Universal Pictures’ “Us” is trending to top the domestic box office this weekend. Early estimates predict that the film will gross over $60M on its domestic debut, doubling the opening of Peele’s previous thriller “Get Out.” Peele’s “Get Out” earned the director an Oscar win for Best Screenplay, but the film had a modest opening in 2017 when it made $33.3M across 2,781 locations. Once the movie started building buzz, it expanded to over 3,700 locations and made over $255M worldwide for the studio. Unlike “Get Out,” “Us” is opening at 3,700 locations and the thriller is expected to bump “Captain Marvel” from the top spot on the box office chart.
“Us” made an estimated $29M on Friday, and if everything goes according to plan, the film should make somewhere between $62M-$67M over its opening weekend. Before Friday, the film was expected to make somewhere between $45M-$52M, but films starring women or people of color tend to get lowballed with early estimates before the Friday numbers start rolling in.
Other studios decided not to release any of their films against “Us” this weekend, but there are quite a few new releases on the horizon. Next weekend Disney’s live-action “Dumbo” adaptation hits theaters, and Matthew McConaughey and Isla Fisher’s “The Beach Bum” is opening at the specialty box office. The following weekend is overstuffed, with “The Best of Enemies,” “Pet Sematary,” and “Shazam!” all opening in theaters nationwide. That’s the same weekend that Elle Fanning’s “Teen Spirit” is opening at the limited box office. “Us” will have to hope for two big weekends before all of those films crowd the box office, but “Get Out” had its own competition and did just fine. In 2017, “Get Out” battled “Logan,” “The Shack,” and “Table 19” in its follow-up weekend and still made over $28M. “Get Out” remained in the top-three the following week, even when “Kong: Skull Island” hit theaters nationwide.
Jordan Peele wrote and directed “Us” for the studio; the film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss.
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