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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ Scares Up $44-M Debut

by Paul Ebeling
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“The original sci-fi horror mashup reunites the filmmaker with his ‘Get Out’ star Daniel Kaluuya”–Paul Ebeling

Acclaimed filmmaker Jordan Peele’s newest film, Nope, easily topped the domestic box office in its opening with an estimated $44-M from 3,785 theaters, according to Universal’s weekend estimates.

While that is certainly a solid start, the sci-fi horror adventure pic came in well behind the huge $71-M bow of Peele’s Us in Spring 2019. Either way, Nope still scored the biggest launch for an original studio screenplay since Us after besting the $41-M debut Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which was released in late July 2019.

Nope had been tracking for a domestic debut in the $50-M range heading into the weekend. It pulled in an estimated $19.3-M Friday alone, including a strong $6.4-M in Thursday previews, and continues the rebound at the Y 2022 box office.

Like his previous films, Nope is benefiting from an ethnically diverse audience, with black audiences over-indexing. An estimated 35% of ticket buyers on opening weekend were White, followed by black (33 percent), Latino (20 percent) and Asian (8 percent), according to Universal.

Nope earned a B CinemaScore from audiences, the same grade as Us

Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick, rounding out the Top 5, remained unstoppable. The Tom Cruise movie finished Sunday with a domestic tally of $635.6-M and $1.28-B worldwide.

Focus Features’ specialty offering Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris came in #10 in its 2nd weekend with $847,000 from 1,001 locations for a domestic total of $2.9-M.

Have some fun, see a movie in a theater this week, the chaos is over.

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