Considering it starts as - and is marketed as being - little more than a home-invasion thriller, Peele's film grows beyond its horror tropes, and with each new question he answers, the director raises about five new ones in the process.
Universal's "Us", the second directorial effort from Jordan Peele, pulled off a stunning debut, generating $70 million from 3,741 North American locations. In an interview with Fandango, the director revealed he made cameos in both Us and Get Out films.
Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke play parents Adelaide and Gabe, who, while on holiday at a beach house with their kids in California, are terrorised by a family who appear to be exact copies of them. 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.
Peele's "Get Out" was a critically acclaimed blockbuster in theaters two years ago.
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In terms of box office numbers, Us has beat Get Out's opening weekend of $33 million, and will likely go on to top its $176 million domestic and $255 million global figures as well. The studio now boasts the second, third, and fourth-best opening weekends of 2019 with "Us", "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" ($55 million), and "Glass" ($40 million), respectively.
Joran Peele's latest horror movie, Us, is now tearing up the box-office, and its ambitious, abstract finale has undoubtedly left everyone leaving the cinema a little perplexed.
As of last weekend, year-to-date sales were down 19 per cent from a year earlier, though exhibitors should make up ground with big releases on the horizon, including Dumbo and Avengers: Endgame.
Strong reviews and word of mouth helped propel "Us". Audiences gave it a CinemaScore of B.