They were expecting lower, 30-35M
It's still a very low take for a movie that cost over 200 million to make - usually they'd be expecting I'd guess a 60 million dollar take for it to be seen as a success. But, as Lil Timmy was saying to me on Messenger yesterday - the streaming of the movie fucks up the usual math when it comes to determining if a movie has a successful box office opening weekend.
I'm not complaining - I'm a bit surprised.
James Wan takes a jump back from the F7 and Aquaman blockbusters and gets back to some seriously pulpy b grade 80's and 90's videostore shelf horror. It isn't scary in the least - it's more a case of wanting to figure out the twist to the movie. And, when revealed, the twist will cause you to either go with it despite the absurdity of the reveal, or completely roll your eyes and figure you'll watch the rest since you're already and hour and 15 minutes in and there's only a half hour to twenty minutes left.
I half heartedly endorse this movie - it's like the bonkers twist that Orphan provided, but stealing an idea from a very famous sci fi film of the 90's. If you liked Orphan, there's a chance you might like this.
Bullet Train is another movie that has a lot going for it - based on a clever novel, exotic locale, some well drawn out characters with a great cast to compliment it, the director of Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2 and co directed the first John Wick movie, but comes up less than the sum of it's parts. It's a movie that is a bit too clever for it's own good - a bit too snarky in it's tone, while it shamelessly emulates Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie with the clever dialogue and unusual needle drops for music.
It's not terrible by any means - it just feels like a very elaborate knock off of Tarantino and Ritchie but with a lot more blatant contrivances to move the action set pieces along.
That's actually a really apt comparison. It's not too far a distant cousin of Smokin' Aces, and that's not exactly a compliment.Sometimes when these movies go for the black humour/action combo they end up not nailing the landing with the humour and the pacing of great movies that struck a better balance like Get Shorty. So many mistakes made in movies aping that kind of schtick (including the inevitable sequel to Get Shorty).
Trailer for Bullet train reminded me of Smokin' Aces!