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Universal Pictures’ ‘Nope’ Follows Script With $44 Million Opening Box Office Weekend

Universal Pictures’ sci-fi thriller Nope, from director Jordan Peele, lived up to expectations, generating an estimated $44 million across more than 3,700 North American screens through July 24.

The movie about Hollywood brother/sister stunt performers (played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) who are menaced by a UFO, among other challenges, marks Peele’s third No. 1 theatrical opening following his breakout hit Get Out in 2017 (also starring Kaluuya) and 2019’s Us.

With that success come rising production budgets and tougher profit margins for the Universal. Get Out and Us had reported production budgets of $4.5 million and $20 million, respectively, while Nope had a production budget of $68 million.

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Meanwhile, Disney/Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder added $22.1 million in the No. 2 spot to send the superhero movie’s global revenue past $600 million mark after three weeks of release. Universal/Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru generated another $17.7 million in ticket sales in No. 3 to bring its global haul past $640 million after four weeks.

Rounding out the top five were Sony 3000 Pictures’ drama Where the Crawdads Sing with $10.3 million, to bring its 10-day theatrical tally past $38 million. Finally, Paramount Pictures’ unwavering Top Gun: Maverick saw its North American ticket sales top $635 million and $1.28 billion globally.

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