What We’re Watching: ‘Old’ Opens Atop Box Office with $16.5 Million as `Space Jam’ Slumps

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Published on Jul 25, 2021

The M. Night Shyamalan thriller “Old” took in $16.5 million at the box office this weekend to lead all films, according to industry estimates released Sunday.

It was good news and bad news for Shyamalan: “Old” marks the seventh time one of his films has opened at No. 1, but it’s also the worst opening of the director’s career, below the $18 million grossed by 2006’s “Lady in the Water.” Some of that drop-off can likely be attributed to the coronavirus pandemic and its overall effect at the box office.

“Snake Eyes” — an origin story for the G.I. Joe superhero character — opened in second place with $13.3 million, Comscore reported.

Marvel’s “Black Widow” was third with $11.6 million in its third week of release, followed by “Space Jam,” starring Lakers forward LeBron James and a cast of animated characters, which made just $9.5 million one week after opening with $31.6 million.

“Old” and “Snake Eyes” are playing exclusively in theaters, while “Space Jam” and “Black Widow” are both available on streaming services.

“F9” was in fifth place with $4.7 million Friday through Sunday at theaters in the United States and Canada, adding to its impressive domestic total of $163 million. “F9” has made $621 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top 10 domestic releases, as estimated by Comscore, were “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” ($3.4 million), “The Boss Baby 2: Family Business” ($2.7 million), “The Forever Purge” ($2.3 million), “A Quiet Place Part II” ($1.25 million) and “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” ($830,000).

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