Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ Tops Box Office Charts

Audiences responded with a resounding “yep” to Jordan Peele’s sci-fi thriller “Nope,” which topped the box office with its $44 million debut.

Those ticket sales were slightly below projections of $50 million and fall between the results of Peele’s first two films, 2017’s “Get Out” (which opened at $33 million) and 2019’s “Us” ( which opened at $71 million). “No” may not have cemented a new box office record for Peele, but it does demonstrate the director’s popularity in film and marks a solid start for an original, R-rated horror film. In fact, it This is the highest opening weekend tally for an original film since “Us” debuted more than three years ago. Yes, that includes Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which debuted with $41 million in July 2019.

“The opening isn’t as big as ‘Us’, but it’s still hugely impressive,” says David A. Gross, who runs film consultancy Franchise Entertainment Research. “The weekend figure is well above average for the genre.”

It’s worth noting that Peele’s second feature, ‘Us,’ a chilling tale about menacing look-alikes, had a particularly big opening weekend as it followed the runaway success of award-winning ‘Get Out’. ‘an Oscar. After his directorial debut captured the zeitgeist of scary while encouraging audiences to think, the filmmaker’s fans were more than a little eager to watch Peele’s next mind-bending nightmare. Although Peele still has outsized goodwill with audiences, box office expectations for “No,” another anxiety-provoking social thriller, should have been relatively a bit more earthly.

“No” cost $68 million, which is significantly more than “Get Out” (with its meager $4.5 million budget) and “We” (with its $20 million budget). The film will therefore require a bit more cash than Peele’s previous films to turn a profit, and word of mouth will be key. “Get Out” and “Us” were huge hits in theaters, each grossing $255 million at the worldwide box office. “No” doesn’t open at the international box office until mid-August.

‘Nope’ reunites Peele with ‘Get Out’ star Daniel Kaluuya — and adds Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun to the mix — in the story of siblings who live in a ravine in California and try to uncover video evidence of a UFO. Critics adored “Nope,” which holds an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences gave the film a “B” grade, the same CinemaScore as “Us.”

Universal’s president of national distribution, Jim Orr, points out that “No” appeals to all demographics; according to exit polls, 35% of ticket buyers were Caucasian, 20% were Hispanic, 33% were African American, and 8% were Asian. He says it’s a good sign in terms of his theatrical run.

“We are thrilled with the results this weekend,” Orr said. “Jordan Peele is an incredible talent. His movies are layered, thought-provoking, and ridiculously entertaining.

Since “Nope” was the only new movie to open this weekend, several remaining titles topped the North American box office charts.

Disney’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” slipped to second place after two weeks at the top spot. The Marvel Adventure added $22.1 million (a 53% drop) from 4,370 locations, bringing the film’s domestic tally to $276.2 million. Globally, the fourth “Thor” film has grossed $598 million and will soon cross the $600 million mark. It has already surpassed at least one of its predecessors, 2011’s “Thor” ($449 million worldwide), and it is expected to soon surpass 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World” ($644 million worldwide). However, there’s still some way to go to match (or beat) 2017’s charmer “Thor: Ragnarok” ($853 million).

Another Universal film, “Minions: The Rise of Gru” took third place with $17.7 million from 3,816 theaters. After four weeks on the big screen, the family-friendly animated film has grossed $297.8 million in North America and $640.2 million worldwide.

Sony’s literary adaptation “Where the Crawdads Sing” landed at No. 4 with $10.33 million from 3,650 locations. With its better-than-expected debut last weekend, the mystery drama has amassed $38.3 million to date.

“Where the Crawdads Sing” beat “Top Gun: Maverick” by a hair. Paramount’s hit sequel grossed $10 million from 3,160 theaters in its ninth weekend of release, bringing its domestic total to $635 million. “Maverick” recently overtook “The Avengers” ($623.3 million) to become the ninth highest-grossing film in domestic box office history. Given that the “Top Gun” sequel grossed no less than $10 million in a single weekend, industry pundits believe the film has enough juice to hit the slots soon. ° 7 and 8, which belong to “Titanic” with 659 million dollars and “Jurassic”. World” with $653 million.

At the independent box office, A24’s “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” continues to grow at a snail’s pace. The film, on a resilient one-inch-tall seashell (voiced by Jenny Slate), collected $846,950 from 590 theaters, its highest theatrical tally yet. So far, “Marcel” has grossed $2.8 million.

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