Hollywood heavyweight Jordan Peele is officially one of the biggest directors in the world and has the numbers to prove it. The Oscar winner’s new Us movie dominated the box office this past weekend with $70 million.
According to reports, Peele’s new flick is the second biggest movie opening of 2019.
Universal’s “Us,” the second directorial effort from Jordan Peele, pulled off a stunning debut, generating $70 million from 3,741 North American locations. That haul is enough to land it the second-best opening weekend of the year behind Disney’s “Captain Marvel” ($153 million). The psychological thriller about a family confronted by a band of doppelgangers nearly doubled projections, which estimated a three-day total in the $38 million to $45 million range. (Variety)
The must-see movie has the largest opening weekend for an original horror film.
Additionally, Us delivered the largest opening for an original, R-rated film, topping Universal’s Ted ($54.4m) not to mention the largest opening for an original horror film, topping A Quiet Place ($50.2m). The performance comes with a “B” CinemaScore, which is a notch below the “A-” for Get Out, but is still a solid audience grade for a horror film. The overall opening weekend audience was split 50/50 among males and females and 53% of the overall audience was aged 25 or older. (Box Office Mojo)
Back in 2017, Peele’s now-epic Get Out movie exploded with massive goal sales.
Peele’s “Get Out” was a critically acclaimed blockbuster in theaters two years ago. It hauled in $255 million at the box office globally — $33 million on its opening weekend. That was 56 times its budget. “Get Out” was also nominated for four Oscars, and Peele won for Best Original Screenplay. As for Universal, the studio now has the second, third and fourth biggest openings of the year — with “Us,” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” and “Glass.” (CNN)
Over the weekend, Us star Lupita Nyong’o shared some fan-made awesomeness inspired by the movie.
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