Jordan Peele’s Latest Film ‘Nope’ Earns $6.4 Million In Thursday Night Previews

Jordan Peele’s third feature film, Nope, is hitting theaters this weekend. The sci-fi/horror-comedy blockbuster is expected to earn a good amount of money at the box office.

Experts say it might reach the $50 million mark in its opening weekend, and it’s certainly off to a solid start with a $6.4 million Thursday night preview. It premiered in over 3,250 theaters last night and will expand to even more theaters tonight.

His previous horror flick, Us, managed to land $7.4 million in its Thursday night preview back in March of 2019, so the numbers aren’t too far off. Us went on to make $71 million in its opening weekend, the best opening for an R-rated horror film.

How do the films match up when it comes to the critics? Well, they’re fairly close. Us has a 93% rating on the site, and Nope currently sits at 81%, but of note, Nope currently holds the better audience score, although it’s likely that number drops as more votes come in.

Nope was made on a $68 million budget, not including marketing costs, so it’s likely closer to $100 million.

The good news is that it should make that back and more, once its run in theaters is complete.

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Earns Over $35 Million In Thursday Previews

We told you earlier this week that the box office experts were predicting a pretty substantial $170 million opening weekend for the latest film in the Doctor Strange franchise, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

And it looks like the film is on its way to that total with an impressive $36 million Thursday night preview. It’s the second-best preview opening during the pandemic, only behind ‘Spider-Man: No Way’, which brought in a ridiculous $50 million back in December.

The Sam Raimi-directed movie debuts in 4,534 theaters, making it the seventh-widest opening footprint ever. As is typical with any Marvel movie, the question is how frontloaded Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is. Industry expectations are at least $160M. 

The movie should make a lot of money this weekend, for the simple fact that it’s a Marvel flick, and for some reason, people are addicted to those things.

But we should note, this film hasn’t been receiving the same amount of love from critics as the first Doctor Strange film.

This sequel currently sits at a 77% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t terrible, but it’s well below the nearly 90% rating the first film has.

We’ll see if the lukewarm reviews hurt the movie at all.

‘The Batman’ Makes Solid $21.6 Million In Thursday Night Previews

The highly anticipated ‘The Batman‘ film hits theaters this weekend, and most experts believe it will make over $100 million at the box office. Some say it could make up to $140 million.

And after its Thursday night previews, that $100+ million opening looks likely. The dark superhero film made $21.6 million on Thursday night. It’s the second best pre-show opening of the pandemic era. Spider-Man: No Way Home holds the record with an insane $50 million Thursday night preview.

‘The Batman’s’ Thursday haul also beat pre-pandemic openings by DC Comics’ ‘The Joker”’ ($13.3 million), ‘Aquaman’ ($13.7 million) and 2016’s “Suicide Squad” ($20.5 million).

The studio took a huge chance on this film. It worked with a budget north of $200 million, not including the millions they spent marketing the film. So if this movie bombed, well, it would be a huge loss.

But as of right now, it looks like the film is going to be a success. If it opens to $140 million in the states, that’s huuuuuuge. And it would be well on track to make its money back and then some.

For what it’s worth, both critics and early viewers of the flick are absolutely loving it, so word of mouth should push ticket sales as well.

WOW! ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Has Record-Breaking $50 Million Thursday Night Preview!

We knew ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home‘ would do very well at the box office this weekend, but we didn’t expect this outstanding start.

The Sony/Marvel creation had its Thursday night preview last night, and it made a ridiculous $50 million! Most films released during the pandemic haven’t even reached $50 during the entire weekend. Spider-Man got that in just one night.

It’s the third-best preview night ever, not just in pandemic times. It’s also the most money a Sony film has made during a Thursday night preview.

It easily buries the previous high we’ve seen during the pandemic, that being for Disney/Marvel’s Black Widow at $13.2M. It also blows away Sony’s previous Thursday preview high, which was for Spider-Man: Homecoming — the first Tom Holland MCU Spider-Man — which minted $15.4M in 2017.

The only two films in history to have a better Thursday opening are 2019’s Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Sources tell me that a $100M opening day for the Jon Watts-directed multiverse title is likely, and even if it falls short, that’s still nothing to cry about because Spider-Man: No Way Home is the biggest movie we’ve seen in a long time.

It’s possible Spider-Man: No Way Home gets to $200 million before the weekend is over. Pretty incredible stuff. You know cinema owners are happy right now.

