Jordan Peele’s Us now holds the record for the single best weekend for an original horror movie. The film took in a whopping $70 million in the North American market – absolutely demolishing the previous $50.2 million record held by John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place. With its massive weekend, Us now boasts the second most profitable opening by an original R-rated feature – only behind Seth MacFarlane’s Ted.
Peele’s horror hit shocked the industry and nearly doubled the initial $45 million box office projections. Us opened this weekend to over thirty-seven hundred theaters across the North American market. Peele’s Get Out follow-up is behind Captain Marvel ($153 million) as the second most profitable opening in 2019.
Us has seen critical and commercial acclaim for mixing elements of traditional horror, psychological thriller, and comedy into a unique cinematic experience. The thriller follows an African American nuclear family that is terrorized by their sinister doppelgangers. The film currently sits at an impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Jordan Peele’s sophomore attempt received incredible praise from audiences and critics alike in its debut at SXSW. Since then, Us has not only established itself as an exceptional follow-up to Peele’s modern classic, Get Out, but created a name for itself as the horror event of the year. As the box office continues to heat up one thing is clear, Peele’s powerhouse directorial career has only just begun. This news was first reported by Variety.