Box Office Milestone: 'Knives Out' Crosses $300M Globally in Big Win for Original Fare
1:33 PM PST 2/11/2020 by Pamela McClintock
Rian Johnson directed the star-studded whodunnit.
In a noteworthy feat for an original title, Rian Johnson's whodunnit Knives Out has reached the $300 million mark at the worldwide box office.
Knives Out's domestic total through Monday stands at $159.1 million, with an international tally of $140.9 million.
The crime caper — which first hit theaters in late November — is the second-most successful original movie of 2019 at the global box office behind Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which grossed $374.2 million. In North America, Knives Out beat Once Upon a Time's domestic total of $142.4 million to place second in terms of original titles behind Jordan Peele's Us ($175.1 million).
From Lionsgate and MRC, Knives Out has shown remarkable staying power since bowing in North America on Nov. 21, the beginning of the lucrative Thanksgiving corridor.
The movie was directed and written by Johnson, who also produced alongside Ram Bergman via their T Street banner. (MRC and The Hollywood Reporter share a parent company, Valence Media, which also has a stake in T-Street.)
Knives Out's ensemble cast includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell and Christopher Plummer.
When it concludes its theatrical run, the pic will be among the 10 top-grossing films ever released over Thanksgiving, according to Lionsgate.
Fueled by stellar reviews and strong audience exit scores, the film has enjoyed remarkable staying power, similar to the Thanksgiving tentpole Frozen 2. Johnson's movie has also set a record for the highest Thanksgiving multiple for a non-animated Thanksgiving pic, approaching 6x.
Miniscule week-to-week declines kept the film in the top 10 for 10 weekends — a feat generally reserved for Disney titles — while it climbed back into the top 10 over the past weekend.
Overseas, top-performing territories to date include China ($28.4 million), followed by the U.K. ($16.8 million), Germany ($9.7 million), Australia ($9.3 million) and France ($8.2 million and counting).
Johnson was nominated for best original screenplay at Sunday's Academy Awards (he lost out to Parasite's Bong Joon Ho), among