Jordan Peele's 'Us' breaks box office records with $70m debut weekend

Jordan Peele's 'Us' breaks box office records with $70m debut weekend

Peele had impressed Hollywood with his first production, "Get Out", another horror film with heavy social commentary that won an Oscar as Best Original Screenplay and was the 10th most profitable film of 2017.

As we wrote throughout the weekend, such records broken by Us include becoming the highest-grossing original horror opening ever (passing A Quiet Place' $50.2M), the highest-grossing original R-rated opening ever (passing Universal's Ted); the best opening for an original movie since 2009's Avatar ($77M) and the best opening for an original live action title in March. The film has earned almost $621.5 million worldwide since its opening weekend. Us took over the top spot at the box office from Captain Marvel, which had reigned for two weeks; Only Captain Marvel has notched a bigger opening this year, notes Variety, with $153 million. It stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke as a couple forced to fend off blood-thirsty clones while vacationing with their kids. Us had a bigger budget - reportedly some $20 million - but it's already made far more than that in just a few days in theaters.

Since no studios dared to release a movie in anticipation of Us, a number of holdovers rounded out domestic box office charts. The film was initially projected by industry experts to bring in closer to $45 million this weekend. The film has made $87 million worldwide. Since its debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival, Us has built up word of mouth.

Among specialty releases, Bleecker Street's Hotel Mumbai pulled in US$89,492 when it bowed in four theatres in NY and Los Angeles, translating to US$21,623 per venue. The movie was pulled from theaters in New Zealandfollowing the Christchurch shooting.

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