News & Opinion | March 25, 2019 10:02 am

Jordan Peele’s “Us” Had Whopping $70 Million Opening Weekend

The film nearly doubled early projections.

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Jordan Peele's "Us" had a record-setting weekend at the box office. (Universal)

Jordan Peele’s Us had a stunning box office debut, generating $70 million in its opening weekendVariety reported.

The film’s opening numbers soared past already high expectations and nearly doubled early estimates that it would rake in no more than $45 million.

The movie’s better-than-expected U.S. debut now marks the second best opening weekend of the year, behind Disney’s Captain Marvel, which premiered earlier this month to a $153 million box office debut.

Us now also holds the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend for an original horror movie, nabbing the spot from A Quiet Place, which raked in $50 million in its opening weekend last year. Us now also boasts the biggest launch for an original R-rated film, unseating 2012’s Ted.

Peele’s second directorial feature has also far surpassed the his debut, the critically-acclaimed Get Out. Peele’s first film launched to a $33 million opening weekend back in 2017.

Us has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 94%, what’s considered to be rare praise for a horror flick and “a testament to Peele’s ability to deliver scares that also encourage audiences to think,” as Variety noted. The movie stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, a couple forced to battle their violent doppelgängers along with their kids while on a beach vacation weekend in Santa Cruz, California.