Jay-Z Congratulates Jordan Peele For Having The #1 Movie With 'Us'

by Dwayne Torres March 27, 2019, 0:35
Jay-Z Congratulates Jordan Peele For Having The #1 Movie With 'Us'

For some perspective, $70.3 million is more than double the $33.3 million opening writer/director Jordan Peele's first film, Get Out, had back in the winter of 2017. When it comes to R-rated horror films specifically, Get Out sits at third in lifetime gross, behind It and the original Exorcist, which is another record Us could soon shatter. According to Variety, Universal and Peele's Monkeypaw Productions spent $20 million to make Us, not inclusive of marketing and distribution costs.

Additionally, "Us" has also become the biggest debut for an R-rated original title ahead of 2012's "Ted", which opened to $54.4 million, while coming in second as the biggest debut of the year behind "Captain Marvel".

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The highly anticipated film, starring Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and Winston Duke (Black Panther), premiered at SXSW just a few weeks ago. Since its debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival, Us has built up word of mouth. The new film has a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, rare praise for a horror flick.

Five Feet Apart, a romantic drama about two teens who fall in love while undergoing treatment for cystic fibrosis, secured the fourth slot with US$8.5 million. More recently, in Us, you can hear him in the role of "injured deer". The tally beat analysts' estimates of US$51 million to US$54 million - and ranked the film among the highest-openings ever for a horror feature. Paramount Pictures' animated adventure Wonder Park landed in third place, earning US$9 million for a North American bounty of US$29 million. The movie was pulled from theatres in New Zealand following the Christchurch shooting.

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