RadioOnFire.com – Following the success of his 2017 directorial debut, “Get Out,” that became a cultural phenomenon and an Academy Award-winning blockbuster hit, Jordan Peele is back with his sophomore and he’s proving to be a legitimate force at the box office.
“Us” premiered this weekend and took in an estimated $70.3 million in ticket sales at 3,741 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday, making it the best opening ever for an original horror title and the third biggest horror opening of all-time, only behind the 2017 “It” remake ($123.4 million) and last year’s “Halloween” sequel ($76.2 million).
With an additional $16.7 million tickets sold abroad, 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.
Additionally, “Us” has also become the biggest debut for an R-rated original title ahead of 2012’s “Ted“, which opened to $54.4 million, while coming in second as the biggest debut of the year behind “Captain Marvel“.
Aside from the numbers, the film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex as a family tormented by their evil doppelgängers, which thus far has garnered generally strong reviews from critics and fans alike.