Nope Box Office Highest For Original Movie Since Jordan Peele’s Last Film

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Nope rakes in $44 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend, which is the best for an original film since Jordan Peele’s last film Us. Nope has raked in the highest domestic opening weekend for an original film since 2019’s Us, which was also directed by Jordan Peele. Peele was previously best known for being a comic actor, especially in partnership with Keegan-Michael Key on their sketch comedy series Key & Peele. However, that reputation changed on a dime when Peele came out with his directorial debut Get Out in 2017, a horror film that struck a nerve with its combination of intense terror, satirical comedy, and social commentary. He followed up that project with Us, which followed a vacationing family who encounters evil doppelgangers of themselves and reunited Black Panther stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke.

The Twilight Zone and 2021’s Candyman, he hasn’t produced another directorial feature until Nope, which hit theaters July 22. The film follows siblings OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Em Haywood (Keke Palmer) as they inherit their father’s ranch following his mysterious death. While they are at odds as to how to handle this windfall, they are interrupted by further mysterious occurrences that seem to indicate that they may just be in the midst of an alien invasion. The cast of the film also includes Michael Wincott, Keith David, Donna Mills, Barbie Ferreira, Oz Perkins, and Oscar nominee Steven Yeun.

Jordan Peele’s Nope is in theaters, and the movie has a spooky atmosphere through to the end. Here’s whether or not there’s a scene after the credits. New movie Nope have an end-credits scene? With its meaningful title, Nope marks Peele’s third film as director, following his 2017 directorial debut Get Out and 2019’s Us, and it continues the spooky tone he has established in his brief filmography. With his latest, though, Peele also moves into another new frontier with aliens and UFOs as the movie’s looming antagonist.

In Nope, horse ranchers OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Em Haywood (Keke Palmer) try to keep their business of providing horses to Hollywood productions afloat after their father Otis (Keith David) is mysteriously killed by small fragments of falling debris. OJ and Em soon begin to suspect a UFO is hovering over their ranch, using an unmoving cloud to hide from view. With the help of technician Angel Torres (Brandon Perea) and cinematographer Antlers Holst (Michael Wincott), OJ and Em go about trying to capture the UFO on camera during Nope’s final act in the hope of making some big money from the footage.

Nope has pulled in a total of $44 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend, making it #1. This result was slightly lower than the expected gross of around $50, unfortunately. However, that still makes the film the highest opening for a non-IP original film since Us, which had an opening of $71 million.

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Nope have the highest opening for an original film in quite some time, but it is also one of only three original films to hit #1 at the box office for their opening weekend in 2022. The other two are the Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum adventure rom-com The Lost City, which opened to $30.5 million, and the Baz Luhrmann-helmed music biopic Elvis, which made $31.2 million. Even categorizing Elvis as original is debatable, considering it is based on the life of one of the most famous rockers of all time.