Adam”, both of which will be released in October.

Amid the quiet period at the box office, movie tickets will cost just $3 at the vast majority of U.S. theaters as part of a new “National Movie Day” on Saturday. Major chains, including AMC and Regal Cinemas, are participating, as well as all major movie studios.

Estimated Friday-Sunday ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final national figures will be released on Monday.

1. “The Invitation,” $7 million.

2. “Bullet Train,” $5.6 million.

3. “Beast,” $4.9 million.

4. “Top Gun: Maverick,” $4.8 million.

5. ‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Heroes’, $4.6 million.

6. “DC League of Super-Pets,” $4.2 million.

7. “Three Thousand Years of Nostalgia,” $2.9 million

8. “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” $2.74 million.

9. “Thor: Love and Thunder,” $2.7 million.

10. “Where the Crawdads Sing,” $2.3 million