Jordan Peele’s Nope Opens to $44 Mil; Highest Since Peele’s Us, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On has its biggest weekend yet and could Jurassic World Dominion cross $1 billion worldwide.
Written by Andrew Korpan / July 25, 2022

After three straight successes, there’s no doubt that Jordan Peele has become a new household name when it comes to directing films as his latest sci-fi epic, Nope, debuted to a whopping $44 million domestically. This was the highest domestic opening for an original Peele’s record since Us ($71,117,625 domestic opening) in 2019.

Also serving as a big win for original films, Where the Crawdads Sing held steady dropping from third to fourth place while grossing $10,330,216 (-40.1%), bringing its domestic total to $38,331,000 and worldwide total to $42,431,000. A24’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On has continued to expand its theater count in the United States, expanding to 437 more theaters in its fifth weekend, bringing its total to 590 theaters across the United States. In its biggest weekend yet, the film made $846,950 (+49.1%). Both of these films serve as great alternatives to the big tentpole films currently playing.

Thor: Love and Thunder dropped its first-place standing from the previous week to Nope, but the MCU’s latest still grossed $22.1 million (-52.6%). Thor: Love and Thunder is still a longways off from catching Thor: Ragnarok’s franchise-topping worldwide gross ($853,983,879), currently sitting at $598,220,698, but a much more feasible goal may be to catch Thor: The Dark World’s worldwide gross of $644,783,140.

Minions: The Rise of Gru grossed $17,710,410 (-34%) in its fourth weekend, pushing its domestic gross to $297,857,000 and worldwide gross to $640,253,000. The Rise of Gru is nearing the $300 million mark and sits behind Despicable Me 2 and Minions in the Despicable Me franchise’s domestic box office history. In terms of worldwide box office gross, The Rise of Gru is a bit further behind sitting in fourth place and only ahead of the original Despicable Me film, which grossed $543,464,573 in 2010.

Jurassic World: Dominion may not have been a hit with critics — sitting at a 30% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes — but the film has now crossed $920 million at the worldwide box office. It may be a longshot to cross the $1 billion mark like its two Jurassic World predecessors did, but this is some sort of win for a franchise that has reached a point of extinction.

As some new releases come next week, Nope will look to hold its first-place spot. First is a re-release of Everything Everywhere All at Once with extra footage. B.J. Novak’s directorial debut, Vengeance, is getting a wide release from Focus Features, Resurrection is a bonkers film starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth that absolutely should be seen and is receiving a limited release. Finally, for the families, DC League of Super-Pets has a wide release from Warner Bros.