Friday Box Office: ‘Us’ Slices Up $29 Million on the Way to Scary Good Debut

     March 23, 2019

Congratulations Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex…ya played yourselves. And it actually turned out pretty okay: Jordan Peele‘s doppelgänger horror flick Us carved up $29 million on Friday night, coming in above expectations and headed toward an impressive $67 million+ debut weekend. A bit of perspective on that number — Us‘ numbers are mightily impressive in the R-rated horror realm, landing among top openers like Andy Muschietti‘s IT ($123.4 million) and David Gordon Green‘s Halloween sequel ($76.2 million). But if you’re talking an original idea, not a sequel or adaptation, Peele’s sophomore effort might be headed for the best horror opening of all time.

The film, Peele’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning Get Out, follows the Wilson family—Gabe (Duke), Adelaide (Nyong’o), Zora (Wright Joseph), and Jason (Alex)—attempting a summer lakehouse getaway when four home invaders shatter their peace. A terrifying situation turns macabre when the Wilsons realize their assailants are four twisted copies of themselves, doppelgängers come from underground armed with scissors. In Collider’s review, Eric Vespe called the film an “excellent horror film” that “avoids the sophomore slump.”

Us easily knocked Captain Marvel off its first-place perch, but the latest entry in the MCU is still flying right along with another $9 million, en route to a predicted $32 million third weekend. The film—starring Brie Larson as the super-charged title character—is pretty much guaranteed to soar past the $300 million mark domestically this weekend and is headed right for $900 million worldwide.

Rounding out Friday night’s top 3 is CBS Film’s romantic-drama Five Feet Apart, starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson as cystic fibrosis patients who fall in love. The film notched another $2.7 million on its second Friday night.

Take a look at Friday’s numbers below and check back tomorrow for full weekend estimates. (Numbers via Box Office Mojo)

Rank Title Friday Total
1. Us   $29,060,000 $29,060,000
2. Captain Marvel        $9,226,000 $295,703,835
3. Five Feet Apart          $2,746,000 $20,457,064
4. Wonder Park      $2,170,000 $22,647,304
5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World  $1,670,000 $140,889,630

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