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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Breaks Box-Office Record for Original Horror Film

‘Us’ debuted to a $70M opening, becoming the highest-grossing opening weekend for an original horror film.

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Jordan Peele’s latest film, Us, debuted with an impressive $70 million in ticket sales, surpassing 2018’s A Quiet Place to become the highest-grossing opening weekend for an original horror film, Variety reports.

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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