Sunday, March 24, 2019
Jordan Peele has done it again. Two years after the filmmaker’s “Get Out” became a box-office sensation, his frightening follow-up, “Us,” debuted with $70.3 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The opening, well above forecasts, had few parallels. It was the largest debut for an original horror film (only the “It” remake and last year’s “Halloween” have surpassed it in the genre) and one of the highest openings for a live-action original film since “Avatar” was released 10 years ago.
In today’s franchise-driven movie world, seldom has a young director been such a draw. But moviegoers turned out in droves to see what kind of freak-out Peele could muster in his sophomore release.
“Peele has really crafted an extraordinary story that I think once again is going to capture the cultural zeitgeist,” said Jim Orr, distribution chief for Universal. “He is recognized as just an amazing talent. He crafts films that make you think, that are extraordinarily well-acted, well-written and are amazingly entertaining.”
“Us” took over the top spot at the box office from “Captain Marvel,” which had reigned for two weeks. The Marvel Studios superhero release slid to second place with $35 million in its third week. In three weeks of release, it’s made $910 million worldwide, and will soon become the first $1 billion release of 2019.
Other holdovers — the animated amusement “Wonder Park” and the cystic fibrosis teen romance “Five Feet Apart”— trailed in third and fourth with about $9 million each in their second week.
But the weekend belonged overwhelming to “Us,” which more than doubled the $33.4 million domestic debut of 2017’s Oscar-winning “Get Out.” The former “Key & Peele” star’s first film as writer-director, “Get Out” ultimately grossed $255.4 million on a $4.5 million budget.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore.
“Us,” $70.3 million ($16.7 million international).
“Captain Marvel,” $35 million ($52.1 million international).
“Wonder Park,” $9 million ($5 million international).
“Five Feet Apart,” $8.8 million ($6.2 million international).
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” $6.5 million ($6 million international).
“A Madea Family Funeral,” $4.5 million.
“Gloria Bell,” $1.8 million.
“No Manches Frida,” $1.8 million.
“Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” $1.1 million ($6.2 million international).
“Alita: Battle Angel,” $1 million ($1.6 million international).