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

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The Universal Pictures release opened as the No. 1 film in North America, registering weekend sales of US$70.3 million (S$95 million) from USA and Canadian theatres and toppling Captain Marvel, researcher Comscore Inc. estimated Sunday (March 24) in an email. It has a 94 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, rare praise for the horror genre.

Jordan Peele's Us now holds the record for the largest weekend for an original horror movie, garnering $70 million during its opening weekend and surpassing 2018's A Quiet Place. Unlike Get Out, which took specific aim at a tight, self-contained issue that was neatly wrapped up by the end, Us is sprawling and purposefully ambiguous, giving the audience just enough to make their own minds up as to what the story is actually about, both figuratively and literally.

Us grossed more at its initial weekend box office than Peele's previous movie Get Out.

The film, along with returning hits like Captain Marvel, should help theatre owners collectively generate a 13 per cent increase in sales from the same weekend a year earlier, according to estimates from Box Office Pro. As of Sunday, it is now the 10th-biggest superhero movie of all time - a rank that stands to improve as Captain Marvel continues her reign in theaters. In third spot was Paramount's animation "Wonder Park", at $9 million (Sh906m).

Five Feet Apart, a romantic drama about two teens who fall in love while undergoing treatment for cystic fibrosis, secured the fourth slot with US$8.5 million. For Us, this was more than quadrupled, and Peele was able to work with a $20 million budget.

Coming in at No. 5 is Universal and DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

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