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.

‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ Lands $2.3 Million During Thursday Night Preview

The film adaptation of the bestselling novel ‘Where the Crawdads Sing‘ managed to earn $2.3 million at the Thursday night preview box office, and that’s honestly a pretty solid start.

I mean, heck, the blockbuster action-comedy ‘The Lost City‘ with Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock brought in $2.5 million in its Thursday night previews back in March. That film went on to have a solid $31 million opening weekend.

Could Where the Crawdads Sing also break $30 million? It’s not likely. In fact, early projections had the movie bringing in around $10 million this weekend. However, with an impressive $2.3 million opening on Thursday, perhaps those projections go up closer to $15 million.

The critics have been “meh” on this film. It sits at a 45 score on MetaCritic, which indicates “mixed-to-average” reviews.

However, the general audience has enjoyed it so far.

Where the Crawdads Sings’ Thursday night audience loved it with a 93% positive audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and received a 4.5-star PostTrak exit.

Meanwhile, Disney/Marvel’s latest Thor flick is expected to dominate the box office again. Experts say it should make an additional $50 million this weekend.

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Brings In $143 Million During Opening Weekend

Well, Disney/Marvel’s latest standalone film featuring Chris Hemsworth’s Thor character slammed into theaters this past weekend, and it easily grabbed the number one spot.

Thor: Love and Thunder was released inside nearly 4,400 theaters across the country, bringing in a respectable $143 million. We used “respectable” instead of “impressive” because that $143 million total is actually a little lower than most projections.

Most people had the film bringing in at least $150 million, with some experts projecting a total closer to $170 million.

But still, $143 million is nothing to sneeze at.

Thor 4 enjoyed a bigger start than its predecessor, 2017’s quirky action-comedy ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ which opened to $123 million in North America. ‘Love and Thunder’ also notched the third-biggest opening weekend of the year behind ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ ($145 million) and ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ ($185 million).

So we doubt Disney is losing any sleep over a $143 million debut. In total, it’s already made $302 million across the globe, which puts it above the $250 million production budget. It cost an additional $100 million to promote, so they’ll probably be in the green by next weekend.

Meanwhile, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ manages to stay in the box office conversation. It came in third place with another $15.5 million. It’s made $597 million just in North America alone. It needs just $3 million more to become one of 12 movies to ever cross the $600 million mark in North America.

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Opens With A Superb Thursday Night Preview

Another superhero film is hitting the box office this weekend. The Taika Waititi-directed ‘Thor: Love and Thunder‘ is hitting a theater near you right as we speak, and while the critics seem somewhat mixed on it, the general audience appears to dig it, at least so far.

It has an 85% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, with most of those ratings coming in last night following the Thursday night previews.

The movie brought in an outstanding $29 million in its Thursday night previews, which is the fifth highest for an MCU movie, and the 13th highest in history. It’s the second biggest Thursday launch of 2022, only behind the most recent Doctor Strange, which managed to bring $36 million.

The superhero movie, billed as a rom-com between Hemsworth’s Thor and his on-again, off-again love interest Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, is projected to earn between $145 million to $155 million in its opening weekend. Some estimates even go as high as $170 million.

If it reaches the $170 million mark, it would easily become one of the highest debuts of the past couple years. Of course, it’s yet to be seen if it actually reaches $170 million.

For context, the 2017 film, Thor: Ragnarok, opened to around $123 million, and ended up making an impressive $853 million worldwide.

Check out the trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder, below…

Memes Help ‘Minions: The Rise of Guru’ Break July 4th Box Office Record

Cinema owners continue to have reason to celebrate after another solid weekend at the box office.

‘Minions: The Rise of Guru’ had a spectacular opening weekend at the box office, bringing in a record-breaking $125.1 million over the three-day weekend. That number was good enough to beat the action flick ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’, which earned $115.9 million back in 2011 over the extended holiday weekend.

And while these ticket sales prove that families are still showing up to support movies, the sales also prove just how much a good meme can help as well. Teens across the country were showing up to screenings of the movie in suits, just to snap a photo with the hashtag, “gentleminions” — the trend was huge on TikTok. It’s not clear how much it boosted sales, but it certainly didn’t hurt.

David A. Gross, who runs the movie consulting firm Franchise Entertainment Research, was super impressed with the numbers:

This is a sensational opening. Family animation, more than any other genre, has struggled to find its footing during the pandemic. This weekend, ‘Minions’ is breaking through and big animation is back in business.

Meanwhile, ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ made another $25.8 million this past weekend, bringing its global total to a ridiculous $1.11 billion.

It’s good times at the movies.

‘Elvis’ Has JUST ENOUGH To Beat ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ At The Box Office

We told you last week that ‘Elvis’ would be battling ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at the box office, which is not exactly a battle people expected a month ago. After all, the ‘Top Gun’ sequel entered theaters a month ago. It should be on its way out, but the flick has had incredible staying power.

And this past weekend, it came super close to beating Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ biopic.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ brought in $29.6 million in its fifth weekend inside theaters. Meanwhile, Elvis managed to grab $31.1 million in its box office debut.

Although ‘Elvis’ ultimately took the box office crown, both films were able to post a strong result. For ‘Elvis,’ a $31 million debut is promising for an adult-skewing drama since its core demographic does not traditionally rush out to see a movie on opening weekend.

But still, the studio spent $85 million on this film (not including marketing) so they’ll need to continue to perform well at the box office for weeks to come.

