‘Glass Onion’ Box Office: How the ‘Knives Out’ Sequel Left Tens of Millions on the Table

Rian Johnson’s film could have grossed $40 million to $50 million at the Thanksgiving box office had Netflix given it a traditional theatrical release, versus having it go out in roughly 700 theaters.

Talk about a whodunit.

Rian Johnson’s sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery was the most popular new film opening at the otherwise troubled Thanksgiving box office — at least for adults — but Netflix brass would only allow the sequel to be booked in fewer than 700 North American theaters for one week. (Ted Sarandos has made it clear he’s focused on Netflix subscribers, not theatrical.)

The streamer doesn’t report box office grosses, but veteran Hollywood studio executives who are in close touch with theater owners believe Glass Onion earned between $12.7 million and $13 million domestically over the five-day holiday (Wednesday to Sunday).

That’s better than any other film besides Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ($64 million) and Disney Animation’s Strange World (a flop at $18.6 million). To put things in perspective, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar contenderThe Fabelmans posted a five-day Thanksgiving gross of $3.1 million from 638 theaters.

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