Rian Johnson’s Knives out has broken the $300 million barrier worldwide marking a huge international win for Lionsgate-MRC while kicking Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s butt who has $142 million stateside.
Johnson’s whodunit is also still in the top 10 domestically, being top 9 last weekend with $2.3 million. Knives Out are part of an elite group of films last year who have remained in the top 10 for weeks and the first film that has not been produced by Disney to hit the mark after Oscar winner for Best Picture, Universal’s Green Book did the same thing last March.
While Knives Out’s theatrical run is set to conclude, the film is still expected to be in the top 10 highest-grossing movies to open on Thanksgiving of all time. A projected $165 million is set as a domestic tally for the film once the numbers are finalized.
Johnson only had the one Oscar nomination for original screenplay, but Knives Out had three Golden Globe nods for Best Comedy Actor for Daniel Craig, Best Comedy Actress for Ana de Armas, and Best Comedy for the film itself. Outside of North America, Knives OUt has garnered $150 million, setting a record for the most successful multiple for a film in Thanksgiving that does not have an animated wide release (over 2 thousand runs). Overall, it is only behind Disney’s 1995 animated hit and franchise starter Toy Story, who had $222 million during its run back in the day.
Knives Out’s box office performance in other territories is as follows: $17 million in the United Kingdom, $9.3 in Australia, $8.2 million in France, and $9.7 in Germany. All of the four countries have the movie still running in theaters, while the movie has $28 million in China.
The film boasts an amazing ensemble consisting of Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Collete, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, and Katherine Langford among others.
Knives Out is a whodunnit where Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), an acclaimed crime novelist suddenly dies after celebrating his 85th birthday. Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), a clever detective comes to the deceased author’s estate to investigate his death. Blanc goes through Thrombey’s estate with a fine-tooth comb, needing to sift through his dysfunctional family, lies, red herrings, to learn about the truth behind the author’s untimely death and bring whoever have done it to justice.