Jordan Peele's highly-anticipated new film Us enjoyed an unexpectedly massive domestic opening weekend. Earlier estimates had Us tracking an opening weekend around $40-$50 million, strong word of mouth, and an appetite for something original pushed those estimates much, much higher.
Setting a new box office record for a live-action original movie with a gigantic $71.1 million, Us more than doubled the opening weekend of Peele's directorial debut Get Out, which went on to gross more than $176 million domestically back in 2017. We'll have to wait and see what the weeks ahead bring, but an opening weekend of this size would indicate that Us could reach more than $200 million before it finishes its domestic theatrical run.
Starring Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, Us finds a young family trying to enjoy a summer vacation fighting for their lives when murderous doppelgangers descend upon their beach house in the dead of night. I'll refrain from saying any more than the trailer gives away as the less you know going into the movie, the better. Shattering records for an R-rated horror as well, Us will hit $100 million before the end of the week.
Elsewhere in the US top ten, Captain Marvel is on track to set a few records herself in the next few days by becoming the first ever female-led superhero movie to make $1 billion worldwide. Thanks to a $35 million third weekend, Captain Marvel has generated more than $320 million domestically and almost $600 million internationally. We'll see Brie Larson suit up again in just over a month went she unites with the remaining Avengers to undo The Snap. Described as the "grand conclusion to 22 films", we'll find out who is left standing when Avengers Endgame lands in UK cinemas on April 25.