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Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ Debuts at No. 1 with $44 Million Weekend

by Mike Creef, Staff Writer
Jordan Peele's 'Nope' Debuts at No. 1 with $44 Million Weekend
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Jordan Peele’s “Nope” scored a big win debuting at No. 1 after posting a $44 million opening weekend.

The director’s third major motion picture had an opening right in the middle of his first two movies. In 2017, “Get Out” opened at $33 million and “Us” had his largest opening at $71 million in 2019.

“Nope” is still one of the largest pandemic-era releases for an original screenplay at a time when many people are opting to watch movies on streaming services.

The science-fiction thriller stars Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, and Steven Yeun.

Palmer recently took to twitter in response to critic’s comparison between the 29-year-old and Zendaya, the 26-year-old who recently starred in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Palmer listed a few facts to remind people that she is not someone to be compared to.

Jordan Peele to Open “Nope” Internationally

“Nope” will be hitting international theaters on August 12 where it is expected to continue to be a fan favorite. The movie currently has a 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond shared his excitement in having “Nope” open in IMAX theaters, after it was announced earlier this year that Peele would be one of the few directors tapped to help IMAX design and expand their film cameras. 

“It’s incredibly gratifying to see a visionary like Jordan Peele, who represents a new generation of filmmakers, use our technology in pioneering ways and create an experience meant to be seen in IMAX,” said Gelfond. 

Peele had his largest production budget to date with “Nope” at $68 million. “Us” cost around $20 million to make while “Get Out” costs only $4.5 million. Both films made over $255 million worldwide.

According to Variety, ticket sales for horror movies traditionally sink very quickly after opening weekend, though “Get Out” and, more recently, Blumhouse’s twisted thriller “The Black Phone” have been exceptions. In that respect, word-of-mouth will be crucial for “Nope,” which doesn’t open internationally until the middle of August.

Critics were praiseworthy to “Nope,” while audiences gave the film a so-so “B” CinemaScore — the same grade as “Us.” (Peele likes to leave his audiences feeling unsettled, which could explain the less-than-euphoric exit polls.) Comparatively, “Get Out” landed an “A-” score.

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