New M. Night Shyamalan horror flick ‘Old’ tops N.America box office
Published: Jul 26, 2021 06:48 PM
Promotional material for Black Widow Photo: IC

Promotional material for Black Widow Photo: IC

New M. Night Shyamalan horror-thriller Old aged to perfection at the top of the North American box office in its debut weekend, taking in an estimated $16.5 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

The movie, about a family that becomes trapped on a beach where they begin to age precipitously, stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Vicky Krieps, and beat out the weekend's second-highest money-maker Snake Eyes by more than $3 million. 

Paramount's latest G.I. Joe installment, also in its debut weekend, took in an estimated $13.4 million, recounting the origin story of its titular character Snake Eyes' involvement with the famed squad.

In third place was Disney superhero flick Black Widow, which earned an estimated $11.6 million. The Marvel Studios movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, the Russian-born spy-turned-Avenger, is among a slate of upcoming major releases postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and which cinema operators hope will revive ticket sales.

Last week's top earner, the Warner Bros. live action/animated Space Jam: A New Legacy, fell to fourth with $9.6 million. The movie sees NBA superstar LeBron James teaming up with Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters in a high-stakes basketball game against a rogue artificial-intelligence entity threatening his son. And in fifth was Universal's F9: The Fast Saga, at $4.6 million.

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