Jordan Peele’s second directorial debut Us smashed cinema expectations and took $70m over its opening weekend and pushing Captain Marvel down to number 2 in the charts.

It’s had such a great weekend, it now has the spot of being the biggest opening weekend for an original horror movie, overtaking A Quiet Place, and also the biggest launch of an R-rated movie after Ted. This movie now sits in third for best horror movie debuts, with It still leading with $123m. It also beat Peele’s first movie Get Out, pretty much doubling the takings of what that took.

Us sees Adelaide Wilson (Played by Lupita Nyong’o) and her family take a trip to their beach home. Their youngest son wanders off, which causes Adelaide to become overprotective of her family. During the night, they are then spooked by the arrival of four doppelgangers that talk and look just like them, only with disfigured appearances. Freaky right?

There are no other opening debuts in the top 10. As mentioned, Captain Marvel dropped to second, with a reasonable $35m over the weekend, bringing its total for the past three weeks up to $321mil – still the biggest film of the year so far! I’m sure it won’t be long until it’s beaten with DC’s Shazam and Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame both being released next month.

Captain Marvel Still

The only new entry into the Top 10 is Julianne Moore’s Gloria Bell. It has been on a limited opening on 8 March, but had a wider opening release this weekend and took $1.8m, sitting the film in number 7.

Weekend Box Office Figures

  1. Us – $70m
  2. Captain Marvel – $35m 
  3. Wonder Park – $9m
  4. Five Feet Apart – $8.75m
  5. How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World – $6.5m
  6. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral – $4.5m
  7. Gloria Bell – $1.8m
  8. No Manches Frida 2 – $1.78m
  9. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $1.12m
  10. Alita: Battle Angel – $1m

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