‘Old’ Elbows ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ From Top Spot at Box Office

Old Movie (Credit: Universal)

M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Old is the new leader at the box office, after bringing in an estimated $16.5 million.

The Universal Pictures release played in 3,355 locations across North America for a per theater average of $4,918, according to Comscore.

This marked the seventh time a Shyamalan film has debuted at No. 1, but it’s also his worst opening, falling below the $18 million start of Lady in the Water back in 2006. Only 84 percent of domestic theaters are currently open, which may have affected the film’s earnings. In contrast, Shyamalan’s 2019 thriller Glass debuted with $40 million.

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Inspired by the graphic novel “Sandcastle” by Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frederik Peeters, Old stars Rufus Sewell, Vicky Krieps, Gael García Bernal, Embeth Davidtz, Kathleen Chalfant, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Alex Wolff, Emun Elliott, Abbey Lee, Thomasin McKenzie, Eliza Scanlen, and Aaron Pierre.

The film bested Paramount’s G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes, which debuted in second place with $13.3 million. The action-adventure stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan after saving the life of their heir apparent. It also stars Andrew Koji, Ursula Corbero, Peter Mensah, Iko Uwais, Haruka Abe, Samara Weaving, Takehiro Hira, Steven Allerick and is directed by Robert Schwentke.

Elsewhere at the box office, Disney-Marvel action film Black Widow was third with $11.6 million, bringing its three week domestic total to $154.8 million.

Warner Bros.’ Space Jam: A New Legacy slid to fourth place with $9.5 million. That marked about a 70 percent drop after it opened last weekend in first place with $36 million. Like all Warner Bros. releases during the pandemic, Space Jam is available on HBO Max, which may have kept some fans at home.

Universal’s F9 rounded out the top five domestically with $4.7 million, for a North American total of $163.3 million through Sunday.

Box Office Chart for Week of July 25, 2021. (Credit: Comscore)