That's how Sony's frightening film "The Invitation" topped box office statistics with a meagre $7 million.

Its victory comes with some fairly meagre bragging rights; it's the lowest first-place finish since May 2021, when COVID kept folks at home.

The lack of compelling options, more than the epidemic, is keeping audiences from visiting cinemas.

Over the weekend, the domestic box office collected only $54 million, the lowest total in months.

What's more, the terrible times are supposed to go on until late September or early October, when "Don't Worry Darling" (Sept. 23), 

"Halloween Ends" (Oct. 14) and the comic book transformation "Dark Adam" (Oct. 21) open in theaters. It's a disheartening finale to a generally solid summer at the films,

 which handled a lot of film industry hits including "Top Gun: Maverick," "Flunkies: The Rise of Gru," "Thor: Love and Thunder" and "Elvis."

and the John Boyega-drove heist show "Breaking" - - additionally opened in films to average outcomes.

"The Invitation" cost $10 million to create, so it won't take a lot of money to make money.