“Nope,” the latest quirky film directed by Jordan Peele, grossed $44 million at the North American box office on its opening weekend.
The win ended a two-week streak for Marvel’s “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which added $22.1 million during its third weekend in theaters.
“No,” which Peele also wrote and produced, stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as Hollywood horse trainers who try to capture definitive evidence of aliens in the form of a mysterious terror wreaking havoc in the sky.
The science fiction horror film is the third film written and directed by Peele, who previously earned praise for 2017’s “Get Out” and 2019’s “Us”.
The $44 million debut for “Nope” beat the $33 million opening by the satirical “Get Out”, which starred Kaluuah as a black man whose first meeting with his white girlfriend’s family was a disturbing one. with the revelation.
Lupita Nyong’o-led thriller “Us,” about a blood-thirsty lookalike family, earned $71 million during its first weekend in theaters.
“Get Out” and “Us” both made $255 million worldwide. With a budget of around $68 million, Nope is Peele’s most expensive film.
The latest weekend run for “Thor: Love and Thunder” boosted the superhero sequel’s domestic earnings to $276 million. It has earned $598 million worldwide.
“Love and Thunder” features the return of Natalie Portman in her first major Marvel role in nearly a decade. Her character, Jane Foster, becomes the superhero The Mighty Thor and teams up with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie to defeat Christian Bale’s villain Gore the God Butcher.
The animated origin story “Minions: The Rise of Gru” took third place over the weekend, which earned $17.7 million between Friday and Sunday. The Steve Carell-led family flick has earned $297 million in North America and $640 million worldwide since its July 1 release.
Mystery thriller “Where the Crowds Sing” added $10.3 million in its second weekend in theaters to come in fourth place, while “Top Gun: Maverick” earned an additional $10 million to finish fifth.
“Top: Gun Maverick” is the highest-grossing film of 2022, grossing $635 million in North America and over $1.2 billion globally.
This Friday features the theatrical release of the animated “DC League of Super-Pets,” with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Vanessa Baer and Kate McKinnon voicing super-powered animals.