'Us' Had the Biggest Opening Ever for An Original Horror Movie

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"Us" pushed Disney's "Captain Marvel" down to second place, at $35 million (Sh3.5 billion) for the weekend, but that female-led blockbuster had little to complain about.

The sheer openness when it comes to he interpretations is perhaps best summed up when Red (the doppelganger of Lupita Nyong'o's Adelaide) answers her double's cries to know who or what her family are with the simple response: "We're Americans".

New horror movie Us, director Jordan Peele's follow up to his breakthrough Get Out, has stunned box office pundits on its opening weekend. The film has made $87 million worldwide.

Director Jordan Peele (L), and actors Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, seen at the March 19, 2019 NY premiere of "Us", helped propel the horror film to the top of the North American box office. However, there's one big difference here: Get Out was made with a budget of just $4.5 million, given Peele's status as a new director. It has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, rare praise for the horror genre and a testament to Peele's ability to deliver scares that also encourage audiences to think. Brie Larson's Carol Danvers remains a force at the box office, crossing $900 million in ticket sales globally.

Us grossed more at its initial weekend box office than Peele's previous movie Get Out. With a number of family-friendly options now headlining movie theater marquees, "Wonder Park" has struggled to break out among younger moviegoers and find the kind of audience it needs to justify its costly budget. From the film's opening on March 22, 2019, throughout its opening weekend, it has amassed over $70 million nationwide.

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