Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ makes a killing with $70M+ debut

Universal Pictures/MN Lupita Nyong’o (r) Shahadi Wright Joseph (r) and Evan Alex

There was no sophomore slump for Jordan Peele. His latest film Us earned a staggering $70 million, marking the biggest opening weekend for an original horror movie.

Unseating Disney’s Captain Marvel, the Universal suspense-thriller easily surpassed the $40 million predicted by industry analysts. The film also topped opening weekend numbers for Peele’s 2017 directorial debut breakout, Get Out, which opened to $33 million and went on to make $255 million worldwide.

Us marks the first starring vehicle for actress Lupita Nyong’o, who received rave reviews for her performance. She, along with her Black Panther co-star Winston Duke, play parents of a middle-to-upper class Black family who do battle against their evil, murderous twins.

Like Get Out, Us is laced with multilayered socio-political commentary and scored high with critics. Moviegoers can look forward to more thoughtful thrills from Peele in the near future as his upcoming projects include a remake of the cult classic movie The Candyman and a reboot of The Twilight Zone.

Us opened nationwide on March 22. Check local listings for show times. For more info, visit

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