We are nearing the end of summer, but there are still a few summer releases on the horizon. This is the case with Gran Turismo, the adaptation of the legendary racing video game that finally hit theaters on August 25th in the United States. The movie aims to compete with several other summer blockbusters… but how did its premiere fare?
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the film has performed quite well. In its premiere, it achieved a domestic box office of $17.3 million, surpassing other debuts of similar films like Blue Beetle. Additionally, with this figure, it has managed to surpass the reigning champion for weeks: Barbie. In its sixth weekend, Barbie raked in $17.1 million, trailing slightly behind Gran Turismo.
A movie based on the most popular racing video game
Despite having surpassed Barbie, this figure comes with a bit of a catch. Obviously, it’s a good number that marks an interesting race for Gran Turismo’s trajectory, but it’s far from achieving Barbie’s accomplishments, as it nearly matches its achievement after six weeks in theaters.
The Sony film is based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough. It’s the tale of a teenager who plays Gran Turismo and, thanks to his video game skills, wins a series of Nissan contests to become a professional racing driver.
Despite being somewhat exaggerated, the movie aims to become a benchmark for all those gamers who dream of taking their hobby to the next level. Undoubtedly, it will be an inspiration for many and has a very clear target audience. However, it remains to be seen whether it performs equally well in the rest of the world as it did in the United States.
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