News // JORDAN PEELE'S 'US' BREAKS RECORDS WITH HUGE OPENING

Gloria Bell moves up the Top Ten list as a slow-burning, indie hit.



Universal's Us (#1), from director/writer Jordan Peele (Get Out), opened well above predictions but, with $70.25 million, now sits as the second largest opening ever for a live-action, original picture.


It's the largest opening for an original film since Avatar opened to $77 million in 2009.


Us also opened to very positive reviews from critics, after debuting at SXSW. Its CinemaScore is a B, which isn't ideal, but its box office numbers mean it should stick around for a while. Peele's first feature, the Oscar-winning Get Out, opened strong to over $30 million and ended its run with $176 million, domestically. Us is expected to at least earn that much.


It's even more impressive to note that film was made for only $20 million.


As for holdovers, Captain Marvel (#2) continued to soar, earning an additional $35 million. It now sits at over $320 million, domestically, and $588 million, internationally. It should go on to top $1 billion worldwide in the coming weeks.


A24's Gloria Bell (#7) expanded this weekend to 654 theaters. The film, starring Julianne Moore, added $1.8 million to its total cume.


In limited release, Hotel Mumbai (#30) opened to $86,492 from four theaters.


Leaving the Top Ten this weekend are alien invasion action thriller Captive State (#11) and Oscar-winner Green Book (#15).


Opening next weekend, Disney's Dumbo will give Us some stiff competition. Neon's The Beach Bum will hope to turn SXSW raves to box office success. And, Pure Flix will open its faith-based, political drama, Unplanned on over 1,000 screens.


TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)


1. US - $70.25 million

2. CAPTAIN MARVEL - $35 million

3. WONDER PARK - $9 million

4. FIVE FEET APART - $8.75 million

5. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD - $6.5 MILLION

6. A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL - $4.5 million

7. GLORIA BELL - $1.8 million

8. NO MANCHES FRIDA 2 - $1.7 million

9. THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART - $1.125 million

10. ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL - $1 million


All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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