Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Box Office: “Nope” Takes $44 Mil Weekend, But “Crawdads” Is the Surprise of the Summer


Audiences were so-so on Jordan Peele’s “Nope” in its opening weekend. Box office came in at $44 million, a little lower than I thought and a lot lower than some predictions.

But the big story turns out to be Sony’s “Where the Crawdads Sing.” The fans of Delia Owens’ novel have really turned out for the film adaptation, getting it to $38 million as of today. That’s amazing because reviewers didn’t care for it, and there was even some negative publicity about Owens before the opening (she’s wanted in questioning for a crime, but these days, with Donald Trump running around free, that’s nothing).

“Crawdads” only fell 40% from last week. Sony should be kvelling. Aside from “Spider Man,” they haven’t had a regular old hit in a long time. It bodes well for “Bullet Train,” which pulls into the station with Brad Pitt on August 5th.

Otherwise, “Top Gun” and “Thor” see no flagging in interest. And “Elvis” continues to bring in the fans. It’s up to $118 million and going strong. There will be Oscar nominations here. You can count on it.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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