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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’ tops weekend box office despite critical panning

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, “Old,” topped the Box Office weekend in its debut despite a panning from critics and viewers — bringing in $16.5 million and beating out big-budget competitors “Snake Eyes” and “Space Jam: A New Legacy.”

The relatively low-budget $18 million flick delivered a surprise upset when it managed to edge out GI Joe-inspired “Snake Eyes,” which reportedly cost $88 million to produce.

“Old” is now Shyamalan’s third movie in a row to claim the top box-office spot, following his 2016 film “Split” and 2019 picture “Glass.”

But the thriller — about a beautiful, secluded beach which causes holidaymakers to age rapidly — also earned the title of Shyamalan’s lowest-grossing weekend No. 1 since the release of his breakthrough film “The Sixth Sense” in 1999, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Shyamalan’s movies have grossed more than $3 billion globally.

M. Night Shyamalan (right) directs Gael García Bernal on the set of his latest movie, "Old."
M. Night Shyamalan (right) directs Gael García Bernal on the set of his latest movie, “Old.”
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Nolan River playing in M. Night Shyamalan's "Old."
Nolan River playing in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old.”
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“Old” is also now the lowest-grossing film to debut at number 1 in July since 1996, Rotten Tomatoes said — excluding last year when theaters were largely closed across the country amid the pandemic.

It was a muted weekend overall for movie theaters, according to the review website, as fears over rising COVID-19 cases and the convenience of at-home streaming took its toll.

Still, the film’s relative financial success in its first weekend didn’t help with reviews.

M. Night Shyamalan and cast members attend the New York City premiere of "Old," on July 19, 2021.
M. Night Shyamalan and cast members attend the New York City premiere of “Old,” on July 19, 2021.
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“Old” has a 51 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and got a C+ CinemaScore.

Vox deemed it “a floppy but haunting thriller.”

Meanwhile, viewers also took to social media to poke fun at the whole premise of the film — which reduces a person’s lifetime to a single day.

“Every beach is the beach that makes you old sun is terrible for your skin,” one Twitter user quipped.

“hi yes bartender i would love one sex on the beach that makes you old,” another joked.


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