Directed by Melina Matsoukas ("Insecure," Beyonce's "Formation" video) from a script by Lena Waithe, the film stars Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith as a couple on the run after an altercation with a police officer turns deadly. It is the feature debut for both Matsoukas and Waithe.
The film was well received with an A-minus CinemaScore and an 84% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
At No. 6, STX Entertainment's "21 Bridges" added $5.8 million Friday through Sunday in its second weekend (a 37% drop) for a cumulative total of $20.5 million.
In seventh place, Paramount's "Playing With Fire" added $4.2 million over three days in its fourth weekend for a cumulative $39.2 million.
At No. 8, Lionsgate's "Midway" added $4 million in its fourth weekend for a cumulative $50.3 million.
In ninth place, Warner Bros.' "Joker" added $2 million in its ninth weekend for a cumulative $330.6 million.
Rounding out the top 10, Universal's "Last Christmas" added about $2 million in its fourth weekend for a cumulative $31.7 million.
In limited release, A24 expanded "Waves" in its third weekend to 47 locations (up from 21) with $193,430 through the five days (a per-screen average of $4,116), including $140,995 over the weekend (a per-screen average of $3,000), and a cumulative $557,747.
Focus Features' "Dark Waters" added 90 theaters (up from four in its debut last weekend) with $860,000 through the five days (a per-screen average of $9,229), including $630,000 through the weekend (a per-screen average of $6,702), for a cumulative $977,000.
This week, the studio expands "Dark Waters" into wide release and STX Entertainment opens the animated comedy "Playmobil: The Movie."
In limited release, Amazon releases the biopic "The Aeronauts," Neon debuts the drama "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" and Magnolia Pictures reveals the sci-fi drama "Little Joe."
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