Jordan Peele 'Us'

‘Us’ already set a horror film record on opening weekend

Peele's film is scaring up all kinds of records...

March 24, 2019
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After nearly breaking a box office record on opening night, Jordan Peele’s Us is continuing to horrifying fans and solidify its ranks among some of the greatest horror films of our time. As the weekend comes to a close, the horror film has broken the record for biggest opening weekend for an original horror film.

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Jordan Peele‘s latest horror endeavor debuted to an estimated $70.3 million in ticket sales across 3,741 theaters in the U.S. and Canada this weekend.

That pushes Us to the title of biggest opening weekend for an original horror film, and third-biggest horror opening of all time right behind 2017’s It ($123.4 million) and 2018’s Halloween sequel ($76.2 million).

And that’s not all…

Us also becomes the biggest debut for an R-rated original title ahead of 2012’s Ted ($54.4 million). It’s also the second-biggest debut of 2019, right behind Captain Marvel.

Peele’s follow-up film premiered in theaters Thursday night and earned $7.4 million. It was just $300,000 shy of breaking a record for best preview night for a horror film, with 2018’s Halloween barely beating it out.

The film surpassed preview nights of The Nun ($5.4 million) and A Quiet Place ($4.3 million). Outside of the horror realm, Us even beat out the preview nights for major Marvel films such as Thor: Dark World ($7.1 million) and Ant-Man ($6.4 million).

Before it’s debut, the Get Out director snagged a second, and very rare, 100 percent rating with the film on Rotten Tomatoes.

Us stars Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther), Duke (Black Panther), Elisabeth Moss (Mad MenThe Handmaid’s Tale) and Tim Heidecker (Ant-Man And The Wasp). The film later announced additional cast members. Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Madison Curry, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon and Duke Nicholson (Jack Nicholson’s grandson) are also in the cast.

Have you seen Jordan Peele’s Us yet? What did you think? Sound off in the comments below!

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

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