Jordan Peele is at it again with his latest thriller, Nope, which topped the weekend box office sales during its grand debut in theatres.
Universal’s suspenseful horror flick grossed a total of $44 million, reports Deadline.
Thor: Love and Thunder dropped to the number two spot at the box office, along with Minions: The Rise of Gru, but still hangs in the top three.
Number One: Nope topped the number one spot in box office sales for $44 million in its opening weekend
While $44 million may not seem like a huge number, that is the highest box office sales for an original film since Jordan’s previous hit, Us (2019), according to Variety.
The filmmaker is also behind Get Out (2017), which made about $255 million globally on a budget of just $4.5 million.
We had a slightly higher budget of $20 million, and interestingly, it earned the same amount of $255 million in theaters around the world.
With Nope’s focus on the supernatural, the budget for creating hypnotic UFOs and extraterrestrial contacts increased slightly to $68 million.
Original story: The plot follows two siblings who run a horse farm and discover a new life form in the sky
According to an official synopsis, the science-fiction thriller centers on two siblings who run a horse ranch on the outskirts of the California desert and “witness a supernatural and chilling discovery.”
Jumping behind the camera with Jordan, the cast includes Keke Palmer, Get Out star, Daniel Kaluuya, The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun and Brandon Perea.
In an interview with TODAY, Jordan talked about working with Daniels once again at Nope, when he played the lead actor in Get Out.
Thriller: Jordan Peele directed Nope, and was also behind the camera for past successes such as Get Out (2017) and Us (2019).
Leading Star: Danielle Kaluuah plays a leading role in the film, and has previously worked with Jordan as the lead actor in Get Out.
The talented director explained, “I have said it before and I will say it again, he is my favorite actor to watch as well as work with. ‘He’s just so committed, you know, so focused, so professional. He is my star.’
Actors and comedians also weighed in on the film itself. “All my films are about human nature, and what scares me is part of our DNA and scares me,” he said.
Although Knope has received a CinemaScore of a B, the film is still aiming for a huge success.
According to Variety, Universal’s president of home distribution Jim Orr said he was not satisfied with this weekend’s sales.
“We are thrilled with the results this weekend,” he said. ‘Jordan Peele is an incredible talent. His films are layered and thought provoking and ridiculously entertaining.
The man behind the camera: Director Jordan Peele was seen dapper at the premiere of Nope in Hollywood in July
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According to The Numbers, Thor: Love & Thunder sits at number two, earning $22 million and causing a 53% drop.
Minions: The Rise of Gru has also maintained a steady spot in the top three since its debut in theaters over the Fourth of July weekend. The animation also comes from Universal, and received $17 million in sales, falling 34%.
Where The Crowds Sing dropped to number four, with Top Gun: Maverick still down the top five.
Still in Top: Minions: The Rise of Gru ranks third in this weekend’s box office sales since the film debuted on the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Number two: Disney’s Thor: Love and Thunder ranks second in box office sales, after number one last weekend