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Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ Looks to Top Superheroes and Minions at Weekend Box Office

Following weeks of superheroes and animated mischief at the box office, Universal Pictures is launching the theatrical debut of Jordan Peele’s sci-fi thriller Nope, headlined by the director’s 2017 breakout movie (Get Out) star Daniel Kaluuya.

The film, about caretakers at a California horse ranch who encounter a mysterious force that affects human and animal behavior, has generated an 82% Rotten Tomatoes score among more than 100 online critics. Industry estimates see the movie generating from $40 million to $50 million in three-day ticket sales across North American screens through July 24.

That should be enough to hold off returning box office toppers Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder ($20 million), Universal/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru ($18.5 million), Sony 3000 Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing ($9.6 million), and Paramount Pictures’ enduring overall (to-date) 2022 box office leader Top Gun: Maverick ($9.3 million).

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