Jordan Peele's "Us" Sets Opening Weekend Record for Original Horror Film

ABC's'Nightline- 2019

For comparison, Jordan Peele's Oscar-winning directorial debut Get Out opened with $33 million in 2017.

The Universal Pictures release opened as the No. 1 film in North America, registering weekend sales of US$70.3 million (S$95 million) from USA and Canadian theatres and toppling Captain Marvel, researcher Comscore Inc. estimated Sunday (March 24) in an email.

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Jordan Peele basically has a blank cheque in Hollywood following the huge critical - 98% on Rotten Tomatoes - and commercial - $255 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget - success of Get Out. "Us" pushed Disney's "Captain Marvel" down to second place, at $35 million (Sh3.5 billion) for the weekend, but that female-led blockbuster had little to complain about.

Director Jordan Peele (L), and actors Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, seen at the March 19, 2019 NY premiere of "Us", helped propel the horror film to the top of the North American box office. That number is all the more impressive considering Universal and Peele's Monkeypaw Productions spent a modest $20 million to make "Us", not including marking and distribution fees, meaning the movie quadrupled its production cost in less than a week. The conclusion to the Dragon trilogy pocketed US$6.5 million in its fifth weekend in theatres, bringing its domestic total to US$145 million. Brie Larson's Carol Danvers remains a force at the box office, crossing $900 million in ticket sales globally. That's not a terrific rating - Get Out got an A- - and it suggests the word of mouth on the film might not be particularly strong. Fourth spot went to CBS/Lionsgate's teen drama "Five Feet Apart", at $8.8 million (Sh885m). The movie was pulled from theatres in New Zealand following the Christchurch shooting.

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