‘Us’ nearly breaks box office record on opening night
Us 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).
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Us stars Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther), Duke (Black Panther), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The 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.
Recently, Peele opened up to Vanity Fair about the film. The director gave a bit more background information into the plot.
The idea behind Us came from when he was a student in upstate New York. Every time he got out of the midnight train, he would always imagine himself seeing his mirror image looking back at him in a tunnel.
“It was one of these nightmarish things, that creepy feeling of, ‘I’ve got to get out of here because I don’t know what is coming,’” Peele says.
When he further explored this fear, he realized that one of the scariest things for humans is a fear of ourselves. He added that the film is inspired by some of his favorite horror films, but changes the main characters for the audience to see something they’ve never seen before.
“I want to see a black family on the beach, goddamnit!” he says. “I want to see a black family buy a boat. That happens. And we’ve never seen it.”
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