Box Office Preview: ‘Us’ Looks Set To Scare Up A #1 Finish


The last couple of weeks at the box office featured “Captain Marvel” flying high in the top spot. Marvel’s latest superhero outing has helped buoy a floundering start to the box office year. And while “Captain Marvel” continues to add to its total, there will likely be a new box office champion this weekend as Jordan Peele’s “Us” lurches onto screens nationwide.

Peele’s followup to the massively popular “Get Out” will open in over 3,700 theaters this weekend; over 1,000 more than “Get Out” in its debut. “Us” stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke and will look to build upon Peele’s unique brand of horror. Industry expectations peg the film as likely to come in around $50M, but with a staggering $7.4M from Thursday night previews, the take could be much higher.

Us” looks almost certain to outgross the $33M “Get Out” managed in its opening weekend. However, the true test will be whether it can replicate the longevity “Get Out” enjoyed. Strong reviews will help, but we will have to wait and see what audiences have to say.

Falling out of the top spot, “Captain Marvel” will still put up strong numbers. It is expected to drop by about 45% this weekend for a total of $37M. That would bring its domestic haul to $323M, placing it tenth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Wonder Park” will likely finish in third place with around $10M. That would put it in the neighborhood of $30M by the end of the weekend.

Last weekend, “Five Feet Apart” outperformed expectations and it seems set to continue its strong run. Look for the film to bring in around $8M, which would give it a domestic total of nearly $25M.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will likely have its final weekend in the top five with around $6M. That would put its domestic run at $145M.

The rest of the top ten will likely be made up of holdovers looking to add to their totals in a weekend where “Us” will almost certainly be the headline.

  1. Us (3,741 theaters) – $51.0 M
  2. Captain Marvel (4,278 theaters) – $37.2 M
  3. Wonder Park (3,838 theaters) – $9.5 M
  4. Five Feet Apart (2,866 theaters) – $7.6 M
  5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (3,346 theaters) – $6.0 M
  6. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral (2,187 theaters) – $4.6 M
  7. No Manches Frida 2 (472 theaters) – $2.2 M
  8. Captive State (2,549 theaters) – $1.5 M
  9. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (1,389 theaters) – $1.2 M
  10. Alita: Battle Angel (1,439 theaters) – $1.1 M

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