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M Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’ Beats ‘Snake Eyes’ to Top Box Office Collections in Its Opening Week

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Photo Credit: Poster of the film 'Old'

Old, M Night Shyamalan’s thriller film, beat other films like Snake Eyes and Space Jam: A New Legacy in box office collections and garnered $16.5 million, domestically (in the US), in its first weekend, as per IMDb.

The film released on Friday in 3,355 theatres in the country.

Old collected an additional $6.5 million in international markets. Made on a budget of $18 million, it is Shyamalan’s fourth lower-budget self-financed film. The other three are The Visit, Split, and Glass.

The film is based on the graphic novel Sandcastle, by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. It is a thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach they are relaxing on for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day.

It features actors Gael Garcia Gabriel, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, and Ken Leung, among others.

Old is the director’s seventh film to make it to the top of the box office, but it also marks his lowest wide-opening collection, falling short of his 2006 film Lady in the Water that collected $18 million in its opening week.

However, Old is the first non-sequel film since Wrath of Man in May, to top the box office.

Meanwhile, although predictions favoured the third instalment in the G.I. Joe film series, Snake Eyes, the film fell flat with an opening of $13.4 million, compared to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’s $54.7 million opening in 2009 and G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s $40.5 million opening in 2013. The film stood second in box office collections for the week. Snake Eyes marks the first lead role in a big-budget film for Henry Golding, the actor who rose to fame with Crazy Rich Asians.

The third, fourth, and fifth places were taken by Marvel’s Black Widow, LeBron James’ Space Jam: A New Legacy, and Vin Diesel-starrer F9: The Fast Saga.

While the earnings of Black Widow and Space Jam: A New Legacy were bifurcated due to their simultaneous release in theatres as well as OTT platforms, F9 became the first non-Chinese theatrical release in the pandemic-era to have garnered $600 million worldwide.