‘Death on the Nile’ Tops Sluggish Super Bowl Weekend Box Office

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ theatrical interpretation of the Agatha Christie novel Death on the Nile is projected to top a sluggish North American box office with an estimated $12.8 million across more than 3,200 screens. The movie directed by Kenneth Branagh, who co-stars alongside Gal Gadot, among others, generated an estimated $33.5 million worldwide.

The opening for Nile is less than half of the opening of Branagh’s previous run as Inspector Hercules Poirot in 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, which generated $28.6 million across its opening weekend, and $353 million worldwide through its theatrical run. That release did not have to contend with competing pandemic concerns and the Super Bowl.

Regardless, the Nile is a win for AMC Networks, which owns licensing rights to the Agatha Christie library following its acquisition of home entertainment distributor RLJ Entertainment.

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The film also bested Jennifer Lopez/Owen Wilson’s new rom-com release Marry Me, which is projected to track just $8 million across 3,642 theaters ($16.5 million worldwide). Affecting the box office as well was the film’s concurrent availability on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service.

Paramount Pictures’ second-weekend release of prankster movie Jackass Forever is projected to finish No. 2 with an estimated $8.3 million; $37.4 million worldwide. Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home added another $7.1 million in ticket sales and is expected to surpass James Cameron’s Avatar for No. 3 on the all-time North American box office chart.

Meanwhile, among this week’s Best Picture Oscar nominations, director Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza is expected to take in around $920,000 in ticket sales, easily topping Focus Features’ Belfast with less than $300,000. Other nominees, including King Richard, CODA, Dune, Don’t Look Up, The Power of the Dog, and Nightmare Alley are streaming on HBO Max, Apple TV+, Netflix and Hulu, respectively. West Side Story is coming to Disney+ in March.

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