‘Us’ Records Biggest Ever Opening Weekend For An Original Horror Film

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, Film
Published 25.03.19
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Get Out was met with universal acclaim when it dropped in 2017, launching director Jordan Peele into Hollywood’s horror hot-seat.

The film has 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and took $255 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget, making Peele just about the most lucrative man in the film-making game.

His follow-up project was always going to find difficulty in replicating its predecessor’s success, but as it turns out it actually wasn’t that tough at all, as Us has received the biggest-ever opening for an original horror movie.

That’s ever, ever.

Following its release, Deadline reports that the film has taken over $70 million (£53m) across its opening weekend alone, with that total being pumped up to a tasty $86.95 million when the worldwide box office is taken into account.

Currently holding a 94% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has taken the title from 2018’s A Quiet Place, which bagged $50 million (£38m) in its first weekend. In comparison, Peele’s previous effort Get Out received $33 million (£25m) during its opening in 2017.

There’s no doubt that the goodwill from ‘Get Out’ paved the way for initial interest,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution. “He’s [director Jordan Peele] just a tremendous talent, and people recognize it. They could not wait to see what he’s going to do next.”

This comes after Peele revealed in an interview with Fandango that he had a cameo in the film, although you’d be forgiven for missing it.

Apparently, he lent his voice for a dying rabbit, and he even provided some audio for the blood-curdling sound.

Furthermore, and this is where it gets really interesting, the director also told Polygon that he’d be up for exploring the Us-universe – the Us-verse – again sometime in the near future.

“Sure! It’s a fun one,” Peele told them, referring to the dystopian world he built from a web of horror movie references and Twilight Zone themes.

“There’s a lot going on there. The ‘Us-verse’ … I like that.”

We’ll sit tight and look forward to that one.

For now, though, Jordan, drink in your immense success. I’m not jealous at all.

Images via Universal Pictures

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