Where the Crawdads Sing exceeds expectations to score a $17M opening weekend. The film was released on July 15, 2022, and marks the biggest 3-day opening for a drama in over three years, surpassing ‘House of Gucci’.
Where the Crawdads Sing is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Delia Owens, the film follows, Catherine “Kya” Clark (Daisy Edgar-Jones) is an endlessly resourceful young girl who grows up in a North Carolina marsh. Abandoned by her parents and older siblings in the early 1950s, Kya learns to survive on her own. She is taught to read and write by her friend Tate Walker and falls for him, but is left behind once again when he goes to college.
Chase Andrews is a quarterback who draws Kya into a tryst with promises of marriage that never materialize. After Kya ends their relationship, Chase attempts to rape her and she narrowly escapes. Then, while she is away, Chase is found dead and Kya is engulfed in a murder trial, with the evidence against her seeming insurmountable.
The film is directed by Olivia Newman from a screenplay written by Lucy Alibar. staring Daisy Edgar-Jones as Catherine, Taylor John Smith as Tate Walker, Harris Dickinson as Chase Andrews, Michael Hyatt as Mabel, Sterling Macer, Jr. as Jumpin, David Strathairn as Tom Milton, and Jayson Warner Smith as Deputy Joe Purdue.