Carter actually played a role in inspiring the Peele making Us which stars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke. Now the writer-director is back with Us, about a family whose vacation is shattered by intruders who look just like them. The film was initially projected by industry experts to bring in closer to $45 million this weekend.
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It tucked in behind Captain Marvel as the second biggest opening weekend of the year so far, and also dwarfed Peele's first effort, Get Out, which made $33 million on its opening weekend in 2017. That number is all the more impressive considering Universal and Peele's Monkeypaw Productions spent a modest $20 million to make "Us", not including marking and distribution fees, meaning the movie quadrupled its production cost in less than a week.
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Though Get Out's return on dividends is hard to top, Us has plenty of competition in the horror category for meeting other benchmarks.
As we wrote throughout the weekend, such records broken by Us include becoming the highest-grossing original horror opening ever (passing A Quiet Place' $50.2M), the highest-grossing original R-rated opening ever (passing Universal's Ted); the best opening for an original movie since 2009's Avatar ($77M) and the best opening for an original live action title in March.
With the better-than-expected debut of "Us", ticket sales at domestic box office are pacing over 15% ahead of the same frame in 2018, when "Pacific Rim Uprising" was the No. 1 film in North America.