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How the "Knives Out" sequel stabbed itself in the foot

ROLE CALL: Daniel Craig (centre) surrounded by castmates in Rian Johnson's sequel to the hit "Knives Out" mystery movie.

Peter Howell

Movie Critic

Movie box office results for the Nov. 23-27 Thanksgiving holiday period (all amounts US$) plus IMDb trivia:

— Had he lived, this would have been Chadwick Boseman's final contractually obliged appearance in a live-action "Black Panther" movie. He signed a five-picture deal with Marvel Studios in 2014, but died of cancer in 2020 before he could fulfill the terms of the contract.

2. Strange World ($18.6M)

— This animated sci-fi action film marks the second time Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal have played father and son characters. The first time was in the sci-fi drama "The Day After Tomorrow" in 2004.

— Rian Johnson's "Knives Out" sequel could have earned as much as $50 million over the U.S. Thanksgiving five-day holiday, The Hollywood Reporter says. Instead the popular pic made a fraction of that amount because Netflix limited screens to 700 across North America, preferring at-home audiences to in-theatre ones. The estimated $12-13 million it did take in (Netflix doesn't release audience figures) was still enough for a third place showing at the box office.

4. Devotion ($9.0M)

— Set during the Korean War, this fact-based story of Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in U.S. Navy history, had a big assist in the action department: director J.D. Dillard hired Kevin LaRosa, who oversaw and designed the flight sequences for "Top Gun: Maverick."

5. The Menu ($7.4M)

— There were some major changes to this menu: Emma Stone was originally attached play the lead role with Alexander Payne directing. Instead, Anya Taylor-Joy replaced Stone and Mark Mylod became director. 🌓

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter,, Wikipedia

Twitter: @peterhowellfilm


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