Jordan Peele's 'Us' breaks box office records with $70m debut weekend

Us director Jordan Peele and actors Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke at the movie's premiere at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City

Jordan Peele's 'Us' breaks box office records with $70m debut weekend

The highest-ever opening for a horror movie goes to It: Chapter One ($123.4 million) followed by David Gordon Green's Halloween sequel/soft reboot ($76.2 million).

Industry expectations at this point in time is that Us will ease 50% in weekend 2 with around $35M-$36M as Disney's Dumbo flies in with a $65M start.

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Five Feet Apart, a romantic drama about two teens who fall in love while undergoing treatment for cystic fibrosis, secured the fourth slot with US$8.5 million. The conclusion to the "Dragon" trilogy pocketed $6.5 million in its fifth weekend in theaters, bringing its domestic total to $145 million.

"There's nothing scary about horror for Hollywood", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. Us had a bigger budget - reportedly some $20 million - but it's already made far more than that in just a few days in theaters. Brie Larson's Carol Danvers remains a force at the box office, crossing $900 million in ticket sales globally. "Get Out" was also nominated for four Oscars, and Peele won for Best Original Screenplay.

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While Us catered to moviegoers looking for a good fright, Captain Marvel was doing some terrifying business of its own during the superhero blockbuster's third weekend of release.

Elsewhere in the box office chart, the Marvel movie Captain Marvel dropped to second place with an estimated $35 million weekend gross. That's not a terrific rating - Get Out got an A- - and it suggests the word of mouth on the film might not be particularly strong.

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The film has a 94% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes and has been building buzz since its premiere at Austin's SXSW conference earlier this month.

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