Jordan Peele’s latest film, Us, debuted with an impressive $70 million in
The box-office smash, starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, also broke the record for highest-grossing opening weekend for an original R-rated film, beating out 2012 comedy Ted.
Us far surpassed early estimates indicating the film would bring in around $38 million, and nearly doubled opening weekend numbers for Peele’s first film, Get Out, which debuted to $33 million.
“Put simply, Jordan Peele is a genius,” Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution, said in a statement to Variety. “He’s managed to tap into something that the domestic box office can’t get enough of. People can’t wait to see what he does next.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.