20th Century Studios’ Death on the Nile sailed to the number one spot at the domestic box office this weekend grossed $12.8 million.
Sadly, the film has quite an uphill battle if wants to break even. Death on the Nile cost a hefty $90 million to produce, it was also plagued with multiple delays due to the ongoing pandemic. That said, typically Super Bowl weekend is great counterprogramming and a decent weekend for moviegoing.
Death on the Nile will need to see strong numbers overseas to help propel the movie into the green. At the international box office, the brought in $20.7 million from 47 foreign markets. The movie has yet to open in China, which is currently the world’s biggest moviegoing market and, in 2017, dug up a solid $34 million for for the first film in the franchise Murder on the Orient Express.
The Disney-backed project will see some stiff competition next week with the release of the Tom Holland-led Uncharted, based on the popular video game franchise.
Death on the Nile is a daring mystery-thriller based on the beloved 1937 novel by acclaimed author Agatha Christie. Kenneth Branagh, back as the iconic detective Hercule Poirot, is joined by Tom Bateman, four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, and Letitia Wright. “Death on the Nile,” which reunites the filmmaking team behind 2017’s global hit Murder on the Orient Express, is written by Michael Green, adapted from Christie’s novel, and is produced by Ridley Scott, Kenneth Branagh, p.g.a., Judy Hofflund, p.g.a. and Kevin J. Walsh, with Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Matthew Jenkins, James Prichard and Mathew Prichard serving as executive producers.
Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this dramatic tale of love gone wrong features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement.
Death on the Nile opens on February 11, 2022, exclusively in theaters.