Jordan Peele’s latest horror thriller Us is estimated to bring in over $60 million this weekend after it had a huge Thursday night opening bringing in $7.4 million.
Peele’s Get Out, which won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, only had a $1.8 million Thursday preview opening. As Box Office Mojo points out Us, was only $300,000 behind last years mega hit Halloween which opened to $7.7 million on Thursday and went on to have an opening weekend total gross of over $76 million. Halloween would go on to gross over $253 million worldwide with $159 million from the domestic box office. Peele’s previous installation, Get Out, grossed over $255 million worldwide with a domestic gross of $176 million.
The film is receiving wide spread praise from critics. Rotten Toamtoes’ Tomatometer critic score currently sits at 95% with an Audience Score at 81%. Metacritics’s Metascore is at 81 with a User Score of 8.5.
Here’s the official description of the film:
“Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway.
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.”
Jordan Peele both wrote and directed the film which stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex.
The movie is in theaters now!