Martin Scorcese’s historical epic Killers of the Flower Moon made a strong debut at the box office, just not strong enough to topple Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour held onto the top spot for a second straight weekend, after ringing up an estimated $31 million from theaters across the U.S. and Canada, Comscore reported Sunday. That brought the concert film’s two-week domestic total to $129.8 million.
Eras Tour is the highest-grossing concert movie in U.S. history, surpassing Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011), which made $73 million over its theatrical run, according to Box Office Mojo figures.
Killers of the Flower Moon debuted in second place with $23 million, per Comscore.
Set in 1920s Oklahoma, the drama depicts the serial killings of members of the Osage Nation after oil was discovered on their land. The Native American tribe’s wealth attracted white settlers, who stole from Osage Nation before resorting to murder. The crimes became known as the “Reign of Terror,” with a government investigation determining the killings were carried out to take over the tribe’s oil rights.
The Apple Original film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, and Jillian Dion.
Based on David Grann’s best-selling book, Eric Roth adapted the screenplay with Oscar winner Martin Scorsese. Moviegoers liked what they saw, giving the likely awards darling an “A-” CinemaScore.
In third place this weekend, The Exorcist: Believer earned $5.6 million in its third weekend in theaters.
Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie was fourth, with $4.4 million. A re-release of 1993 film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, rounded out the top five with $4.1 million.