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Box Office Estimates: ‘Us’ Blows Out Expectations

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#MovieStudioWeekend GrossLifetime Gross
2Captain MarvelBuena Vista$35,021,000$321,498,835
3Wonder ParkParamount$9,000,000$29,477,304
4Five Feet ApartLionsgate$8,750,000$26,461,064
5How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden WorldUniversal$6,533,000$145,752,630
6Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family ReunionLionsgate$4,500,000$65,881,232
7Gloria BellA24$1,802,500$2,498,485
8No Manches Frida 2PNT$1,780,000$6,626,279
9The LEGO Movie 2: The Second PartWarner Bros.$1,125,000$103,328,550
10Alita: Battle AngelFox$1,015,000$83,748,050


Us” went into the weekend with big expectations, but somehow managed to dramatically exceed even the most aggressive forecasts. With little competition and a brilliant marketing campaign, it was able to scare up the second biggest opening ever for a live-action, original movie (behind “Avatar“).

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Opening with over $70M, “Us” managed to not only double the opening of Jordan Peele’s debut film, “Get Out,” it also managed to outdo every other horror movie other than last year’s “Halloween” sequel. Going into the weekend, “A Quiet Place” seemed like the best comp, but after “Us” grossed nearly $30M on Friday, those comparisons fell apart.

Since the movie’s budget is reported to be only $20M, it is already a major money maker for Universal. But looking ahead, it is hard to know just how far it can go. “Get Out” grossed $176M, so it is fair to expect “Us” will get to at least $200M in the coming weeks.

Captain Marvel

In its second weekend, “Captain Marvel” managed a second place finish with $35M. That puts its domestic haul at over $320M. In the next few days, it should become one of the 20 biggest superhero movies of all time, and is expected to cross the $1 Billion mark worldwide.

Paramount’s “Wonder Park” came in with the third place finish with $9M. Its domestic haul now stands at just under $30M, plus an additional $10M overseas.

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Finishing in fourth place was “Five Feet Apart,” which managed nearly $9M. That placed it just ahead of fifth-place finisher, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” which raked in $6.5M in this, its fifth weekend.

A24’s “Gloria Bell” expanded well this weekend with a respectable $1.8M, moving up into the top ten.

The rest of the top films of the week holdovers from previous weeks. Spanish-language “No Manches Fridas 2,” “LEGO Movie 2,” and “Alita: Battle Angel” each added a bit more to their box office. “Alita” has earned just about $400M worldwide.

Next weekend looks much more crowded with Disney’s “Dumbo,” Pure Flix’s “Unplanned,” and Neon’s “The Beach Bum.”

Did you go see “Us” this weekend? Or did you check out something else? Comment below and share!


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