Jordan Peele's 'Us' Scares Up $70 Million, 'Captain Marvel' Falls Off

Jordan Peele's 'Us' Scares Up $70 Million, 'Captain Marvel' Falls Off

Jordan Peele's 'Us' Scares Up $70 Million, 'Captain Marvel' Falls Off

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.

It exceeded industry expectations in a big way.

Director Jordan Peele (L), and actors Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, seen at the March 19, 2019 NY premiere of "Us", helped propel the horror film to the top of the North American box office. The conclusion to the Dragon trilogy pocketed US$6.5 million in its fifth weekend in theatres, bringing its domestic total to US$145 million. Us had a bigger budget - reportedly some $20 million - but it's already made far more than that in just a few days in theaters. Along with its strong critical acclaim, Us will mark the newest high-water mark for Peele's budding film career. Us could easily crush that global tally of $255.4 million and then some by the time it's finished with its theatrical run. "Get Out" was also nominated for four Oscars, and Peele won for Best Original Screenplay. The studio now boasts the second, third, and fourth-best opening weekends of 2019 with "Us", "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" ($55 million), and "Glass" ($40 million), respectively.

"Us" represents another horror hit for Hollywood.

As of last weekend, year-to-date sales were down 19 per cent from a year earlier, though exhibitors should make up ground with big releases on the horizon, including Dumbo and Avengers: Endgame. Since its debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival, Us has built up word of mouth. Audiences gave it a CinemaScore of B.

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