Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ stuns with US$70m opening weekend

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ stuns with US$70m opening weekend

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ stuns with US$70m opening weekend

That 2017 thriller opened with $33.3 million and went on to make more than $176 million domestically, becoming the third largest R-Rated horror film of all-time behind It ($327 million) and The Exorcist ($232 million).

The Universal Pictures release opened as the No. 1 film in North America, registering weekend sales of US$70.3 million (S$95 million) from United States and Canadian theatres and toppling Captain Marvel, researcher Comscore Inc. estimated Sunday (March 24) in an email.

With an additional $16.7 million tickets sold overseas, the accumulative total of $87 million far exceeds the $33.4 million opening weekend for "Get Out", while also blowing past the film's reported $20 million production budget. Us took over the top spot at the box office from Captain Marvel, which had reigned for two weeks; Only Captain Marvel has notched a bigger opening this year, notes Variety, with $153 million.

"Us" is another hit for Peele and Universal.

Since no studios dared to release a movie in anticipation of Us, a number of holdovers rounded out domestic box office charts. Brie Larson's Carol Danvers remains a force at the box office, crossing $900 million in ticket sales globally.

The movie, which premiered at the South By Southwest festival, has debuted to solid reviews from critics too, with a 94 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That's a strong result, considering it cost a modest $7 million to produce. The film was initially projected by industry experts to bring in closer to $45 million this weekend. The R-rated terrorist thriller - starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer - follows the victims and survivors of the 2008 attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India.

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