With his new film “Us” blasting to an estimated $70.3 million opening in North American theaters in one of the best launches ever for a horror film, director Jordan Peele has done it again.
Website BoxOfficeMojo called the film’s three-day ticket sales “mind- blowing.”
The Universal production, which stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss in the story of a family that encounters horrifying versions of themselves, had the second-best launch of the year, trailing only blockbuster “Captain Marvel,” according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations.
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. The new film has a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, rare praise for a horror flick.