M. Night Shyamalan’s Old Surprises With a $16.5 Million Domestic Box Office Win

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M. Night Shyamalan is usually known for the shocking twists in his films, but his newest movie Old surprised in the domestic box office with a $16.5 million win over Space Jam: A New Legacy and Snake Eyes.

As reported by Variety, both Space Jam: A New Legacy and Snake Eyes were projected to lead the North American box office this weekend, but Space Jam saw “a huge decline from its opening weekend” and Snake Eyes “fell slightly short of expectations.”

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These factors and more allowed Old to secure the #1 spot with $16.5 million domestically and another $6.5 million overseas. While this may be Shyamalan’s lowest opening weekend in history, the director self-finances his films and keeps his budgets low, meaning the projects don’t have to rake in as much as other director’s films to be profitable. Old, for example, cost $18 million to make.

Snake Eyes earned the second place spot with $13.3 million at the domestic box office, and it grossed an extra $4 million overseas. That film, in comparison, cost $88 million to produce.

Space Jam: A New Legacy, which won the box office last week, fell to fourth place with $9.5 million – a 69% decline from opening weekend. It had expected to earn $15-$18 million between Friday and Sunday, but its mediocre reviews and hybrid release on HBO Max could have led to the less than stellar sales.

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Black Widow earned a third place finish by adding another $11.6 million to its $154 domestic earnings, and F9 placed fifth by adding $4.7 million in its fifth weekend in theaters.

In our Old review, we said it “isn’t M. Night Shyamalan’s best work, but it is one that shows maturity – a movie that tackles universal and intense themes over twists and puzzles.”

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For more, check out our explainer of the film’s ending and M. Night Shyamalan’s comments on why young actors are the key to his movies.


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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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