Jordan Peele’s New Movie Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

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Jordan Peele’s second directorial feature film opened this past weekend. Following 2017’s Get Out (which earned the 40-year-old his first Oscar for original screenplay), Us has already shattered commercial projections and set new records in the Horror genre.

According to a Variety report amid the weekend, Us achieved more than $70 million of box office in the United States. The feat surpasses last year’s A Quiet Place for the best opening weekend for an original Horror film. Notably, the work also breaks a record held by Seth MacFarlane’s 2012 movie Ted, for strongest opening by an R-rated feature. In addition to the domestic $70MM, Us raked in nearly $17 million across 47 foreign countries and territories.

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Perhaps more impressive than ticket sales, Peele’s second film is one of significant profitability. Variety notes that Us was made with a $20 million budget, including marketing and distribution. It also features a respected cast including Oscar-winning Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave), Winston Duke (Black Panther), and Emmy-winning Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale). The picture follows Get Out, which boasted a production budget of less than $5 million, before earning more than $255 million at theaters globally.

Competing with the NCAA basketball tournament, Us was projected to open at $38-to-45 million. Get Out debuted with $33 million two years ago.

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Between Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele co-produced Spike Lee’s “Best Picture” nomination, BlacKkKlansmen.