This is our final SMP weekend preview for 2022, and none of the new releases are projected to pull in more than $9M. Not even the lone remaining selection by one of our players, Samaritan, which might just earn the Bonehead Award for Justin Kane if it claims any box office.

The real drama in this final weekend is if Nope can earn just enough to move ahead of Lightyear for the #7 spot, which would heavily impact the Deviation Score of our leaders. As of Wednesday 8/24, Box Office Mojo lists Nope at $115.07M and Lightyear at $118.27M. 7 full days remain in the SMP.’s predictions for this weekend:
1) The Invitation – 9M (9M)
2) Beast – 6.4M (22.2M)
3) Bullet Train – 5.7M (78.4M)
4) Top Gun: Maverick – 5.5M (692.4M)
5) DC League of Super-Pets – 5M (75.4M)
6) Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero – 4.8M (31.6M)
7) Thor: Love and Thunder – 3.4M (337.5M)
8) Minions: The Rise of Gru – 3.3M (355.8M)
9) Three Thousand Years of Longing – 3M (3M)
10) Where the Crawdads Sing – 2.6M (82.3M)

Rotten Tomatoes freshness ratings (Critics / Audience Score):
The Invitation = 23% / 50%
Three Thousand Years of Longing = 65% / n/a
Breaking = 78% / n/a
Samaritan = 39% / n/a

Theater count:
The Invitation = 3,114
Three Thousand Years of Longing = 2,436
Breaking = 902
Samaritan = n/a

CinemaScore ratings:
The Invitation = C
Three Thousand Years of Longing = B
Breaking = n/a
Samaritan = n/a

– SB

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