Get Out! Jordan Peele's 'Us' shatters records with $70.3M

Lawrence Kim
March 25, 2019

The film has made $87 million worldwide. The Universal production, which stars Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss in the story of a family that encounters horrifying versions of themselves, had the second-best launch of the year, trailing only blockbuster "Captain Marvel", according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations. Us will also have the biggest debut weekend for a R-Rated movie, displacing 2012's Ted which grossed $54.4 million.

For some perspective, $70.3 million is more than double the $33.3 million opening writer/director Jordan Peele's first film, Get Out, had back in the winter of 2017. The film also stars Winston Duke, known for playing Mbaku in Black Panther, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex. Us cost $20 million to make, meaning it's already a huge hit for Peele and Universal Pictures. That's not a terrific rating - Get Out got an A- - and it suggests the word of mouth on the film might not be particularly strong. The female-fronted tentpole added another US$34 million, taking its domestic tally past US$320 million. The film has earned almost $621.5 million worldwide since its opening weekend.

Since no studios dared to release a movie in anticipation of "Us", a number of holdovers rounded out domestic box office charts. In third spot was Paramount's animation "Wonder Park", at $9 million (Sh906m). In today's franchise-driven movie world, seldom has a young director been such a draw for moviegoers. Now, in the film's opening weekend, it's becoming obvious that it's all paid off (literally) for the Get Out director. 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.

Among specialty releases, Bleecker Street's "Hotel Mumbai" pulled in $89,492 when it bowed in four theaters in NY and Los Angeles, translating to $21,623 per venue. The R-rated terrorist thriller - starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer - follows the victims and survivors of the 2008 attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India.

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