Jordan Peele’s “Nope” Debuts at No. 1 With $44 Million

Jordan Peele ‘s UFO thriller “Nope” topped the North American charts in its first weekend in theaters with estimated ticket sales of $44 million, Universal Pictures said Sunday. While it doesn’t quite match Us’s $71 million debut, it’s still very impressive for an R-rated original film — and the biggest of the pandemic for an original screenplay.

Nope, which opened in 3,785 theaters across the US and Canada, is the most expensive film Peele has made to date, with a reported production budget of $68 million, not counting marketing and advertising costs. Us cost around $20 million to produce, while Get Out cost just $4.5 million. Both films ultimately grossed over $255 million worldwide.

Critics were mostly positive about ” nope‘, which stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun and pays homage to UFO films such as ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ and ‘Signs’ and currently scores an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.


The film got off to a strong start with $6.4 million from Thursday’s previews. By the end of Friday, it had grossed $19.3 million. Audiences, which varied quite a bit according to exit polls, gave the film a B CinemaScore. Word of mouth will be crucial in the coming weeks.

“Nope” edged out “Thor: Love and Thunder” to second place on its third weekend. The Disney and Marvel blockbuster starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman added $22.1 million, bringing its total to $598.2 million.

Universal’s Minions: The Rise of Gru came in third in its fourth weekend with $17.7 million. The animated image has grossed $640.3 million worldwide.

The Sony-released adaptation of best-selling Where the Crawdads Sing, meanwhile, enjoys a modest dip for its second weekend. Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, the film added an estimated $10.3 million from 3,650 locations. It has now grossed $38.3 million domestically.


Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick completed the top five in its ninth weekend with an additional $10 million. Earlier this week, it overtook The Avengers to become the ninth-biggest domestic release of all time, now grossing $635.6 million.

As a limited release, “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” continued to expand, grossing $846,950 in 590 theaters.

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