‘West Side Story’ Takes In Modest $800,000 On A Slow Thursday Night Preview

Well, Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ finally hits theaters this weekend. The film had its Thursday night preview last night, and it only made around $800,000. It’s a bit of a surprise, considering how much the critics have been pushing this movie.

It’s getting rave reviews, plus, it’s freaking Spielberg! And it’s a classic story. Why didn’t it make more? Well, we’re not sure, but experts still expect it’ll top the box office this week. They believe it’ll make $10 to $15 million. If it can reach $15 million, that won’t be a terrible opening for pandemic times. And because it’s directed at an older audience, which has been slower to return to theaters, $15 million would be acceptable.

But it did cost the studio $100 million to produce, so they’re hoping it does better than expected. Personally, I watched the movie last night and loved it. Yeah, it’s a little long with a runtime just over two hours and half, but it’s very entertaining and features some great performances.

Adapted from the 1957 Broadway show, ‘West Side Story’ was written by ‘Angels in America’ playwright and frequent Spielberg collaborator Tony Kushner. The Shakespearean story centers on star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria (portrayed by Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler) whose romance fuels rival street gangs, the white Sharks and the Puerto Rican Jets.

Rachel Zegler was great in this. I mean, I can’t say enough good things about her performance. Spielberg knows how to make a star.

If you’re in the mood for a love story, mixed with some song and dance this weekend, go check out West Side Story.

HELP IT REACH $15 MILLION!

‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Has Fantastic $11.6 Million Thursday Night Preview

Marvel/Disney’s ‘Shang-Chi’ film has been at the top of the box office for several weeks now, but that’ll change this weekend as ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage‘ rolls out across thousands of cinemas across the country.

The Sony Pictures flick had an impressive $11.6 million Thursday night preview. It’s the second best preview number we’ve seen during the pandemic. ‘Black Widow’ still holds the best Thursday night haul with $13.2 million.

Back in 2018, the first ‘Venom’ film made just $10 million on Thursday night, and it went on to make $80 million during its opening weekend. Experts don’t believe this sequel will reach the $80 million mark in its opening weekend, but some believe it could touch $60 or $70 million.

The follow-up to 2018’s ‘Venom’ is directed by Andy Serkis and stars Tom Hardy as an Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist whose encounter with a symbiote turns him into a modern-day Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, albeit with much sharper teeth.

Overall, it should be a decent weekend at the box office, between Venom 2, The Addams Family 2 and The Sopranos prequel film, Many Saints of Newark.

Not a lot of originality in the films listed above, but at least they’ll bring some money to the box office. That’s really all that matters at this point as theaters try to stay in business.

Surprise, Surprise…’Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Has A Great Thursday Night Opening

Marvel is basically a bank at this point. Every film they put out makes an incredible amount of money, even their less popular installments like ‘Ant-Man‘ and its sequel ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp.’

The first ‘Ant-Man’ film made over $500 million worldwide. It made $57.2 during its opening weekend, and while that is certainly respectable, it looks like the sequel will crush that number.

During its Thursday night preview, Ant-Man and the Wasp earned $11.5 million, which is well above the $6.4 million the original film made during its Thursday night preview back in 2015.

According to the experts, this sequel could make as much as $85 million this weekend. If it reaches that number, it would be a huge win for Marvel. They’ve already had a wonderful 2018 with Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther.

By the way, the critics are loving this Ant-Man sequel. It currently sits at an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

You can check out the trailer below…

‘Incredibles 2’ Just Smashed The Thursday Box Office Debut Record For An Animated Film

Earlier this week we told you that ‘Incredibles 2‘ had a chance to break the record for biggest opening weekend for an animated film. ‘Finding Dory‘ currently has the record, making $135 million during its opening weekend in 2016.

Most experts believe Incredibles 2 will make around $130 million this weekend, but some believe it’ll make $140 million, and it looks like that number might be more accurate.

During its Thursday night debut, the Pixar sequel soared to a record-smashing $18.5 million. That is a new record for an animated film. It’s more than double what Finding Dory made during its Thursday preview.

“The preview number for Incredibles 2 was better than Beauty and the Beast ($16.3 million), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($15.4 million), and Thor: Ragnarok ($14.5 million). It nearly matched the $18.6 million preview number for Deadpool 2 last month.”

I think it’s safe to assume Incredibles 2 will smash the $135 million opening weekend set by Finding Dory. It’s not like the numbers are going to drop after Thursday. It has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and great word of mouth going for it.

Hell, I think it pushes $150 million. Check out the trailer below…