‘Nope’ Debuts To 44 Million, The Best For An Original Film Since Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ In 2019

Writer/Director Jordan Peele is back with Nope, the UFO-centered horror film starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, and Peele once again proves that he is one of Hollywood’s few directors whose name can consistently lure audiences into cinemas.

The 44 million launch fell quite a bit short of Peele’s previous film Us, which opened to a whopping 71.1 million in April 2019.

However, it happens to be the best wholly original film opening since then (beating Once Upon a Time…

In Hollywood’s 41 million), and the best since the pandemic began by a significant margin (beating The Lost City’s 30.5 million).

Between Nope, Minions: Rise of Gru, The Black Phone, and Jurassic World Dominion, Universal has four of the weekend’s top ten domestic grossers.Whether this is a successful opening is a matter of perspective.

As mentioned, in terms of original film openings, especially R-rated films without major stars,

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