Jordan Peele’s Nope may have fallen just short of the critic reviews of his previous movies Us and Get Out, but the film has stormed to the top of the box office as the highest-grossing domestic opening of a none franchise movie since Peele’s last release. Since making his feature film debut with the fantastic Get Out in 2017, Peele has continued his run of chilling horror movies with Nope, which took $44 million over this past weekend to dethrone the mighty Thor: Love and Thunder at the top of the domestic chart.
While the movie was expected to bring in around $50 million, the slight drop in revenue didn’t stop Nope from nabbing the top spot and as well as having the highest opening of any original movie since 2019’s Us, which pulled in $71 million on its debut, and becoming one of only three non-franchise movies to take the top spot at the box office this year. With the box office being dominated by movies like Top Gun: Maverick, Minions: Rise of Gru and Marvel/DC offerings, the release of Peele’s latest film came at just the right time to allow it to top the chart without too much trouble from the other movies currently on release.
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Nope is not the story you expect it to be, much like Jordan Peele’s other works, but this one has been a little more divisive, even amongst fans of the director’s other work. However, Peele previously spoke to Empire about what the movie is a commentary on, and he seems more than happy with how the end result turned out. He said:
“I started off wanting to make a film that would put an audience in the immersive experience of being in the presence of a UFO. I wanted to make a spectacle, something that would promote my favorite art form and my favorite way of watching that art form: the theatrical experience. As I started writing the script, I started to dig into the nature of spectacle, our addiction to spectacle, and the insidious nature of attention. So that’s what it’s about. And it’s about a brother and sister and healing their relationship.”
Nope is Jordan Peele Channeling Steven Spielberg
When it comes to alien movies, Steven Spielberg’s earliest movies delved deep into extra-terrestrial territory with E.T. and Close Encounters of The Third Kind, and the influence of the latter of these has been apparent in Nope from the start. In a recent interview, Nope star Daniel Kaluuya even made a point of comparing the two films directly. He said:
“Nope—I feel like it’s almost horror-adventure. I hope you don’t mind me saying, like Close Encounters. I remember when I watched that for the first time, probably about four years ago, and I was like, Wow, this has stood the test of time. This is an incredible film now, especially with all the technology and all the kinds of stuff that he’s managed to make. It’s like epic horror, essentially.”
Nope is now playing in cinemas worldwide.