Once again, Jordan Peele is box office gold, as his newest film Nope easily opened in first place this weekend with a very solid $44M. While it wasn’t as much as the $71.1M debut for his prior movie Us, it did outpace the $33.3M opening for Get Out. This certainly proves that Peele is a horror brand and a force at the box office.
Nope had good reviews and event film status, so a strong start was virtually guaranteed. Being one of the few original properties in the marketplace sure didn’t hurt either. A CinemaScore of B might seem a bit low, but it’s about where horror titles generally tend to wind up, and Peele’s latest did seem to be courting the occasional divisive reaction. The weeks ahead will be interesting for this one, as we see if it has the legs his prior two directorial efforts had.
Interestingly, every other film from last week’s top ten, aside from Lightyear (which dropped down to twelfth place), just moved down one spot. So, we have Thor: Love and Thunder in second place, Minions: The Rise of Gru in third, Where the Crawdads Sing in fourth, and Top Gun: Maverick rounding out the top five.
Just outside of the top ten, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On continued to expand and taken in solid business, with another $800K and change.
Here’s the full list of top 10 films for the week:
- Nope (Universal): $44M – 3,785 theaters
- Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney): $22.1M (-52.6%) – 4,370 theaters
- Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal): $17.7M (-34%) – 3,816 theaters
- Where the Crawdads Sing (Sony): $10.3M (-40.1%) – 3,650 theaters
- Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount): $10M (-18.7%) – 3,160 theaters
- Elvis (Warner Bros): $6.2M (-21.3%) – 2,028 theatres
- Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (Paramount): $3.8M (-38.7%) – 3,481 theaters
- The Black Phone (Universal): $3.4M (-35.8%) – 2,055 theaters
- Jurassic World Dominion (Universal): $2.9M (-42.5%) – 2,167 theaters
- Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (Focus Features): $1.3M (-30.9%) – 1,001 theaters
Source: Box Office Mojo