Box Office Gives Plenty of Money to ‘Us’

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Jordan Peele’s newest horror film, Us, could be read as a parable about society’s haves and have-nots. But as for the movie itself … well, it’s unquestionably one of the haves.

Appropriately enough, Us killed it at the box office this weekend, with the dollars it earned seemingly multiplying like rabbits. Peele’s smart, bloody slasher sliced its way to an estimated $70.3 million in North America. That’s a record, by the way: In an era dominated by sequels and franchise flicks, Us had the most lucrative opening weekend of a live-action original movie since 2009’s Avatar (which, incidentally, became the highest-grossing film in history). The fact that Us also scored the third highest-grossing weekend ever for an R-rated horror movie—and, naturally, the highest opening weekend ever for an original R-rated film—seems almost anticlimactic record-keeping.

The success of Us pushed Captain Marvel down to No. 2. Marvel’s latest superhero movie earned $35 million in its third weekend of work, pushing its domestic tally to $321.5 million. That’s good enough for 10th place in Marvel’s teeming cinematic universe, just ahead of the original Iron Man ($318.4 million) and just behind Guardians of the Galaxy ($333.2 million). Add in the $588.8 million it has earned overseas, and Captain Marvel is nearing the $1 billion mark. It stands at $910.3 million right now, and Carol Danvers has plenty of power left in those plasma fists of hers.

Two sophomore entrants fill slots No. 3 and 4. The animated flick Wonder Park finished just ahead of the romantic drama Five Feet Apart, with Wonder earning $9 million to Five Feet’s $8.8 million. Meanwhile, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World continues to cling to a spot inside the box office’s top five. It flapped its way to another $6.5 million, bringing its total domestic haul to nearly $145.8 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 7 months ago
I purchased Detective Comics #1000. Truly a gem. If you haven't read comics before. You should get this if you have seen the Dark Knight Trilogy. It's a great starting point for getting into comics. 

GO BUY IT!!

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Miss Priss 7 months ago
I love Ezra, but I really hope they don't accommodate him when it comes to a darker tone for the Flash movie. That is not who that character is. If he doesn't want to play that, then he should be fired/let go so that they can recast him.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I haven't seen Us yet, but bravo! I hope it inspires other studios to take chances on directors with daringly original ideas.

-- The Kenosha Kid
Anonymous 7 months ago
Might go see "US" this week. Hoping that it is better then that garbage film Get Out.
-David the Clown
Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Who else is even more excited for Shazam! after seeing the great reviews the movie is getting?
Anonymous 7 months ago
I dunno. I am mildly interested in it. 
-David the Clown
Lyn Chartowich 7 months ago
Ha, that's the only film I really remember the release date for
(it's on my birthday)!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Yes! Super excited! Not as excited as I am for Endgame but It looks like DC is finally making good films! What with Aquaman and now Shazam!

And as an all around comic book fan I'm super excited.

"Your phone's charged. You're phone's charged. You're phone's charged!" 

XD can't wait.

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Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I agree! 

I'm hoping that now that DC has gotten Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Shazam done right, they can start to do the same with their other heroes. We got a Wonder Woman sequel coming out next year, a new Batman reboot coming in 2021 and an Aquaman sequel coming in 2022, so hopefully Warner Bros can gives us a Flash movie in 2021, a Superman and Green Lantern movie in 2022, and then, hopefully, we can get a proper Justice League movie in 2023.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Maybe. I kinda doubt it though. I've heard that Ezra Miller's contract is about to run out. Aquaman 2 definately looking forward to. Kinda doubting a 2022 release as they're still working on the script. And all the CGI they have to do. May be wrong though. I still haven't seen Wonder Woman yet. It's on my too watch list. 

 Really looking forward to James Gunn's Suicide Squad. 

Also, can't wait to pick up Detective Comics #1000 tomorrow.

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Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

They could just recast Miller, which at this point I kinda wish they would. I loved him in Justice League, but he wants his Flash movie to take a darker tone. That could work for the second or third Flash movie, but not for the first one. So if getting a more light hearted Flash movie that's actually, y'know, fun, means recasting Ezra Miller, I'm for it.

Someone actually recommended getting Andrew Garfield to replace Ezra Miller, and I honestly LOVE that idea.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Honestly, they should just use Grant Gustin from the TV series. He's doing a great job.

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Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

The only problem with that is that the tv shows and movies are not connected. It's a great idea, but it would ruin continuity for both the shows and the movies.

Sorry it took me so long to get back to this conversation; my schoolwork has been keeping me on my toes.
Anonymous 7 months ago
No. I didn't mean tie the continuity together. Just have him star as it. It probably would mess a lot of people up tho.

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