Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ gains biggest-ever opening for any original horror movie

Surpassing 2018's 'A Quiet Place'

Us has received the biggest-ever opening for an original horror movie, it has been reported.

The Jordan Peele-directed follow-up to Get Out hit cinemas on Friday (March 22). It stars Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as married couple Adelaide and Gabe Wilson as well as The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss, Ant-Man And The Wasp’s Tim Heidecker and more.

Following its release, Deadline reports that the film has taken over $70 million (£53m) across its opening weekend alone. Currently holding a 94% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is now also the most successful in its genre for an opening weekend at the box office.

The horror took the title from 2018’s A Quiet Place, which bagged $50 million (£38m) in its first weekend. Peele’s previous effort Get Out received $33 million (£25m) during its opening in 2017.

The buzz surrounding Us on social media has been noted as a contributing factor in the film’s huge success – with many viewers going online to debate theories and discuss its ending.

In a four-star review, NME concluded: “Towards the end of the film, the concept becomes a little stretched, even by its own internal logic. But it’s a film that confirms Peele as that rarest of things – a true auteur.”

Meanwhile, the cast of Us have shared a short music video in which they rap about their characters in the movie.