‘Us’ Topples ‘Captain Marvel’ With $70M Opening
Jordan Peele’s “Us” is the big new release this weekend, dethroning “Captain Marvel” during the superhero’s third week at the box office. “Us” is the follow-up to Peele’s 2017 hit “Get Out,” and the film is crushing early box office projections.
During its opening weekend, “Us” made an estimated $70.2M across 3,741 locations. Jordan Peele wrote and directed “Us” and the film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss.
If you would like to compare the two Peele Projects, “Get Out” had a modest opening in 2017 when it made $33.3M across 2,781 locations. The original thriller was both a financial and critical success, earning Peele an Oscar win for Best Screenplay that same year. Once “Get Out” started building buzz, it expanded to 3,741 locations and made over $255M worldwide for the studio.
The new release dropped “Captain Marvel” to second-place on the domestic charts, but the superhero film brought in another $35M across 4,278 locations. The Marvel installment has now made over $321M domestically since it hit theaters three weeks ago. “Captain Marvel” was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck; the film features Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Clark Gregg, Jude Law, and Gemma Chan.
Paramount Pictures’ “Wonder Park” landed in third-place this weekend, bringing in $9M across 3,838 locations. Now in its second week in theaters, the animated-comedy has made over $29.4M domestically for the studio. Dylan Brown directed “Wonder Park;” the film features the voice talents of Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey Tambor, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, and John Oliver.
“Five Feet Apart,” from Lionsgate, made another $8.7M across 2,866 locations this weekend. The YA romantic drama has been in theaters for two weeks now, and has made $26.4M for the studio domestically. Justin Baldoni directed “Five Feet Apart;” the film stars Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse.
Fifth-place this weekend went to “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” which made another $6.5M across 3,347 locations. Now in its fifth week, the animated-comedy has made over $145.7M domestically for Universal Pictures. Dean DeBlois directed “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”; the film features the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, and Kit Harington.
Studios decided to let “Us” launch unopposed this weekend, but next weekend the film will have to battle Disney’s “Dumbo,” followed by “The Best of Enemies,” “Pet Sematary,” and “Shazam!” the week after.
The Weekend Box Office Results are updated every Sunday.
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