Talk about a profitable thriller! From 3,741 North American locations, Jordan Peele’s movie “Us” generated $70 million on its debut. The psychological thriller about a family confronted by a band of doppelgangers nearly doubled projections. It stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, as a couple, forced to fend off blood-thirsty clones while vacationing with their children.
This attraction is enough to make it the second-best opening weekend of the year behind Disney’s “Captain Marvel”, which made $153 million on its opening weekend.
“Us” is the second directorial from Jordan. “Us” now has the largest weekend for an original horror
movie, exceeding “A Quiet Place.” It also devastated the benchmark set by Jordan’s directorial debut
“Get Out,” which launched with $33 million in 2017. Overseas, “Us” launched with $16.7 million from
47 international territories for a global start of $86.95 million.
“Put simply, Jordan Peele is a genius, He’s managed to tap into something that the domestic box office can’t get enough of. People can’t wait to see what he does next,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution.