Director Jordan Peele’sUswas a hit for its opening weekend, dethroningCaptain Marveland pulling in an impressive$70.3 millionin ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Peele’s followup to 2017’sGet Outscared up earnings four times larger than his previous standout film.Get Out, for instance,earnedjust under two million for the first day of its release in 2017 butUsjust pulled in 7.4 million for that same opening day, according to Box Office Mojo.
Opening in 1,000 more theaters thanGet Out, Peele’s newest film will likely pull in nearly $70 million for its opening weekend, nearly $20 million over expectations. Along with its strong critical acclaim,Uswill mark the newest high-water mark for Peele’s budding film career.
WithUsbarreling into theaters, the shock flick pushed Marvel’sCaptain Marvelinto second place. But with a drop off of 45 percent in audience participation, the Brie Larson epic looks like it will end up far back in the superhero pack and may settle in around the 22nd highest grossing superhero films and only the tenth best box office for Marvel. Thus far,Captain Marvelhas brought in about $323 million worldwide.
Meanwhile, Paramount’s animatedWonder Parkcame in third place with an additional $9.5 million to give the film a $30 million worldwide box office in its second week in theaters.
Filling out the top five, CBS Films’ romantic dramaFive Feet Apartfell to fourth place bringing its two-week earnings to $25 million worldwide. Still, the Cole Sprouse-starring young adult drama beat expectations on its opening.
Finally, Universal and DreamWorks Animation’sHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden Worldhung in at the fifth spot, once again sticking in the top five since its February 22 opening. The film has earned nearly $621.5 million worldwide since its opening weekend.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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