Meanwhile, Top Gun: Maverick has made $520 million at the domestic box office, but perhaps more importantly, it crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide. That’s a huge achievement, typically reserved for superhero flicks.

By the way, the Ethan Hawke horror flick ‘The Black Phone‘ also had a decent opening this past weekend, bringing in $23.3 million.

Safe to say, theater owners have been happy the past month or two. Hopefully the trend continues.

‘Elvis’ Looks To Bring In At Least $30 Million During Opening Weekend

How much is a 12-minute standing ovation at Cannes worth? Well, around $30 million, according to the most recent box office projections.

Early estimates have the upcoming ‘Elvis‘ biopic bringing in around $30 million during its opening weekend. It will premiere in nearly 4,000 theaters across the country this weekend.

The movie stars Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as his infamous manager. The film was shot on a pretty pricey $85 million budget, not accounting for marketing, so they’ll need every bit of this potential $30 million opening.

Another new flick entering theaters this weekend? The Ethan Hawke-starring horror film, The Black Phone, which is receiving solid reviews from critics. Experts say the film could bring in around $15 million this weekend. It was made on an $18 million budget, so a $15 million start would be solid.

One thing to watch this weekend? The potential for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ to beat both films in its fourth week inside theaters! Projections show the movie making around $30 million this weekend, so if that holds true, it could be another huge victory for the movie, which is quickly closing in on the $1 billion global mark.

Given stellar word-of-mouth, the nostalgia-fueled sequel to 1986’s ‘Top Gun’ has withstood minuscule week-to-week drops and looks to score another $30 million to $33 million between Friday and Sunday. It has grossed $901 million globally, making it the highest-grossing movie of the year in the U.S. and the second-highest worldwide.

It should be a great battle.

Uh-Oh! Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Film Fails To Make It To The Top Spot At The Box Office

Talk about a major disappointment. The most recent Pixar film, Lightyear, stumbled at the box office this past weekend. The spinoff story, set in the same universe as ‘Toy Story‘ debuted in over 4,200 theaters across the country but managed to bring in just $51 million.

And while $51 million would be a great opening for some films, it’s not fantastic for Pixar/Disney. The movie reportedly cost $200 million to make, not including marketing.

Experts believed the movie would take in at least $70 million, so the fact that it barely got $50 million is concerning. The movie received lackluster reviews from critics and fans of ‘Toy Story’ didn’t really seem all that excited about it. After all, the trailers didn’t do much to connect the two. They should have leaned more in to the Toy Story angle.

In any event, the movie was beat at the box office by Jurassic World, which brought in a $58 million total in its second weekend at the box office. It suffered a huge 60% decline from its opening weekend, but it was still enough to take the top spot, thanks to Lightyear’s disappointing start.

In third place? Top Gun: Maverick. It had a ridiculous $44 million this past weekend, just a 15% decline from the weekend before. It’s been playing inside theaters for nearly a month now, so these numbers are incredible. It’s made $885 million globally, so it’ll likely cross that billion dollar mark soon.

A huge achievement for everyone who worked on the movie.

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Grabs Number One Spot At Box Office With Over $140 Million

I’ll be completely honest. The trailer for ‘Jurassic World: Dominion‘ made me laugh every single time I saw it at the theaters. It looked completely ridiculous. I thought, “No way anyone wants to watch this, right?” but lots of people did.

And despite the terrible reviews, the film had an incredible opening weekend. The sixth film in the Jurassic Park universe brought in $143 million this past weekend, which was more than enough to grab the top spot.

In 2018, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, opened to $148 million, so this third film isn’t too far off. Although, both sequels fail to compare to the 2015 Jurassic World film, which brought in a ridiculous $208 million during its opening weekend.

Overseas, this latest ‘Jurassic World’ film brought in $245 million, which means its global total stands at just under $400 million.

Meanwhile, in its third weekend inside theaters, ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ came in second with an impressive $50 million. Heck, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home‘ made $56 million in its third weekend, so Top Gun is essentially keeping pace with superhero films.

And get this, the film has made a total of $747 million across the globe. It worked with a $170 million budget, so you know, they’re making a decent amount of change from this flick.

Safe to say, the theater experience is back… at least for now.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Has Super Impressive Second Weekend At The Box Office

Damn. Tom Cruise is killing it at the box office right now. After bringing in over $150 million during Memorial Day weekend (including Monday) ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ just scored an additional $90 million this past weekend.

Thanks to positive word of mouth and outstanding reviews, the sequel film’s ticket sales declined just 29% in its second weekend, the lowest percentage in history for a movie that debuted to $100 million or more.

Though a peculiar statistic, the scant second-weekend drop is impressive because big-budget blockbusters — even well-received ones — tend to plummet by at least 50% after scoring huge opening weekends. By comparison, recent tentpoles ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ and Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ each declined 67% in their sophomore outings, while Robert Pattinson’s ‘The Batman’ fell 50% in week two.

It’s extremely impressive. Movies these days would kill for an opening weekend of $90 million, and this film just got that in its second weekend!

In total, it’s grossed over $295 million at the domestic box office, but it’s earned an additional $257 million overseas, bringing its global total to a ridiculous $550 million. As long as the numbers keep up, this will become Cruise’s biggest movie ever at the global box office.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which collected $791 million worldwide in 2018, currently stands as the actor’s highest-grossing blockbuster of all time

Safe to say, Top Gun: Maverick is a legit hit. How much will it make next weekend?