‘Death on the Nile’ tops slow Super Bowl weekend box office – Reuters

Death on the Nile

Erik Gruenwedel

Theatrical interpretation by Twentieth Century Studios of the Agatha Christie novel Death on the Nile is expected to top a lackluster North American box office with around $12.8 million from over 3,200 screens. The film directed and co-starring Kenneth Branagh and Gal Gadot, among others, has grossed an estimated $33.5 million worldwide.

‘Nil’ opener is less than half of Branagh’s previous run as Inspector Hercules Poirot in 2017 Murder on the Orient Express, which grossed $28.6 million in its opening weekend and $353 million worldwide from its theatrical run. This version did not have to deal with competing pandemic concerns and the Super Bowl.

Either way, the “Nile” is a win for AMC Networks, which owns the licensing rights to the Agatha Christie Library following its acquisition of home entertainment distributor RLJ Entertainment.

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The film also beat out the new Jennifer Lopez/Owen Wilson romcom release. Marry me, which is expected to follow just $8 million from 3,642 theaters ($16.5 million worldwide). The film’s simultaneous availability on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service also affected the box office.

Paramount Pictures Releases Prankster Film’s Second Weekend Fooled forever is expected to finish No. 2 with around $8.3 million; $37.4 million worldwide. Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home has added another $7.1 million in ticket sales and is expected to top Jim Cameron’s Avatar for No. 3 on the all-time North American box office chart.

Meanwhile, among the Best Picture Oscar nominations this week, director Paul Thomas Anderson Licorice Pizza expected to finish No. 1 with approximately $920,000 in ticket sales, easily topping Focus Features’ Belfast with less than $300,000. Other appointments, including King Richard, CODA, Dune, Don’t Look Up, The Power of the Dog, and alley of nightmares are streaming on HBO Max, Apple TV+, Netflix, and Hulu, respectively. West Side Story is coming to Disney+ in March.

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