Jordan Peele’s “Us” broke the record for highest-grossing opening weekend for an original horror film this week, topping “A Quiet Place” which had a $50.2M debut. “Us” brought in $70M domestically on its opening weekend, and while taking the number-one spot in your genre is an impressive accomplishment on its own, the film also broke into the top 10 openings of all time for the month of March. It’s a very close race, with “Us” estimated to make $70.25M and the number-ten spot sits at $70.21M.
If the estimates prove to be correct, “Us” will sit at number-ten on the highest-grossing openings of all time for the month. The horror-thriller will bump the 2019 animated-comedy “The Lorax” from the list, which made $70.21M.
The list currently has “Beauty and the Beast” at number-one with $174M; followed by “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” with $166M; and “Captain Marvel” with $153M. The list continues with “The Hunger Games” and its $152M opening, followed by “Alice in Wonderland” with $116M, “Logan” with $88M; “Oz The Great and Powerful” with $79M; “Zootopia” with $75M; and “300” with $70.8M. Disney continues to gnaw away at the list year after year, currently holding 5 of the top-ten spots.
“Us” doubled the opening weekend of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” which made $33.3M on its opening weekend. We should point out that “Us” opened in over 3,700 locations, while “Get Out” opened in 2,781 locations. “Get Out” went on to make over $255M worldwide for the studio, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film was also nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Achievement in Directing. At the Golden Globes, the film was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
We will have to wait a long time to see if “Us” gets the same nominations that “Get Out” received, but Universal Pictures should already be happy with the turnout. “Us” was written and directed by Jordan Peele, the film features Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss.
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