Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Jordan Peele’s Super Scary ‘Us’ on Pace for $67 Million Record Breaking Opening

*Yessir buddy! Jordan Peele‘s Monkeypaw productions and Univeral Studios is on to something with “Us.” And that’s an understatement.

The film has already exceeded analysts’ expectations with an opening day total take at the box office of $29 million.

Peele’s latest scary project film is on track to gross in the neighborhood of $67 million from 3,741 screens this weekend.

If that estimate holds, as Yahoo Entertainment points out, not only will “Us” have doubled the opening weekend of Peele’s debut film “Get Out” ($33.3 million), it will set a new opening weekend record for original horror films, beating the $50.2 million of last year’s “A Quiet Place.” It’s also a record for any original film released in March.

However, it’s not all good for “Us.” You see, while a majority of critics have been giving the film 2 thumbs up with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 95 percent, surprise, audiences aren’t quite as enthused as they were for “Get Out.” While that film earned an A on CinemaScore, “Us,” with its more opaque theme and twist ending, has received a B from opening night audiences, which is typical for what horror films tend to receive from the audience poll.

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Jordan Peele (screenshot/cnn)

Here more via Yahoo Entertainment:

Postrak demographic data shows that Friday night’s audience was 31 percent African-American, compared to 34 percent Caucasians, 22 percent Hispanic/Latino, and 13 percent Asian/Other.

“Captain Marvel” will settle for the No. 2 spot in its third weekend, though it is still continuing its torrid pace, as it will pass the $315 million domestic total for “Thor: Ragnarok” by Sunday’s end. The Marvel movie is set to make $34.6 million in its third weekend, bringing its domestic total to $321 million and, depending on overseas results, possibly push its global total past the $1 billion mark.

CBS Films/Lionsgate’s “Five Feet Apart” takes third place with an estimated $8.6 million, dropping 34 percent from its $13.1 million opening. Paramount’s “Wonder Park” is fourth, dropping 50 percent for a $7.8 million opening. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” completes the top five with $6.7 million in its fifth weekend.

 

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