Us has the largest weekend for an original horror movie

Us has the largest weekend for an original horror movie

The opening for Jordan Peele's Us is even bigger than the $70.2M that Universal reported with early morning reports showing $71.1M after a $16.8M Sunday.

The thriller stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, both of whom appear in two roles throughout the film. When it comes to R-rated horror films specifically, Get Out sits at third in lifetime gross, behind It and the original Exorcist, which is another record Us could soon shatter.

As part of the celebratory activities that took place after the debut of Us, Jay-Z chose to partake in the words of felicitations and congratulated director Jordan Peele for another cinematic feat. According to Variety, Us falls behind Disney's Captain Marvel for the second-best opening weekend so far this year. It has a 94 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, rare praise for the horror genre.

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Despite being an Academy Award victor with an impressive and varied CV, Us marks Lupita's first time in a leading role in a feature-length film. As for Universal, the studio now has the second, third and fourth biggest openings of the year - with "Us", "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World", and "Glass".

True enough. If you've seen the movie or are even vaguely intrigued by it, check out JOE's review on The Big Reviewski below about 35 minutes in. The conclusion to the Dragon trilogy pocketed US$6.5 million in its fifth weekend in theatres, bringing its domestic total to US$145 million. The R-rated terrorist thriller - starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer - follows the victims and survivors of the 2008 attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India.

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