Critically-acclaimed film director, writer, producer and comedian Jordan Peele appears to have done it yet again. Peele’s latest feature film, Nope, has topped the box office charts after generating $44 million throughout the weekend. While the film fell short of its initial projection of $50 million during its opening, Nope still stands out when compared to its competitors. Its $44 million performance positions Nope as the most commercially successful original film during an opening weekend since 2019.
“We’re thrilled with the results this weekend,” Universal Pictures Domestic Distribution President Jim Orr told Variety.
“Jordan Peele is an incredible talent. His films are layered and thought-provoking and ridiculously entertaining.”
When compared to Peele’s two previous films, Nope holds its own. In 2017, Get Out brought in $33 million during its opening weekend. Two years later, Us brought in upwards of $70 million during its opening weekend. This performance puts Nope right in the middle of those two successful projects.
“The opening isn’t as big as Us, but it’s still extremely impressive,” David A. Gross of Franchise Entertainment Research told Variety.
“The weekend figure is far above average for the genre.”