No sophomore slump for Jordan Peele, with the followup to the director’s critically acclaimed horror hit “Get Out” conquering the box office in its opening weekend.
According to Box Office Mojo, “Us” raked in $70 million at the domestic box office in its debut weekend, easily besting the competition while also delivering the second-largest opening in movie history for a live-action, original film.
“Simply put, Jordan Peele is a genius, and we’re thrilled he put his signature touch to the genre,” Universal domestic distribution boss Jim Orr told Deadline. “Folks come out of the movie and they have to talk about. It’s really a topic of conversation, how people are interpreting the movie. That’s a great sign for legs.”
In addition, Variety reports that “Us” also brought in $16.7 million from 47 international territories, for a global total of just under $87 million, also noting that figure is “all the more impressive considering Universal and Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions spent a modest $20 million to make ‘Us’, not including marking and distribution fees, meaning the movie quadrupled its production cost in less than a week.”
Meanwhile, “Captain Marvel” continues to show strength, bumped down to second place with a domestic take of $35 million in its third weekend of release, for a domestic total of $321 million and an international gross topping $910 million.
Rounding out the weekend’s box-office top five: “Wonder Park” at third place with $9 million domestically in week two; “Five Feet Apart”, which brought in $8.75 million in its second week to capture fourth place; and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” at #5 with $6.5 million, with a five-week domestic total of $145.7 million.