Jordan Peele’s Us dominated the domestic box office out-performing expectations and delivering the second largest opening ever for a live-action, original movie. The highest opening was Avatar‘s $77 million debut in 2009.
Us earned an estimated $70.25 million which is the third largest opening for an R-rated horror film, the largest for an original R-rated film. That’s over double the amount Get Out earned it’s opening weekend, $33.3 million.
The film earned a “B” CinemaScore which is a bit below Get Out‘s “A-.” The audience was split 50/50 between men and women and 53% of the audience was aged 25 or older.
Us also opened in 47 markets to bring in an estimated $16.7 million. Next weekend it opens in South Korea, Russia, and Australia, follow by Italy April 4 and Japan on August 23.
Captain Marvel dropped to second place with a 48.5% dip and an estimated $35 million. Domestically the film has earned $321.5 million. Internationally the film also earned $52.1 million from 54 markets to bring that total to $588.8 million and a worldwide total of $910.3 million. It’s likely to cross $1 billion in the next week or two.
In third place was Wonder Park which delivered an estimated $9 million to bring its domestic total to $29.5 million. It also earned $5 million internationally to bring that total to $10.2 million.
Five Feet Apart was in fourth place where it earned an estimated $8.8 million to bring its domestic total to $26.5 million. It’s now plying in 37 markets where it earned an estimated $6.2 million to bring that total to $6.3 million.
Rounding out the top five was How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World which earned an estimated $6.5 million and a domestic total of $145.8 million. Internationally, the film added $6 million from 62 markets to bring that total to $342.3 million and $488.1 million worldwide.
In other comic film news…
Alita: Battle Angel came in at #10 and earned a little over $1 million to bring its domestic total to $83.7 million.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse improved to come in at #19 with an estimated $250,000 to bring its domestic total up to $189.9 million.
Shazam! also held special screenings through Fandango where it earned an estimated $3.3 million. That beats How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World‘s $2.6 million from Fandango screenings and Aquaman‘s $2.9 million from Amazon Prime screenings.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year and last year’s comic adaptations.