Shyamalan Tops Box Office Again With Thriller ‘Old’

by Thomas Tuna

At least for one weekend, it was hip to be “old”.

Night Shyamalan’s latest journey into horror–Old–was the box office champ this past weekend, pulling in $16.5 million domestically and another $6.5 million overseas for a total of $23 million, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

This marks the seventh time one of Shyamalan’s films has debuted in the No. 1 spot. But it wasn’t all peaches and cream for the acclaimed filmmaker, in this world where moviegoers are still slow to go out due to concerns over COVID.

Old, despite its success, posted the lowest opening numbers of any Shyamalan film. By comparison, his two previous movies, Split and Glass, each earned $40 in its opening weekend.

Shawn Robbins, an analyst for Boxoffice Pro, said Old still enjoyed a “respectable performance in this mid-recovery theatrical landscape.” He added that the film is “another example of the horror genre’s ability to attract audiences.”

Old–written and directed by Shyamalan–is based on the 2013 French graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. The film–where several families vacationing on an idyllic beach unexpectedly start to age rapidly–stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie and Abbey Lee.

The Universal Pictures film is produced by Shyamalan, Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, with Steven Schneider acting as executive producer.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest box office results for your favorite horror films.


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