Go out! Jordan Peele's "US" shatters with $ 70.3 million

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NEW YORK (AP) – Jordan Peele did it again. Two years after the "Get Out" director became a grossing film, his scary "Us" sequel debuted with $ 70.3 million in ticket sales, according to Sunday's study estimates.

The opening, well above forecasts, had few parallels. It was the biggest debut of an original horror film (only the remake of "It" and last year's "Halloween" they surpassed in genre) and one of the highest openings for an action film live since "Avatar" was released 10 years ago.

In today's world of film franchises, a young director has rarely been such a project. But the spectators began to flock around to see what kind of crazy Peele could have gathered in its second edition.

"Peele has really made an extraordinary story that I think will capture the cultural zeitgeist again," said Jim Orr, Universal's head of distribution. "He is recognized as an incredible talent: he makes films that make you think, that are extraordinarily well played, well written and incredibly funny."

"Noi" took first place at the box office by "Captain Marvel", who had reigned for two weeks. The release of the superheroes Marvel Studios has slipped to second place with $ 35 million in its third week. In three weeks of release, it has made $ 910 million worldwide and will soon become the first $ 1 billion version of 2019.

More teasing – the animated fun "Wonder Park" and the love story for teenagers of cystic fibrosis "Five Feet Apart" – took place on the third and fourth with about $ 9 million each in their second week.

But the weekend was overwhelming for "We", which more than doubled the $ 33.4 million debut national debut of the 2017 "Get Out" Oscar. The first film by the "Key & Peele" star as a writer and director , "Get Out" grossed $ 255.4 million on a budget of $ 4.5 million.

"We" cost $ 20 million, which means that it is already a great success for Peele and Universal Pictures, which recorded its third issue n. 1 of the year after "Glass" and "How to train your dragon: the hidden world".

It is also, as Peele said, more deeply a horror film. While "Us" got good reviews (94 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), the audience gave a relatively low "B" CinemaScore. Paul Dergarabedian attributed it mainly to spectators who felt shocked when they left the theater.

"Us" starred Lupita Nyong & # 39; o Winston Duke as parents on vacation whose family is faced with mysterious doppelgangers of themselves. The film added $ 16.7 million from 47 international territories.

While "We" was driven by a number of things, including Nyong's and the buzz of its first SXSW, the main strength was Peele. The forty-year-old director already has an imprimatur equaled only by veteran directors like Clint Eastwood.

"It's really hard for a director to become a superstar whose name brings people to the theater, and Jordan Peele did just that," said Dergarabedian. "He's a superstar director with a brand of his own, and with two feature films on his belt, it's really surprising, but it doesn't happen."

After a slow January and February, the overall box office bounced back thanks to "Captain Marvel" and "Us". The weekend increased by 15.3% compared to last year, according to Comscore.

The weekend followed a particularly tumultuous week in Hollywood. On Monday, Warner Bros. head Kevin Tsujihara resigned after a sex scandal. On Wednesday, Walt Disney Co. completed the $ 71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

In absorbing one of the six major studios of 20th Century Fox, Disney immediately made many layoffs and closed Fox 2000, the Fox label behind adaptations of books like "Hidden Figures" and "Life of Pi ".

Estimates of ticket sales for Friday to Sunday in the United States and Canadian cinemas, according to Comscore. If available, the latest international numbers for Friday to Sunday are also included.

1. "We", $ 70.3 million (international $ 16.7 million).

2. "Captain Marvel", $ 35 million ($ 52.1 million international).

3. "Wonder Park", $ 9 million ($ 5 million international).

4. "Five Feet Apart", $ 8.8 million ($ 6.2 million international).

5. "How to train your dragon: the hidden world", $ 6.5 million ($ 6 million international).

6. "A funeral of the Madea family", $ 4.5 million.

7. "Gloria Bell", $ 1.8 million.

8. "No Manches Frida", $ 1.8 million.

9. "Lego Movie 2: The Second Part", $ 1.1 million ($ 6.2 million international).

10. "Alita: Battle Angel", $ 1 million ($ 1.6 million international).

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Estimates of ticket sales for Friday to Sunday in the United States and Canadian cinemas, according to Comscore. If available, the latest international numbers for Friday to Sunday are also included.

1. "Captain Marvel", $ 52.1 million.

2. "More than blue", $ 29.6 million.

3. "We", 16.7 million dollars.

4. "Song of Youth", $ 11.3 million.

5. "Money", $ 10.3 million.

6. "Green Paper", $ 8.1 million.

7. "Bohemian Rhapsody", $ 7.6 million.

8. "Five Feet Apart", $ 6.2 million.

9. "Lego Movie 2: The Second Part", $ 6.2 million.

10. "How to train your dragon: the hidden world", $ 6 million.

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