Jordan Peele’s LATEST mastermind, ‘Us’ is already BREAKING RECORDS and on paced for even MORE greatness as his OPENING weekend draws to a close.
Opening NIGHT numbers are end, and ‘Us’ raked in a STAGGERING 29 million out the gate! That includes $7.4m in Thursday previews, meaning that the MonkeyPaw chiller earned just 25% of its “opening day” take on Thursday.
Us, an original, R-rated horror movie with a mostly black cast, just scored the biggest opening day in history for a live-action original. But check this though, and we must add in inflation, but Peele’s THRILLER outperformed ‘Avatar’s opening numbers: it earned more on Friday than the opening day ($26.7m) and the second Saturday ($28.272m) of James Cameron’s BLOCKBUSTER!
Us is on track to score the highest movie debut for an original horror flick as well as land a top spot as one of the largest movie debuts of 2019, according to Variety magazine.
The movie is estimated to have already taken in $67 million from 3,741 North American locations. Should these numbers continue, the movie could topple Ted as the largest debut for an R-rated movie (Ted earned $54.4 million) and come in next to Captain Marvel as the second-highest debut this year.
The current projection is above earlier estimates, which had placed it in the $38 million to $50 million range, and marks quite a leg up over Peele’s last film, “Get Out.” That horror pic debuted to $33 million in 2017 and eventually amassed $167 million Stateside.
Lupita Nyong’o stars as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband (Winston Duke) and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for a summer getaway. As her paranoia increases and she becomes more certain something bad will happen to her family, the silhouettes of four figures — the family’s doppelgangers — appear in the driveway.
Peele wrote and directed the pic, which Universal is distributing, and it’s the first solo production for Peele’s company, Monkeypaw Productions.
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